Monthly Student Newsletter

November 2023

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Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday, November 5:

Don't Forget to Fall Back!

Daylight saving time — which began on Sunday, March 12 — ends on Sunday, November 5.

It's recommended to set your clocks an hour back Saturday night before you go to bed (Cell phones update automatically). Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on November 5 than the day before. There will be more light during winter mornings and it will get darker earlier in the evenings.

Light Therapy Lamps at UHS

Need help adjusting to the end of daylight savings time? Stop by the 2nd floor of UHS to use the light therapy lamps! During light therapy, users sit for 15-30 minutes and the lamp gives off a bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

Free for all students, no appointment is needed. For more info, please visit

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Flu and COVID Vaccines at UHS

UC Influenza (Flu) & COVID Vaccination Policy Requirement: To comply by the December 1, 2023 deadline, all students need to: 1) Get the flu and COVID-19 vaccine and log those records into the eTang Portal’s Medical Clearance section, OR 2) Submit a declination for the vaccine(s) through eTang (one for each).

Flu Shot Clinics for November: UHS is hosting walk-in Flu Shot Clinics from 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. at the Tang Center (Bancroft entrance) on November 13, 14, and 20, free for students with SHIP and $40 for those without SHIP. Additionally, drop-in flu shots in the UHS lobby have been extended through the end of November.

COVID Vaccines at UHS: The new COVID-19 vaccine is now available at UHS. Students can book an appointment on eTang. We are only offering the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine which is $0 with SHIP and $176 for students without SHIP. Find vaccines off-campus by checking

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Cold and Flu Season: Prevention and At-Home Treatment

It’s the time of the year again, the dreaded cold and flu season. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and others. Some everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses like the cold and flu include 1) Getting a flu shot, 2) Washing your hands often, 3) Covering your cough with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) and 4) Staying home if you feel sick and staying away for people who are sick.

Because colds and the flu are caused by viruses, antibiotics (which work against bacteria) are ineffective. Over-the-counter medications may relieve some symptoms, but will not affect the course of the illness.

View our Cold and Respiratory Infections webpage for information about at-home treatment. You can also call the Advice Nurse if you need additional support.

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Night Safety Resources

With the days getting shorter, we want to remind students of the nighttime safety resources available. UC Berkeley offers comprehensive night safety services to students, including:

  • BearWalk: After dark and in the evenings, BearWalk provides a walking escort to your residence, car, or public transport. Call 510-642-9255 (642-WALK).
  • Night Safety Shuttle: The shuttle is an extension of the BearTransit daytime service, providing safe nighttime transit to and from the campus. It runs from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Door-to-Door Service: Book door-to-door shuttle service from 3 to 6 a.m. (must be scheduled ahead of time).
  • Emergency “Blue Light” telephones: The emergency “Blue Light” telephone stations around campus can be used to notify UCPD if assistance is needed.

Also consider carrying a small flashlight, wearing reflective clothing, not using headphones, and paying attention to your surroundings when walking late on campus.

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