New visitor and masking rules for cancer center take effect Aug. 16


Beginning Monday, Aug. 16, visitors accompanying patients to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will need to comply with the new hospital visitor requirements issued by the California Department of Public Health in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

The safety and well-being of patients is a top priority of the cancer center.  We are working to be as accommodating as possible while also following the state’s rules designed to keep us all as safe as possible during this time.

Only one visitor may accompany an adult patient to the cancer center.  Pediatric patients may have two asymptomatic adult visitors. Hospital staff will keep a digital record of all visitors. More details on the UC Davis Health visiting policies are posted online.

To enter the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Individuals who have not been vaccinated, or are only partially vaccinated, must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization), OR
  • Two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen vaccines).

Types of vaccination proof that the cancer center will accept:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date the last dose was administered); OR
  • A print or digital copy of a completed Vaccination Record Card; OR
  • Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  • A digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader the client’s name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

Types of negative COVID-19 test that we accept:

Visitors who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test, with the specimen collected within 72 hours before the visit. Those individuals may use either PCR or antigen testing. Sacramento County has an online resource for testing locations and information.

New masking requirements also in effect:

Our masking requirements for visitors have also changed. Cloth masks are no longer allowed, and visitors are required to wear a hospital-grade mask provided upon entry to the hospital.

As always, visitors are required to wear the maskcovering both their nose and mouthfor the entire time and length of their visit.

Vaccination is the best defense

UC Davis Health infectious disease experts say the threat from the Delta virus mutation highlights the importance of getting vaccinated. For questions about the vaccines or how to get vaccinated through UC Davis Health, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine information for patients page.

Additional up-to-date expert information about the Delta variant, COVID-19 prevention and other coronavirus topics is available on our coronavirus homepage.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 15,000 adults and children every year and access to more than 150 active clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 225 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Patients have access to leading-edge care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. Its Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and workforce development programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit

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