On Thursday, the University of California released the final COVID-19 vaccine policy, with the effective date for policy compliance Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, two weeks before the UC Berkeley fall term begins.
The policy allows for exceptions to COVID-19 vaccination based on a medical exemption, disability accommodation, or religious objection; pregnant individuals may also request a deferral if they wish for the duration of the pregnancy. Forms and the process for submitting documentation can be found on the COVID-19 requirements webpage.
Unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions or accommodations may come to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with the campus testing plan, which at a minimum will be weekly. Those that are in the process of being vaccinated are also required to remain masked and comply with the testing requirements until fully vaccinated.
Those that are not compliant with the UC vaccine policy by Aug. 4, either with an approved exception or vaccination, may be restricted from some campus access (other than housing).
University Health Services continues to hold on-campus vaccine clinics that are open to all students, faculty and staff either through pre-booked appointments on eTang or by drop-in. In August, large-scale vaccine clinics will be held for those students returning to campus that still have Mandatory TB and Immunization Requirements and/or need a COVID-19 vaccine.