2020 Flu Vaccine

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2020 Flu Vaccination Requirement

To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.

The executive order is an important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community — and the public at large — and to lessen the severe burdens on health care systems anticipated during the coming fall and winter from flu and COVID-19 illnesses.

In addition to protecting those on campuses and the surrounding communities, this requirement is designed to avoid a surge of flu cases at health care facilities across the state during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Who does this apply to?

The executive order requires the vaccination for all faculty and staff who are working at a UC location. The university already has a clear policy on immunizations for students, and this action adds influenza to existing vaccination requirements for them, and extends the requirement to faculty and staff beyond those which presently exist for all UC health care workers.

Where can I get a flu vaccine?

You can get a flu vaccine from a variety of sources:

  • Your health care provider. All UC medical plans which cover faculty, staff and students include coverage for flu vaccinations at no cost to those covered by the plan. In addition, for those without group health care coverage, all ACA-compliant health plans also cover flu vaccinations as part of a preventive care package that includes no copay.
  • Use the CDC Vaccine Finder to see where vaccines are available near you.

How do I document that I got a flu shot or an exemption/accommodation?

In late October 2020, the campus will survey all employees to determine if they (a) received a flu shot, (2) are requesting an exemption/accommodation (medical, religious, etc.), or (c) are not going to be accessing any UC properties.  We will use the honor system to confirm that employees have received a flu shot and only employees requesting an exemption/accommodation will be required to submit documentation.

What will happen to my access to campus or other UC properties if I do not get a flu shot or have a documented exemption/accommodation by November 1, 2020?

Your access to campus and other UC properties will be revoked if you do not comply with the flu shot or exemption/accommodation requirements. Once you are in compliance, your access will be restored. If the inability to access university facilities affects your ability to perform your job, i.e. you are required to be on-site, work with your supervisor to find alternatives so that you can continue to work. However, if there are no alternatives there may be consequences as determined by your supervisor.

Exemptions & Accommodations

Medical Exemption Request

To request a Medical Exemption, please complete the request form and either:

If you are unable to submit the form via fax, call Occupational Health at (510) 642-6891.

To request a Religious Accommodation, please complete the request form. 

Staff should submit completed Religious Belief accommodation forms and any additional information to ELR Consultant Courtney Foster at courtney.foster@berkeley.edu.

Faculty and non-faculty academics should submit completed Religious Belief accommodation forms to the Academic Personnel Office at appolicy@berkeley.edu.


If you have an existing Reasonable Accommodation due to a disability, please complete the request form. Staff should submit completed Disability Accommodation forms and any additional information to ELR Consultant Courtney Foster at courtney.foster@berkeley.edu

Faculty and non-faculty academics should submit completed Disability Accommodation forms to the Academic Personnel Office at appolicy@berkeley.edu.