Last updated August 18, 2021

The State of California requires you to show the following before visiting a patient indoors at any hospital:

  • Proof that you're fully vaccinated* for COVID-19
  • Or, instead, proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours (3 days) before your visit.

* "Fully vaccinated" means you had your second Pfizer or Moderna dose or your single-dose J&J vaccine at least two weeks ago. See your options for providing proof of vaccination.

Both antigen and molecular (e.g., PCR) tests are acceptable forms of COVID-19 testing. Please note that UCSF cannot accept the results of the at-home COVID-19 self-tests sold by pharmacies and retail stores unless they're interpreted by a healthcare professional. Learn more about your testing options, including details about accepted tests and where to find a testing location.

At UCSF, we're doing all we can to help families and support people comply with this order from the California Department of Public Health. The details of the requirement may evolve, so consider checking this page for updates as the day of your visit gets closer.

If you're not yet vaccinated, learn where you can get a COVID vaccine. It's free for everyone.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to protect our patients and our community.

Options for Providing Proof of Vaccination

Here are the options allowed by the California Department of Public Health for proving your COVID-19 vaccination status:

  • A physical copy of your vaccine card
  • A photo of your vaccine card
  • A digital copy of your vaccine record. Visit California's Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal and enter some details to access a digital copy of your record.
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider

Acceptable Types of COVID-19 Tests

Both antigen and molecular (e.g., PCR) tests are acceptable forms of COVID-19 testing. Any test done through a healthcare provider or licensed COVID testing center will meet these requirements.

Please note that UCSF cannot accept the results of self-tests – the at-home COVID-19 tests sold by pharmacies and retail stores – unless the test involves observation and interpretation by a health professional through its accompanying app, and the results are automatically digitized so they can be noted in our systems. Self-swab mail-in tests interpreted by laboratory professionals are accepted.

Because you must be tested within the 3 days before your visit to the hospital, be aware that testing centers with longer turnaround times may not provide a result in time for your visit. Testing centers should be able to tell you their expected turnaround time.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test

Find options near you through an interactive map of San Francisco testing locations (from SF.gov) or California testing locations (from CA.gov).

If you're a UCSF patient yourself, you may be able to schedule a testing appointment through UCSF.

Being tested for COVID-19 through a health provider or licensed testing center is free. If you have health insurance, your insurance company will pay for it. If you don't, the state of California will cover the cost.