COVID-19 Care, Testing, and Vaccination Protocols

Online scheduling has been re-enabled, but we are still not taking walk-ins. We have launched telehealth as a measure of providing care while also following public health guidance on social distancing.

UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling and Reporting for Students

The University of California is proposing a revised COVID-19 vaccination policy to begin Fall 2021. The proposed policy would replace the interim UC Policy and require all faculty, staff, trainees and students who access campus facilities at any UC location to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and would allow for individual exemptions. These vaccines have been shown to be very safe and effective.

UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) is asking all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or obtain a medical exemption by August 31, 2021.

UCSF students should take one of the following two actions before then:

  1. Get the COVID-19 vaccination.
  1. You must complete a medical exemption declination for the COVID-19 vaccination.

New Walk-in Vaccination Site for Students at Parnassus Height

Beginning May 28, UCSF will offer COVID-19 vaccines for students in Moffitt Hospital, Room M 286, on the Parnassus Heights campus. Students may just walk into this new location or schedule an appointment by calling (415) 476-3307. Here are the dates and hours of operation for the new vaccination site in Room M 286:

  • Tuesdays, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. from June 1 to July 27
  • Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 28 to July 30
Please visit the UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub and the SHCS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for more information on vaccine scheduling and more.



Asymptomatic Testing Program

The UCSF COVID-19 Asymptomatic testing portal has opened. The portal survey will help determine if, where, and when you should get a COVID-19 test. Students who have engaged in domestic travel, high-risk activities, have sustained low-risk exposures, or need testing for procedures or clinical rotations will be able to obtain testing through this pathway. This is NOT a replacement for the Daily Symptom Screener, which is still required to access UCSF facilities.

Students with symptoms, household or other high-risk exposure, or returning from international travel may not use this portal. Please send a secure message to the SHCS COVID-19 nurse for further instructions.

Please observe care-seeking protocols regarding the following scenarios:

Important Ways to Slow the Spread

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs


The questions below relate to the COVID-19 vaccine specifically within the scope of UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services.

    • No, SHCS is not involved in the scheduling or administration of the COVID-19 vaccines. You cannot get the vaccine through SHCS.

    • No. The Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be administered alone with at least 14 days of separation before or after any other vaccine is given. There is currently no information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines when administered at the same time as other vaccines. However, if one of the COVID-19 vaccines is accidentally administered within 14 days of another vaccine, there is no need for either vaccine to be repeated.

    • o You may return to work if your symptoms after vaccination do not last more than 48 hours and you have not had a fever in 24 hours.
      o For symptoms that either last more than 48 hours or begin more than 48 hours after the vaccine: send a secure message to the COVID nurse through MyHealthRecord.
      o If your symptoms have occurred or are occurring outside of the 48 hour vaccine window, you may require a COVID test prior to returning to work.

    • If you have access to receive a COVID vaccine, it is advisable to get it for your protection during the pandemic. As the data is published in the coming year, we will be able to advise if a repeat series with Pfizer or Moderna is clinically indicated or not for those who receive an alternate vaccine. See page 9 of the FAQs from UCOP Interim COVID-19 vaccine policy. Note that students may opt out of receiving the vaccine and UC has not yet specified which authorized or licensed vaccine is preferred.

    • An email address has been setup on the UCSF vaccine hub to respond to additional questions: [email protected]