Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

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In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our community and to assist our students, faculty and staff in managing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has taken a number of actions and adopted a range of practices and protocols. They are outlined in the following campus communications:

Fall Planning Update

  • With flexibility in mind, and contingent upon public health guidelines and recommendations from campus medical experts, a resumption of as much in-person instruction as possible is being considered for fall quarter, as well opening student housing to as full or near-full capacity as is allowed. In addition, the gradual return of staff members to their on-site offices is expected to begin this summer, following applicable public health guidance, with the goal of a fuller return for fall. Discussions are underway nationally and at the UC Office of the President, and a working group has been established on campus to consider policies, logistics and potential for flexible work arrangements in the future. Details about fall plans can be found in the Chancellor’s Fall Planning Update: In-Person Instruction and Housing.

Vaccination Update

  • COVID-19 vaccines appointments continue to be available through the MyTurn portal and at pharmacy sites. In addition, Cottage Health’s Drive-Up Vaccination Clinic at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital has appointments. The drive-up clinic can accommodate walk-ins and bicyclists. Appointments can be made at

Return to Campus Requirements

  • All members of the university community who will be on campus or in campus-owned housing must complete the daily COVID-19 screening survey. Additionally, undergraduate students who live in campus-owned housing or who work, attend classes or conduct research on campus or want to access campus facilities must obtain a weekly COVID-19 test. Weekly testing is strongly recommended — though not required — for graduate students and for faculty and staff members coming to campus. Details regarding the daily screening survey and weekly testing can be found in the Return to Campus Requirements.

    In addition, employees working on-site must complete the “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training” course required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health, which is available through the UC Learning Center.

Library and Recreation Center Reopen on a Limited Basis

  • Beginning March 29, the UC Santa Barbara Library will open to students and to faculty and staff members on a reduced-capacity basis. The library will reopen a portion of the main library for reservation-only study space. Reservations can be made online. Guidelines and expectations for students regarding use of the space can be found on the library’s website. More information about the library’s reopening process is highlighted in an article on The Current. Beginning April 12, the Recreation Center will resume outdoor activities for students and for faculty and staff members, including reservation-only use of the aquatic complex, the outdoor fitness area and the outdoor climbing tower. Details and reservation information can be found on the Recreation Center’s website.

Chancellor’s COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Spring Quarter Instruction, Commencement, Enhanced Summer Program, Fall Quarter, and Remote Work Through June

  • Information regarding the University’s continuing COVID-19 vaccination effort as well as plans for spring quarter remote instruction, housing and reduced-occupancy openings of the Library and the Recreation Center are highlighted in the Chancellor’s COVID-19 Update. Also included is preliminary information about this year’s Commencement celebration, an enhanced summer quarter and possibilities for fall quarter instruction. In addition, guidance provided to staff members asks that those who have been working remotely continue doing so through June 30, 2021.

Regional Travel Guidance

  • Highlighting the travel advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health, campus medical experts and Santa Barbara County Public Health officials strongly urge community members to avoid non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who must travel, medical experts and the UC Office of the President recommend following all Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which outline the pre- and post-travel testing requirements the campus applies to the Daily COVID-19 Screening survey. More details can be found in the Travel Advisories section of the Health & Wellbeing page. If documentation of campus COVID-19 testing is needed for travel, please see Student Health’s student instructions. Faculty and staff members should email their requests to [email protected] 

Temporary Change to Absence From Work Policy Extended Through June 30, 2021 

  • UC President Michael Drake, M.D., has approved an extension through June 30, 2021, of the temporary change to the Absence from Work Policy for policy-covered staff employees, intended to offer relief to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policy-covered staff employees may use all of their accrued sick leave if they are unable to work or telework because they are caring for children who cannot be physically present at school or at their place of care (or with their child care provider) due to the pandemic. Subject to collective bargaining, a similar expansion of the use of sick leave is available to represented staff employees who have accrued sick leave. Also extended through June 30, 2021, is the time period during which paid administrative leave may be used for COVID-19-related reasons. More information can be found here and here.

Influenza Vaccination Mandate

  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2020, the UC Office of the President is making influenza vaccinations mandatory for all faculty, staff and students who will be working, living or learning on a UC campus anytime during the 2020-21 flu season. Faculty and staff members in need of a flu vaccination should contact their primary care providers or visit their local pharmacy. Students in need of a flu vaccination should contact Student Health. Appointments may be made through the Student Portal. Details about the influenza vaccination mandate as well as instructions for verifying a flu vaccination has been received can be found on the flu vaccination information page.

COVID-19 Budget Impacts

  • The COVID-19 crisis and its accompanying uncertainties have profoundly impacted the financial health of universities across the country, including UC Santa Barbara. The Chancellor’s Committee on Budget Strategies is working to preserve the campus’s fiscal health. Details may be found in the Chancellor’s Campus COVID-19 Update: Addressing Budget Impacts.

Additional notices from the Chancellor and others may be found in Messages to Campus.

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Chip of SB Apr 23, 2021 10:48 AM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Why are they worried about the flu after all these years? It is interesting to note they are not mandating the covid vaccines. No vaccine on an EUA has been mandated before and it is a legally controversial issue. The manufacturers of the covid vaccines are exempt from liability, but employers and the UC are not. It is questionable whether they can legally mandate an EUA vaccine, and if they did they could be held liable for damages if a student or employee who was forced/pressured into getting vaccinated claimed they were harmed by the vaccine and sued. Having said all that, I don’t understand why anyone would pay tens of thousands of dollars per year and/or go into debt to attend the UC if it’s going to be such an austere experience. Might as well just start a career instead at this point.

CoastWatch Apr 23, 2021 12:43 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

@ CHIP- Good points- If a H.S. graduate wants to be successful, self reliant and a financially secure individual, making $100k guaranteed after two years of training, GO TO A TRADE SCHOOL- We need Welders, Plumbers, High end Mechanics and HVAC workers...

Chip of SB Apr 23, 2021 01:19 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

I think you’re absolutely right coastwatch. There are countless skilled trades and professions that pay a strong six figure salary. A young person can get paid to learn these trades on the job, and/or go to a trade school for minimal cost. Most UC graduates have crippling debt, and make less than they would have if they had taken up a trade. Now, the “college experience” is gone. Who wants to deal with covid authoritarianism and and PC nonsense for four years? I would strongly encourage any young person considering college to stay out of debt and pursue a trade instead. It’s more fun now, and it will secure a more satisfying career and a more prosperous future.

OGSB Apr 23, 2021 08:02 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Coast, The problem is that they don't want to work... I have hired countless young people hoping they would "get it", but nope. They just expect to be paid way more and don't do shit. I would pay a hard worker who has an eye for perfection and wants to learn, at least double min wage to start. Knowing zero. Someone who knows a bit, way more! Never has worked out for me...

letmego Apr 23, 2021 10:50 AM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

I read the thing. The vaccine mandate says "flu vaccine required for the 2020-2021 flu season", which is, um, over? Unless that's a typo. I don't see any COVID vaccine requirement, just regular testing for undergraduates (weekly).

dukemunson Apr 23, 2021 01:57 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Odd article in that it doesn't mention the COVID Vaccine requirement that the UC system (and Cal State System) mandated yesterday. They are requiring the COVID vaccine for all students, faculty and workers (medical/religions exemptions do apply of course).

Chip of SB Apr 23, 2021 03:29 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

I imagine a lot of students will do as you say and go elsewhere. UCSB with a vaccine mandate, limited in person classes, frequent testing, and lots of authoritarian rules, or go to college in a place like Florida where the experience is more like it used to be. I would be very interested to see if the student population drops at UC schools as a result of these harsh policies. If I were hell bent on going to college in today’s climate, I would be taking a real hard look at going out of state to a school where fun is still allowed.

a-1619217422 Apr 23, 2021 03:37 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

What a lame exposition of ignorance. Yeah, going to a University should be all about fun, so going to a state with politically derived poor health policies is a great move!

Voice of Reason Apr 23, 2021 04:46 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Politically derived poor health policies? You mean like forcing everyone inside their homes, closing gyms and outdoor activities (beaches, playgrounds, campgrounds, etc.) when exercise and Vitamin-D have shown to be the best NPI at preventing covid hospitalizations? Like sending covid positive geriatrics into nursing homes? Like closing schools for a year? Like cannabis being "essential" medicine?

OGSB Apr 23, 2021 07:51 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

DPJ, So say the exact opposite was the narrative. If you don't like the way I do business, what I think, and state politically then f' off and quit? Sounds good and with no repercussions I assume?

RHS Apr 23, 2021 04:23 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

How many kooky people are out there? We "mandate" vaccines all the time. To go to public schools, to travel to areas where certain diseases are rampant. We mandate blood tests when people marry in many places. We require kids who live in dorms to get inoculated for certain diseases that are commonly a threat to such populations in such close quarters. We require military personnel get shots. Your dentist may make you take anti-antibiotics before dental surgery. Your medical provider may require you to do the same before and after surgery. People, this is science and it has saved millions of lives and has prevented infections and diseases for multiple times that many people. Let's start pulling together and let go of our crazed selfishness.

Chip of SB Apr 23, 2021 04:37 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

No vaccine that has not been fully approved by the fda has ever been mandated before. Mandating the use of a vaccine that has been allowed under an EUA is unprecedented and legally controversial.

OGSB Apr 23, 2021 07:43 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Chip, I don't think they are mandating a covid vaccine. A Flue vaccine, yes. Maybe I didn't read it clearly. I DO agree that they shouldn't mandate a un vetted vaccine though!

MountainMan4865 Apr 23, 2021 10:23 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

I remember, in the late 90's, Texas mandated a Rotovirus Vaccine... until 16+ toddlers died from their intestines basically telescoping in on themselves (but it's all for the greater good, right? So what's 16 toddlers?). That mandate lasted about 8 months. In California, the vaccines are 'mandated' if you want to attend public school, not if you want to be a breathing human being. The State, nor Federal government, I believe, is able to 'mandate' vaccines. It will come through school districts, corporate entities (airlines, grocery stores) and through public pressure for businesses. That's how the vaccine passports will work.

Basicinfo805 Apr 23, 2021 09:02 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

As of yesterday all UC's and CSU's are mandating COVID vaccination for all staff and students returning to campus come fall.

Thank goodness we're on the right track. And for those who want to rebel at all costs, here's what I can tell you...

This shouldn't even be controversial. It's what's right for everyone, including those who have nothing to do with the campuses. It's a frickin' shot in the arm. You might feel crappy the next day. I did. So what? That means it worked. You won't die from the shot. They're not injecting live virus, bleach, or random things into your body. It's not a conspiracy. It is based on science. There are professionals who know way more than you do about immunology and vaccine science that do this for a living. They know what they're doing. The "I do what I want" vibe that's pretty prevalent here in Ehat and around SB in general isn't cool. It isn't productive, and it isn't helping anyone.

Go ahead, hit me with a bunch of downvotes, let's see how how many I get. Just remember this isn't a popularity contest or a social media following. It's about people's lives and livelihoods, kids upbringings, family's getting together. It's not about YOU.

Rinconer Apr 24, 2021 07:51 AM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

In 1947, the Nuremberg code was adopted by all civilized countries on Earth. It clearly states that no medical treatment can be given without consent, and services cannot be denied for refusing elective medical treatment.

a-1619291140 Apr 24, 2021 12:05 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Claims on social media about the Nuremberg Codes and vaccines are bogus:

dukemunson Apr 24, 2021 11:26 AM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Fernald - they have already mandated the COVID vaccine for UC and CalState students, staff and campus personnel. Odd that this article doesn’t reference that... but that mandate has already been announced.

FollowingScienc... Apr 24, 2021 12:56 PM
Vaccine Mandate for UC Santa Barbara by November

Sadly, such measures have been tried and were unsuccessful at UCLA.

Remaining hopeful that schools and workplaces will ultimately do the right thing and, in the interests of Public Health and Safety, REQUIRE proof of COVID vaccine as a condition of attendance/employment.

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