This week's COVID-19 news and updates

Week of February 22, 2021

  • Caltech's undergraduate academic program will continue to be remote-learning only in the spring term. The Institute has initiated discussions with public health officials to secure permission to operate on-campus undergraduate programs and activities over the summer, which we believe will serve as a critical step toward planning for a safe return to in-person instruction and residential living in the fall.
  • Caltech strongly encourages all members of the community to be vaccinated at the earliest point they are eligible to do so. Pending available supply, Los Angeles County officials have said that they intend to expand vaccine eligibility at county vaccination sites on March 1 to include essential workers in education, among others; and the City of Pasadena is inviting education and childcare workers living or working in the city who age 65 or older to register to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine through walk-up clinics this week.
  • Caltech's application to be a community-based provider of COVID-19 vaccines has been approved, though it is not yet clear how many vaccines we can expect to receive or when we will receive them.
  • All individuals reporting to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to adhere to the Institute's guidelines for physical distancing, enhanced hygiene practice, mask wearing, and participation in the on-campus surveillance testing program. Caltech's continued research operations depend on the community's compliance with these rules and local health orders.
  • An independent faculty group has explored the effectiveness of several dozen commercially available masks (access.caltech credentials required)

Caltech commitment

Caltech is committed to providing the educational, research, and residential experience that is at the core of our mission. In turn, we all have a responsibility and must commit to practices that protect the health and well-being of the entire community and mitigate the spread of infection on campus. Read the full statement.


Latest communications

February 21, 2021
Opportunity for Vaccine Appointments for Education Workers 65 Years of Age and Older
The City of Pasadena is inviting education and childcare workers age 65 and older who live or work in the city to register to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine through walk-up clinics this week.

February 19, 2021
Vaccine Information Update
Pending available supply, Los Angeles County officials have said that they intend to expand vaccine eligibility at county vaccination sites on March 1 to include essential workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture services sectors.

February 18, 2021
Spring Term Update
Caltech's undergraduate academic program will continue as a remote-learning program only in the spring term.