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.

  • 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.

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.


Guidance on working remotely

Remote work: 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 the UCLA Return to Campus page.

Remote technology: The UCLA IT Support Center’s Connect at Home page has information on using Zoom, Slack, VPNs and other remote technologies. The campus also has a wide-ranging set of tips on how to work effectively from home, as well as ergonomic advice on setting up a home workstation. Additional resources are available below.

  • 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.

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 staff will receive a 3% increase to their base salaries. This increase will be effective June 27, 2021, for staff paid bi-weekly and July 1, 2021, for staff paid monthly. Guidelines and eligibility criteria are available on the Campus Human Resources website. Further inquiries should be directed to Campus Human Resources Compensation Services at 310-794-0890 or UCLA Health Human Resources at 310-794-0500.


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.


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.

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. 


Benefits and retirement

The University of California provides updates for UC employees on how their health, welfare and retirement benefits plans may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, contact your UCLA human resources 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.


Information for health care workers and other staff on campus

For staff remaining on campus full time or part time, refer to the “What should I do if I’m working on campus?” section of this FAQ page and to this communication (PDF) from the Administrative Vice Chancellor for basic guidance on physical distancing, symptom monitoring and other safety precautions.

For questions related to work, benefits and other resources, UCLA Health employees should visit UCLA Health’s human resources page.

UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have established a COVID-19 Wellness and Mental Health Workgroup to provide emotional support for UCLA Health staff and faculty working on the front lines of the pandemic.

Recommended COVID-19 resources

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For journalists

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