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 COVID-19 vaccination policy requires all faculty, staff, trainees and students who access campus facilities at any UC location to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In accordance with the UC-wide COVID-19 vaccination policy, all members of the UCSF community must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals with a CDC recognized contraindication and those with sincerely held religious beliefs must submit a request for exemption/exception to the OHS portal. Only students who are vaccinated and those with approved exemption/exception requests are permitted on campus.

UCSF students should take one of the following two actions:

  1. Get the COVID-19 vaccination.
  1. If you believe that you qualify for a medical exemption or religious belief exception...

Drop-in COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

UCSF is offering more drop-in sites where employees and learners can get safe, free and effective COVID-19 vaccines. People may just walk into these locations or schedule an appointment by calling (415) 476-3307. Please visit the UCSF COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub and the SHCS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for more information on vaccine locations, 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.

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