This week's COVID-19 news and updates

Week of November 29, 2021

  • Following Thanksgiving break, all undergraduate students, all graduate students in Caltech housing, and students and employees with an approved exemption from vaccination are expected within 48 hours of their return to resume participation in the Institute's twice-weekly surveillance program.
  • During Institute holidays, the services provided by the COVID-19 Management Team (CMT) will be limited.
  • With the onset of cold and flu season, members of the Caltech community are reminded that all students, faculty members, postdocs, TAs, staff members, volunteers, guests, and affiliates are required to promptly report their status to the Institute if they have become ill with COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Furthermore, any individual, regardless of vaccination status, who is ill or has been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home, return home if they have already reported on-site, avoid attending class or other meetings in person, and report their status through the Caltech COVID-19 Reporting Application.
  • The Institute's COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees (faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers) and students is in effect. All active employees and students have documented their full vaccination status or have an approved exemption. Access to indoor spaces is limited to those who have complied with this requirement. If you have questions about navigating campus or the policy, review revised vaccination FAQs.
  • As of October 18, the Institute's guidelines for on-campus events have been updated to allow for on-campus gatherings of up to 50 people as long as all attendees adhere to campus preventative health measures. Additional information is available in the guidelines and in event FAQs.

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.


Latest communications

December 3, 2021
Winter Break
Emails were sent to undergraduate and graduate students regarding the Institute's operational and testing plans for the upcoming winter break to assist with preparations for the end of the term. 

November 30, 2021
Sign up for the December 7 COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic
Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff members, researchers, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to sign up for Caltech's COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic on Tuesday, December 7.

November 18, 2021
Holiday Travel Guidance
With the holiday season approaching, members of the Caltech community are asked to follow CDC guidance on safe and responsible travel. The Institute has also developed plans for ensuring a safe return to campus after the holidays, including mandatory re-entry testing.

November 5, 2021
Caltech Booster Clinic Update
All 1,300 appointments for Caltech's November 9 booster clinic have now been filled. In response to the strong interest from the community, Caltech plans to host another booster clinic on campus in collaboration with Vons on December 7.