Submit proof of your COVID-19 bivalent vaccine booster or opt-out by February 1

All UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students have until February 1, 2023, to get the bivalent booster vaccine for COVID-19 or submit an opt-out form.

The bivalent booster provides some protection against the original strains of SARS-CoV-2 as well as the omicron variant. Studies show that individuals who have received the bivalent booster have a lower risk of hospitalization, especially among those more than 65 years old.

You should submit your vaccination record, showing you have received the bivalent booster, or the opt-out form to the Occupational Health Services portal (on-campus or VPN required) or [email protected]. Check your record in HR Umbrella (on-campus or VPN required) to make sure your documents have been received.

Those who decide to opt out may be required to wear a mask in any UCSF facility or on campus as well as test frequently. Giving a reason for opting out is not required, however.

Current guidelines recommend that you wait 90 days after contracting COVID-19 to get your bivalent booster. If you have recently had COVID-19, you can submit the opt-out form now and get your booster when it is appropriate.


School of Pharmacy

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.