Now is the time to provide vaccination info, get vaccinated if you’ve been waiting

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Chancellor Cindy Larive

The best way to confront uncertainty is through preparation, and preparing for fall quarter this year requires very specific things from our campus community.

  • If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, and have yet to upload your vaccine information, now is the time to do so. Instructions for employees to submit proof of vaccination are online. Students should log in to the campus health portal, go to Medical Clearances, then COVID-19 to add their information. If you received your vaccine from our on-campus clinic, we already have a record of your vaccine and no other action is required on your part for verification.

  • If you are planning to be vaccinated and have yet to schedule your shots, it's time to do it. Many options are available to you.Do not delay further.

The University of California has made COVD-19 vaccinations mandatory for all faculty, staff, academic appointees, and students as a condition for accessing facilities at any UC campus this fall. Driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, the spike in COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths over the past month primarily in unvaccinated individuals highlights the urgent need to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage in our campus community.

Thanks so much to all of you who have submitted your COVID-19 vaccination record. As of Aug. 11, we have received vaccination records for roughly 53 percent of employees and 48 percent of students who are expected to be on campus this fall. We can, and must, do significantly better.

The deadline for employees and students to submit their proof of vaccination or to initiate a request for exception is Sept. 9. Failure to timely comply with the policy either by submitting proof of vaccination or securing an exception will lead to potential disciplinary consequences.

We must all do our part to control COVID-19. For the safety of all of our community members, it's important that everyone who can get vaccinated does so. Thank you for doing all you can to keep our campus community safe.