Notice of Open Comment Period for the UC Policy on Vaccination Programs

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Biju Kamaleswaran, Interim Vice Chancellor Finance, Operations, and Administration

On August 30, 2022, the Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Interim Amendments was issued, with an effective date of September 1, 2022. The University of California Office of the President invites comments on revisions from the interim amendments to finalize this Presidential Policy.

This policy is renamed “Policy on Vaccination Programs” and primarily consolidates the University’s existing systemwide vaccination requirements other than the Student Immunization Policy into a single document. 

Key revisions to the policy include:

  • The COVID-19 Vaccination Program Attachment incorporates language from the July 15, 2021 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program policy. This is primarily a reorganization and simplification of existing policy language and is not intended to institute substantive changes in policy regarding existing COVID-19 vaccination requirements. 
  • In alignment with CDC guidance, the deadlines for completion of the primary COVID-19 vaccination series have been extended to allow for a longer interval period between doses.
  • Locations are encouraged to evaluate COVID-19 Vaccination Program Participation, but Healthcare Locations are not required to do so.
  • The COVID-19 Vaccination Program corrective action/discipline language for policy-covered academic appointees has been clarified.
  • The Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment incorporates language from the President’s past flu vaccine Executive Orders. The Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program is an Opt-Out program, which means Covered Individuals may decline vaccination after receiving vaccine education. The Program has an annual compliance date of no later than December 1. Locations may choose an earlier compliance date.  The first compliance date for new employees depends on when their first date of employment is in relation to the flu season.  
  • The language has been updated throughout consistent with current public health usage.
  • The following groups are Covered Non-Affiliates instead of Covered Individuals: “K-12 students and children enrolled in day care programs and camps sponsored by the University or operated at a University Facility or Location; as well as individuals enrolled in UC extension programs, continuing education, lifelong learning, seminars, workshops, and other non-degree-granting educational programs.” For clarity, individuals enrolled in professional development and recreational programs are also included in the definition of “Covered Non-Affiliates.” This provides Locations with flexibility on local program implementation as Locations define the requirements for Covered Non-Affiliates.

The draft policy is posted online.

Comments may be submitted to the Policy Coordination Office at by close of business December 15, 2022.

The campus community can stay informed on the latest campus response to COVID-19 on the Slug Strong website