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Required COVID-19 Testing

As part of our institutional efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our campus community, UC San Diego has a weekly testing requirement for all academics and staff who work on-site at any physical UC San Diego location who are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose of vaccine). Required testing is offered through UC San Diego Health at no cost to employees.

  • If you currently visit campus at least once per week and are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to get tested every seven days. You will use the self-administered testing process. Visit the Return to Learn Employee Testing page to learn more about how to complete the weekly testing requirement by taking a self-administered test. 
  • If you visit campus less frequently than once per week and are not fully vaccinated, make an appointment to get tested no more than seven days before your visit to campus. If you are unable to schedule a test in advance of your visit, please schedule within 7 days following your visit to campus. The testing appointment can happen on the same day as your visit, but testing availability varies and same-day appointments are not guaranteed, so please plan ahead.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing for employees »

Required testing for employees who are not fully vaccinated is an important component of our work to identify COVID-19 cases with mild or no symptoms in our community and prevent the transmission of the virus. Learn more about testing and screening as part of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program »

More information about required COVID-19 testing for UC San Diego employees who are not fully vaccinated can be found in the FAQs below. If you have additional questions about required employee testing after reviewing the FAQs, please contact your department Human Resources representative or email

Please note: the information on this page related to testing pertains to UC San Diego campus employees. Health Sciences and Health System employees should contact Health Human Resources for guidance and information.