4/27: Vaccination and testing updates

USC is making a number of changes to ensure we remain on a trajectory toward a safe and successful in-person restart in the fall:

Surveillance testing requirements: Beginning May 3, surveillance testing (“pop testing”) is no longer required of students, faculty and staff wishing to access campus or take part in on-campus activities. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna) or your single dose of a single-dose series (such as Johnson & Johnson). 
Those who are not fully vaccinated, including those who submit personal declinations, will be required to test once per week for faculty, staff and graduate students, and twice weekly for undergraduate students. (Note: declinations forms are no longer accepted, as of revised university policy dated June 29)

Vaccine policy: Students, staff and faculty are required to upload either a proof of vaccination or a personal declination by June 1. Details on exceptions for those who are unable to receive a COVID vaccination due to a disability or religious reason will be announced in the future.

Uploading your vaccine record: If you received your vaccinations at USC Student Health or Keck Medicine of USC, your vaccination records are updated automatically. If you received a vaccination elsewhere, you must upload a photo of your vaccine card to MySHR (in the “Upload Documents” section).

Testing required for those who travel: Testing remains in effect for all students returning to the campus area from outside of Los Angeles, regardless of vaccination status, as well 2020 and 2021 graduates who are returning for commencement and students and employees who begin returning to campus over the summer or in the fall. 

Travel remains a risk, and all individuals are recommended to follow California Department of Public Health and CDC guidance on travel.

Read Tuesday’s full announcement from Provost Charles Zukoski.