Tuesday, June 15, 2021

University of California Regents June 23, 2021 Meeting Agenda- Full Board, Governance and Health Committees. (UC Regent Ortiz Oakley comments on) UC changes policy on vaccination for Covid 19 for UC employees etc.

 Regent Eloy Ortiz Oakley, also chancellor of the CA community colleges system, is interviewed in a new SF Chron article:

but not on:


Instead on:
 "UC reverses course, will require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated this fall"

"In an about-face, the University of California will require all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against the coronavirus this fall, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines only for emergency use.

UC President Michael Drake “does plan to move forward with the vaccine mandate,” Regent Eloy Oritz Oakley told The Chronicle on Monday."...

"Oakley said the regents have not been briefed on the new decision but that more information is expected at their two-day meeting that starts July 21."
"University Professional & Technical Employees union, told The Chronicle in April that unions representing UC staff members — including researchers, pharmacists and health care workers — were concerned that employees could lose their jobs if they declined to be vaccinated.

The union is one of several that filed an unfair labor practice charge against UC last fall over the university’s mandated flu vaccinations. The unions accused UC of making it difficult for employees to receive exemptions."
"California State University officials said Monday they were still planning to wait for full FDA approval before mandating COVID vaccinations. But that could change.

“We will continue to evaluate the situation as we get closer to the fall term,” CSU spokesperson Michael Uhlenkamp told The Chronicle.

Stanford University plans to require vaccinations for its students this fall."

 --Ortiz Oakley (or does he just go by Oakley now, or do folks covering regents just do that?) might have given the interview to SF Chron on behalf of regents and UCOP as a way to pre-empt any further discussion of the item in June or in advance of July meeting- or, he may be wrong about waiting til July. Hard to imagine it does not come up at June regents session esp in public comments: see below 
{We add in here--UCOP's Drake seems to be silent on all things UC right now. The physician UC prez silent on this new UC vaccine policy as any interview item with Drake. Ortiz Oakley does the interview on vaccine policy at UC but the article does not include mention of CA community colleges vaccine policy. The chair of the UC  regents Perez is in his final month of being chair and the Dignity Health -UC agreements come up as an agenda item, see below - its Pride month and there is an LGBTQ and Women's Health component to that  matter for the UC Regents and it is an issue the chair acknowledges is important to him as detailed here in prior posts.}



Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Teleconference Meeting Conducted in Accordance with Paragraph 3 of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20
--when are the regents going to be meeting -not on zoom- but at UC locations in person again , btw?

Agenda – Open Session

Public Comment Period



Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Agenda – Open Session

Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 6, 2021

H1 Discussion: Update from the Executive Vice President of UC Health

H2 Action Item Consent Agenda:

A. Approval for Participation in a Cancer Care Joint Venture with a Bay Area Health System, San Francisco Campus

B. Participation in a Joint Venture to Develop a Medical Office Building in Fremont, California, San Francisco Campus

H3 Action: Proposed Request for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Master Facilities Plan Phase 2 Including New Hospital Pavilion, San Francisco Campus

H4 Discussion Item Speaker Series – Searching for the Cure: A Clinical Trial of CRISPR Technology in Sickle Cell Disease, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Campuses

H5 Discussion Item Community Benefit and Impact, UC Health


Agenda – Closed Session

Action: Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 6, 2021

H6(X) Information: UC Health Litigation Update



Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Agenda – Closed Session

G1(X) Discussion Item: Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Vice President – External Relations and Communications, Office of the President


Agenda – Open Session

G1 Action Item  Approval of Appointment of and Compensation for Senior Vice President – External Relations and Communications, Office of the President as Discussed in Closed Session

Full Board

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 1:20 p.m.

Agenda – Open Session

Remarks of the Chair of the Board

Remarks of the President of the University

Remarks of the Chair of the Academic Senate

Committee Reports Including Approvals of Recommendations from Committees: Governance Committee

B1 Action: Adoption of Regents Policy on Affiliations with Healthcare Organizations that Have Adopted Policy-Based Restrictions on Care


On Covid 19 and UC - there appears to be a change : UC now is not waiting for FDA and is now instituting a mandate on Covid 19 vaccination and requiring  masks for employees in certain situations:

"An update on the voluntary return to UC Berkeley’s campus"

This means that there could be different rules that apply in the workplace than those that apply in your personal life, as has been the case throughout the pandemic.

Cal/OSHA is working to revise its regulations, but, for now, face coverings will still be required at all times while working indoors unless you are alone in an enclosed office or room.

and also see:
"University of California COVID-19 vaccine mandate update""Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with the campus testing plan, which at a minimum will be weekly. Employees who choose not to be vaccinated, and have no approved exemption, cannot work on campus."
"If you are not vaccinated, or do not upload your vaccination information, you will need to get tested weekly per Cal/OSHA regulations."..

"If you received the vaccine at an off-campus vaccination site, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination to the secure eTang portal as soon as you have received your last dose and have a complete vaccination card."... 

- similar changes announced at UCLA.

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