COVID-19 Update

All campus visitors must be fully vaccinated AND BOOSTED, wear a mask, & submit a COVID symptom check. Visit our COVID page for updates.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Question

Can I get a COVID vaccination exception or deferment?

Yes. UC allows for an exception based on a medical exemption, disability, or religious belief.

Students who have been granted an exception or are waiting to hear about a pending request may be subject to special requirements such as increased surveillance testing.*

Submit your exception request

UCSC Silicon Valley students may apply for an exception to the vaccination mandate. You can find the necessary forms at the Forms Library. Once you complete your request, please upload it to the secure link.

Learn more about COVID protections

To learn more about the latest COVID protections and mask mandate exceptions, please visit the Santa Clara County Health Department website.

For more information on vaccine exceptions, exemptions, and deferrals, please look to this more complete FAQ on the COVID vaccination policy, in particular, questions 9–15.

* Please disregard if you’re enrolled in an online course and don’t plan on visiting the building.
Updated Sept. 10, 2021