Your Health

USF Don wearing a maskThe unprecedented conditions of the pandemic mean that now, more than ever, it’s important for all members of the USF community to treat one another with care and dignity. It is critical that we pause and reflect on how our words and reactions can affect others during this global health crisis. We all have to do our part.

Monitoring

In addition to checking for symptoms related to COVID-19, we ask that you utilize the Dons Health Check app at home daily before reporting to work.

Student Vaccination Requirement

All students taking in person classes are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by 8/24/21.

Vaccines are crucial to having a safe, healthy environment at USF and in our broader community. We encourage you to get a vaccine as soon as you are able to do so. As a reminder, all students should:

  1. Schedule their first vaccination appointment as soon as possible. 
  2. Make a plan for the second dose at the same time.
  3. Protect and duplicate vaccine documentation cards.
  4. For California residents, obtaining and saving the California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record.

Here are resources for securing a vaccination appointment in the United States: 

  • Visit VaccineFinder.org to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. 
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in your area.

International students

International students are eligible to receive the vaccine in the U.S., and the San Francisco Department of Public Health has announced that vaccines are available to all individuals 12 years or older. International students living in the U.S. can follow the steps above to book a vaccination appointment in their current location or in San Francisco. Students arriving from abroad will be able to receive the vaccine upon arrival.

If you are an international student currently abroad and have completed a World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccine series in your home country, you are considered fully vaccinated in the U.S. Following are the WHO-authorized vaccines:

  • Pfizer (two doses) 
  • Moderna (two doses) 
  • Johnson & Johnson (one dose) 
  • AstraZeneca (two doses) 
  • BIBP/Sinopharm (one dose) 
  • Sinovac

If you have not completed a WHO-authorized vaccine series, or if you received a non-authorized vaccine, you need to get an FDA-authorized series in the U.S. to be considered fully vaccinated. Lastly, if you are an international student hoping to work in the U.S., there may be additional vaccine requirements from your employer. 

As a reminder, students who complete a vaccine series are not required to complete the travel quarantine upon arrival.

Proof of vaccination 

USF is partnering with Med+Proctor to track proof of vaccination. If you have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, please submit the results through Med+Proctor.

With proper documentation, USF will accept medical exemptions and religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. As of August 12, 2021, USF is no longer accepting personal exemptions. Medical exemption requires a letter from a health care provider stating that the immunization is medically contraindicated. Proof of medical exemption can be submitted directly to Med+Proctor.

Religious exemptions will only be accepted for the COVID-19 vaccine (and not other USF-required immunizations). An exemption requires a signed written statement from the student describing the reason for the exemption and must include:

  • An explanation of the reason for exemption in your own words
  • A description of the religious principle that guides your objection
  • An indication of whether this religious belief constitutes an objection to all immunizations or only this vaccine; if it is not an objection to all immunizations, you must explain the religious basis for not receiving this particular immunization

Statements must be signed and submitted to USF Health Promotion Services using this form.

Students who receive exemptions will receive additional information regarding testing and other university expectations.

For students that were not able to receive their vaccination prior to coming to campus:

  • Come to the USF Immunization Clinic to be held on campus in partnership with our USF Student Clinic / Dignity Health Medical Group. Students can receive the Moderna vaccine. 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 12-3pm at UC 402/403
  • Saturday, Aug. 21, 10am-3pm at UC 402/403 
  • Schedule an appointment at the USF Student Health Clinic for your COVID-19 vaccine. 

Testing

If you have had at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19 or you believe that you have come in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, you should follow the below steps and provide Health Promotion Services with your test results.

Get tested for COVID-19 if:

Contact Tracing

Report the results of the test to the COVID-19 Response Team at covidtracing@usfca.edu.

It is imperative that the university has the test results so that your fellow students/co-workers and other contacts can take measures to protect themselves and others. Even a negative result is important, so we will know whether to allow those individuals to return to work.

The individual’s personal information will be held strictly confidential. As required by law, the COVID-19 Response Team may disclose the student/employee’s information to public health, school, and legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling communicable diseases.

Respect the Community

  • Resist the tendency to make broad generalizations about people. Harmful behaviors can occur when anxiety and fear are projected onto entire social groups.
  • Treat community members with care and empathy.