Remember to get your flu vaccine by Nov. 19
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the potential for people to be infected by COVID-19 and the seasonal flu at the same time poses a threat to the health and safety of the UCOP and UC communities, as well as the public at large.
Vaccination against both viruses reduces the risk of hospitalization by 37% and also reduces the severity of illness, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza vaccinations have proven effective in reducing the risk of flu-related hospitalizations and the most serious forms of the disease.
On Tuesday, Oct. 12, all UCOP staff received a message about the systemwide flu vaccine mandate. Per President Drake’s executive order, all UC students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff who will learn, live or work on premises at a UC facility between Nov. 19, 2021, through the end of the flu season, must receive a flu vaccine or opt out by completing the Declination of Influenza Vaccination form. Starting Nov. 19, you will be asked to affirm your flu vaccination through UCOP Screen before entering any UC or UCOP facilities.
We encourage all employees to receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible through your medical provider or at a local pharmacy.
See frequently asked questions for employees about UC’s 2021-2022 flu vaccine executive order to learn more about UC’s policy.Tags: flu vaccine