Get a Test This Week If You Can

Also, COVID-19 Booster Shots Required by Jan. 31

Man takes sip of water for COVID-19 saliva test.
Make an appointment and get a COVID-19 test this week if you can. (Anjie Cook/UC Davis)

Quick Summary

  • Employees advised to avoid rush of returning students next week
  • Negative test is required before returning to your workplace Jan. 10
  • ARC and Healthy Davis Together testing sites open through Thursday

The Davis campus is encouraging employees and students who remain in the area to undergo COVID-19 testing this week to avoid the rush of students who will need to be tested when they return next week.


Chancellor May and Provost Croughan also announced Dec. 21 a new Davis campus requirement for COVID-19 booster shots for all employees and students except those with vaccine exemptions currently in place. See box below.

As announced by the chancellor and provost Dec. 21, employees and students must have a negative test result BEFORE returning to the classroom or workplace Monday, Jan. 10.

The preceding week, Jan. 3-7, the first week of the quarter, has been designated for remote instruction and working from home (for most employees), to give everyone time to be tested. Note: Essential employees who continued to work in person during the 2020-21 academic year should do the same Jan. 3-7.

“Testing our entire community within just one week will put a strain on our operations, so please do not wait until January 6 or 7 to schedule your test,” Chancellor Gary S. May and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan wrote in their Dec. 21 letter. “We need to work together to get this done quickly in order to keep our campus healthy.”

Nothing precludes you from getting tested now. A negative test today (Dec. 28), for example, would clear you for entry to campus facilities for 14 days, through Jan. 10. You would need to be tested again Jan. 11 and every 14 days thereafter. (The campus had planned to end its every-14-day testing requirement but decided to keep it due to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.)

The small percentage of students and employees who are unvaccinated, with approved exceptions, must continue to undergo testing every four days.

Testing sites include the Activities and Recreation Center (asymptomatic testing only) on campus, Healthy Davis Together and the Sacramento campus.

ARC testing kiosk

Here are the testing hours at the Activities and Recreation Center, or ARC, through the holiday period and beyond (and no matter when you go, this week or later, you must make an appointment through the Health-e-Messaging portal). Free parking for up to 30 minutes in Lot 25 in front of the ARC.

  • Today, Dec. 28 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29 — 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 30 — 6 a.m.-noon
  • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed
  • Regular hours resume Sunday, Jan. 2 — Seven days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (with extended hours on Wednesday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Other testing sites

Healthy Davis Together, a partnership between UC Davis and the city of Davis, welcomes UC Davis employees and students as walk-ins. You should identify yourself as an employee or student to have your result entered into Health-e-Messaging.

  • HDT at Research Park, 1632 Da Vinci Court, Davis (asymptomatic and symptomatic testing)
    • Today-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29 — 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed 11:15 a.m.-noon)
    • Thursday, Dec. 30 — 8-11 a.m.
    • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed
    • Regular hours resume Sunday, Jan. 2 — Seven days a week, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed 11:15 a.m.-noon)
  • Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis
    • Today-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29 — 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)
    • Thursday, Dec. 30 — 8-11:30 a.m.
    • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed
    • Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 3 — Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)
  • West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave.
    • Today-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29 — 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed 12:15-1:30 p.m.)
    • Thursday, Dec. 30 — 8:30-11 a.m.
    • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — Closed
    • Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 3 — Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (closed 12:15-1:30 p.m.)

Sacramento campus: Administrative Support Building, 2450 48th St.


As allowed by UC’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, the Davis campus has established a requirement for booster shots for all employees and students. You must enter your booster information into the Health-e-Messaging system no later than Jan. 31. See the Campus Ready vaccine page for instructions. (If you are not eligible to receive your booster shot by Jan. 31, you will have 14 days from your date of eligibility to receive your booster and record it in Health-e-Messaging.)

The Davis campus vaccine clinic has closed; employees are advised to seek appointments through their health care providers or the state’s My Turn website. Booster shots for UC Davis students are available at the Student Health and Wellness Center, with appointments via Health-e-Messaging.


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