The state of California has engaged Blue Shield to manage the statewide distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. This represents a major shift to county-based mass vaccination programs. It could also mean that the University of California system will no longer receive vaccine doses for the purpose of vaccinating members of the campus community, at least until the vaccine is more widely available.
While UC Health officials are currently engaging in advocacy with the state for campuses to continue to receive vaccines, we are unlikely to receive new vaccine doses for at least the next two weeks.
It is our understanding that we will receive second doses for those who have received their first doses from University Health Services (UHS). We will continue to update our webpage on vaccine distribution as the situation develops.
According to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, anyone working in higher education (meaning all UC Berkeley employees — faculty and staff alike), is working in the “education sector” (as defined by the CDPH) and is therefore eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the CDPH “My Turn” website to receive a notification when vaccines are available in your area and when you are eligible to receive a vaccination. Additional opportunities may also be available through your health care provider.