COVID-19 Vaccination Program

1. Policy

Issued: 3/5/2021
Last Revised: 05/19/2023
Last Reviewed: 05/19/2023

2. Policy Purpose

The purpose of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program policy is to protect and support the health and safety of the University of Southern California (“USC”) community including the university’s faculty, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and patients and to comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination continues to be available, per state guidelines and pending availability, to all University employees and students at no charge.

3. Scope and Application

The policy applies to all USC faculty, staff, students, contractors, and others who perform work or provide services for USC, with the exception of employees who work at Keck Medicine of USC (including but not limited to those who work at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital).

4. Definitions

Defines terms specific to this policy.

Fully VaccinatedIndividuals are considered fully vaccinated if they have provided verification of having received all doses of series of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination fully approved or for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration or by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use listing (EUL) and two weeks have passed since their final vaccine dose.

5. Policy Details

USC strongly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff become Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 and thereafter receive booster doses when recommended.

Some students, faculty, and staff may be subject to heightened requirements related to COVID-19 vaccination.  Due to continued requirements within Los Angeles County, COVID-19 immunization decisions for Keck Medicine and other employees and students within health care settings are separate. Those policies will be communicated by the school or departments. Students in health profession degree programs will have their policies communicated to them to separately.  All students, faculty, and staff who are subject to heightened requirements must comply with those requirements.

Remote employees working exclusively outside the United States or in certain limited domestic jurisdictions may be subject to different requirements based on local government requirements.

6. Procedures


7. Forms


8. Responsibilities

USC Student HealthMaintaining and implementing this policy.
SVP of AdministrationAuthorized to issue official university policy.

9. Related Information


LA County ends emergency declaration for COVID-19

State of California ends COVID-19 State of Emergency

The university will follow state and local guidelines for vaccine distribution. The university will communicate vaccination availability and eligibility, locations, and schedules.

10. Contacts

Please direct any questions regarding this policy to:


11. Policy URL:

The policy will be listed at This link may be shared in community messages and on the We are SC website.