COVID-19 vaccines at UCLA

Currently, the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations are available for members of the campus community through UCLA and state and local health agencies.

  • UCLA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information hub provides the most up-to-date details about the vaccines and answers to dozens of questions about vaccine safety, effectiveness and distribution.
  • Vaccinations for the campus community: The University of California announced its systemwide vaccination policy on July 15, 2021, which will require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students to be vaccinated, subject to narrow medical exemptions and accommodations based on disability or religious belief. For more on the policy and specific information on vaccinations for UCLA faculty, staff and students, visit this site’s Vaccines at UCLA page and Return to Campus page.
  • Vaccine town halls: UCLA is hosting a series of town halls and other events to keep the campus informed about the vaccination process, vaccine development and related topics. Visit our Vaccine Town Halls page for information on upcoming events and videos of past events.

Status of classes and instruction

At this time, UCLA expects to offer close to 80% of courses in-person during the fall term. Large lecture classes will most likely be held remotely, with corresponding discussion sections held primarily in person. For details about our instructional plans for summer and fall 2021, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

Expansion of campus services and activities

The campus is now open to the general public. California’s economic reopening and revised public health orders issued by Los Angeles County have allowed for the expansion of on-campus services and activities, including certain libraries, museums, restaurants, dining halls and recreation facilities. For more details, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

Campus health and safety precautions

Face masks and physical distancing: Density and physical distancing restrictions have been lifted on campus — with limited exceptions, including workplace COVID-19 outbreaks. At this time, mask use, regardless of vaccination status, is required in all indoor spaces on the UCLA campus, including classrooms, teaching labs, libraries, pre-K–12 facilities, indoor recreation spaces and when using BruinBus, BruinAccess and UCLA SafeRide services. Masks are also required for those working and participating in summer youth camp activities — both indoors and outdoors. Visit our Return to Campus page for further details.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: Although UCLA announced June 15 that regular COVID-19 surveillance testing would no longer be required for fully vaccinated students, staff and faculty, the recent surge in cases and hospitalizations has required us to change course. Beginning July 16, we will be resuming mandatory weekly testing for all those living, learning or working on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Detailed information on the testing program is available on our Return to Campus page and Prevention, Testing and Treatment page.

Symptom monitoring program: Daily symptom checks are still required for students, faculty, staff (including UCLA Health employees) who are living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status. More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available for students (PDF)staff and faculty performing non-healthcare work on campus (PDF)third-party contract workers (PDF); and essential visitors (PDF).

COVID-19 case dashboard: UCLA’s COVID-19 case dashboard (DOCX) keeps those on campus informed if they were present in a UCLA building where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been. When UCLA receives notice of a positive case, the dashboard is updated and an email is sent to those who indicated in their symptom monitoring survey that they would be present in the related facility. Emails are sent to both campus and UCLA Health employees.

Bruin Ambassadors: As part of the Bruin Public Health Campus Ambassadors program, ambassadors are stationed at key points throughout the campus to provide information and guidance.

Compliance with safety measures: UCLA’s first focus is on education and the development of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we hope all members or our campus community will assist in these efforts, necessary procedures will be in place (PDF) for enforcing compliance if individuals refuse to abide by the public health mitigation measures issued by campus.

Resources for remote teaching

UCLA’s twin Keep Teaching sites — one on remote teaching and one on remote technology resources — cover everything from hardware and software to shaping online courses, teaching strategies, Zoom lecturing, proctoring exams and student assessment.

A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Instruction provides comprehensive step-by-step instruction for faculty and TAs teaching remotely for the first time. That guide is part of Resources for Teaching Remotely, which goes into further detail on the pedagogical and technological aspects of remote instruction.

The Shifting to Remote Teaching table offers helpful teaching tips and and links for faculty and TAs based on their remote instruction experience and the amount of time they have to prepare their courses.

UCLA’s Planning for Academic Continuity page is the campus’s central hub for up-to-date news and resources related to remote instruction. Faculty are encouraged to check the site regularly for the latest on technology, teaching strategies and messages from the campus administration pertaining to online learning.

The Copyright Concerns and Remote Teaching page addresses copyright issues around remote instruction, including instructors recording video of themselves, the use audio and video resources in lectures, and sharing copies of course material with students.

UCLA offers ongoing online teaching workshops for faculty and TAs, as well as quarterly training workshops for TAs.

Campus IT Services provides a list of IT support resources for each division, school, department and unit.

Hardware, software and accessories are available through the UCLA Computer Store, which offers academic discounts and has an in-depth knowledge of UCLA departments’ technology requirements.

Faculty course materials: While print reserves are currently not available from the UCLA Library for instructional purposes, library staff will help faculty and instructors obtain electronic materials for their courses. In some cases, they will digitize content from library-owned materials and provide them to faculty and instructors through course management systems. For further information on course materials, visit the library’s Information for Instructors page. To submit digitization requests, see the Faculty Reserves page.

The UCLA Library also provides research assistance and other support for instructors.

Guidance on working remotely

Although the gradual expansion of on-campus services and activities will require some employees to return to in-person work in spring, the vast majority of employees currently working remotely should expect to continue doing so through at least June 30, 2021. For more information, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

Planning is underway to develop more permanent flexible work options for those staff members who are able to continue working effectively from home.

Safety and security for remote learning environments

To help members of the UCLA community manage Zoom security — including preventing unwanted intrusions during remote classes and meetings — the Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor has published guidance on Zoom security settings.

UCLA Information Technology Services also provides guidance on Zoom updates, including which of the platform’s features are approved for use at UCLA.

Educational accessibility for students with disabilities

The UCLA Center for Accessible Education website assists faculty in making accommodations for students with disabilities. It provides information on viewing students’ accommodation letters, changes to exam and classroom accommodation procedures, making recorded lectures available to students, and other topics.

The UCLA Office of Information Technology’s Disabilities and Computing Program helps to ensure that faculty and students are aware of accessible best practices and that academic content is available and understandable to all.  

Campus research operations

As of June 1, 2021, the research operational plan (ROP) program UCLA launched with the move to Phase 2 of the ramp-up plan (PDF) is longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field.

Principal investigators can now utilize as many researchers — including staff, postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, volunteers and visiting scholars — as they deem necessary, as long as they continue to comply with all mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Californian Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

For more information on the research ramp-up, visit our Return to Campus page.

Impact of COVID-19 on employment and salaries

No layoffs: UCLA will have no pandemic-related layoffs for career employees through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2021.

Salary increase of 3%: Following the expiration of the University of California’s 2020–21 fiscal year systemwide pay freeze, all eligible, policy-covered UCLA faculty members will receive a 3% increase to their base salaries. This increase will be effective Oct. 1, 2021. Inquiries may be directed to the Academic Personnel Office.

Paid leave options related to COVID-19

In addition to employees’ regular accrued leave and other paid leave, there are several options related to COVID-19:

  • The UC Office of the President announced Nov. 12 that all UC employees would be eligible to receive up to 128 hours (16 days) of additional paid administrative leave (PDF) if they are unable to work for COVID-19–related reasons, including their own illness, if they are caring for a sick family member or if child care concerns require them to be at home and make work untenable.
  • The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which went into effect April 1, expands the options (PDF) for emergency paid sick leave (up to two weeks) and family medical leave (up to 12 weeks) for UC employees.

This chart (PDF) lays out the various leave options available. For further information, visit Campus Human Resources and read its employee FAQ page regarding COVID-19 and staff.

To provide relief for policy-covered, full-time faculty members who are spending at least 50% of their time caring for dependents of any age — whether children, adults or elders — UCLA has introduced a policy change that will allow them to apply for modified academic duties. More information on Interim COVID-Related Dependent Care Modified Duties can be found in this program description (PDF), and application forms are available (PDF)Read the full message from campus leadership (PDF)

COVID-19 and accrued vacation days

Because of increased workloads and COVID-19–related travel restrictions, many policy-covered employees have been unable to take time off and have now accrued the maximum allowable vacation leave.

A policy announced June 29, 2020, grants these employees additional time (retroactively, from June 1 until Dec. 31, 2020) to use their vacation days in order to bring their accrual balance below the maximum. During this period, they will continue to accrue vacation leave.

  • Under the policy, departments are encouraged to work with employees to bring their balances below the maximum by June 30, 2021. Effective July 1, 2021, employees who are over the maximum vacation leave accrual limit will stop accruing additional hours.

For further information, employees should contact Campus Human Resources or their departmental representative. 

Medical treatment at UCLA Health facilities

In-person visits: UCLA hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and clinics throughout Southern California remain open, including imaging and interventional centers. Rigorous infection-prevention policies are in place at all facilities. While UCLA Health continues to see and treat patients in person, faculty should contact their doctor directly or call 800-825-2631 for guidance on in-person visits.

Video visits: Whenever it is safe and possible, patients and care providers are encouraged to schedule video visits. For information on video visits, patients can call their doctor’s office or 800-825-2631. Click here to learn more about video visits.

Prescriptions and medication: All UCLA retail pharmacies are operating during regular hours and can be reached at 310-206-DRUG. For more information, see UCLA Health’s FAQ on prescriptions (PDF).

For more information on appointments and other health-related topics, visit UCLA Health’s coronavirus FAQ page.

Where can I turn for counseling?

Employees are encouraged to contact UCLA’s Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, which offers online advice and telehealth sessions for UCLA staff and their families and significant others. The center can be reached at 310-794-0245.

Further resources are available on this site’s Emotional, Social and Physical Well-Being page.

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