Date: August 21, 2020 at 04:55:43 GMT+9
Subject: Mandatory UC-wide Flu Vaccination
Dear UCSF Community,
The UC Office of the President has issued an order requiring every member of the UC community to receive an influenza vaccine this fall. This means that all UCSF community members, across the campus and UCSF Health, will be required to receive a flu shot this year, whether you are working remotely or on site.
UCSF supports this important action as it will help protect our community and reduce the potential of overwhelming hospitals and health systems with both influenza and COVID-19 cases this fall and winter.
At UCSF, we will be implementing our flu shot campaign starting September 1 to help meet UCOP’s vaccination deadline of November 1. This campaign will include 140 flu clinics across UCSF, as well as 170 flu deputies within our health system to provide free vaccines to their colleagues. In addition, UCSF Health and a number of community partners will be providing flu vaccines to our patients.
In the coming weeks, we will provide additional details on where and how to receive flu shots through UCSF, as well as other information on exemptions. For now, please visit the flu page on the COVID-19 website to learn more.
Getting your flu vaccination this year is particularly important. As the world struggles to manage COVID-19, this year’s flu season has the potential to compound the pressure on hospitals and health systems, and cause unnecessary illness and suffering.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter, and for doing your part to help keep all of our communities healthy and safe.
Josh Adler, MD
Chief Clinical Officer, UCSF Health
Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs, UCSF School of Medicine