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UC TB Screening and Immunization Requirements

UPDATE 9-17-2021

  • COVID vaccines are now available at UC Student Health Center. Call 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment. 
  • UC issues final COVID-19 vaccination policy

The UC Office of the President issued its final policy regarding required COVID-19 vaccinations. This policy requires all UCI students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for the fall term. More information is available in this campus message. In California, COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to individuals ages 12 and up. Visit UCIForward for additional information and continuous updates.

  • Weekly COVID-19 testing is still mandatory for all non-vaccinated students living, learning and/or working on campus including students who received an approved exemption, exception or deferral. For detailed information, please visit the Student Testing webpage on the UCIForward website. Vaccinated students residing on campus are exempt from weekly testing; however, they may be selected for surveillance testing or other required testing upon move-in; or baseline testing at the start of the school year. Fully vaccinated students living on and off campus may also be selected for regular surveillance testing.

    If you tested positive for COVID and the testing was performed by any clinic other than the Student Health Center, please upload your results to the portal.

  • The compliance deadlines for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate for incoming students entering UCI in Fall Quarter 2021 are shown below. All incoming students must comply with these requirements regardless of place of residence and mode of instruction during the Fall term. Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students entering in Fall Quarter/Semester preventing enrollment in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 classes.

  • If the flu vaccination is mandated for all students for Fall 2021, your flu vaccination must be received on or after August 1st in order to be compliant. Flu vaccinations received prior to August 1st (e.g., during the prior flu season) will not be in compliance with this mandate.  
  • Compliance with any immunization requirement is not fulfilled unless and until the student uploads their records to the Student Health Patient Portal and they are verified. For step-by-step instructions on how to upload your COVID-19 and other immunization records; enter your vaccine dates; and complete the TB Risk Screening Form on the portal, click here >>> Student Vaccination Upload Instructions.

The health of the individual can affect the health of the entire campus community. The University of California (UC) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our students, the campus community and beyond. In order to protect the campus from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, ALL incoming UC students, including medical students, are REQUIRED to obtain four (4) specific vaccines and undergo screening for Tuberculosis or provide documentation demonstrating compliance with these requirements. To reiterate, the recently implemented flu vaccination mandate only applies to students who are living, learning and/or working on campus.

Health Requirements for Incoming Students - Compliance Deadlines

TB Risk Screening and Immunizations:

Friday, October 22, 2021 : Incoming Freshman, Transfer, and Graduate Students - Fall Quarter 2021 

Friday, September 17, 2021 : Incoming Law Students - Fall Semester 2021

 

Medical Students: See  Immunization Requirements for Medical Students

If you haven't completed these requirements by the deadline date, an academic hold (Type 2) will be placed onto your record by SHC and you will be unable to enroll in classes for the following term. In order to be in compliance, students must complete the TB Risk Screening Questionnaire; enter their vaccination dates; and upload their immunization record(s) online through the Student Health Patient Portal. SHC will notify the University Registrar to release the academic hold once compliance has been verified. Medical Students: SHC will defer to School of Medicine policy regarding placement of academic holds for non-compliance with these requirements.

Note: These health requirements and the associated deadlines remain in place for all Fall 2021 incoming students regardless of the student's place of residence and mode of academic instruction. If a certain vaccine(s) is not available to an international student in their home country, the students should otherwise complete all other requirements noted above. SHC will temporarily exempt these international students from Fall 2021 academic holds. However, the students will be required to obtain the remaining vaccine(s) upon their arrival on-campus in any subsequent term. 

In addition, the University recognizes that some students, who have not received all or some of the required vaccinations prior to the start of their entering term and who intend to be covered by the University's Student Health Insurance Plan, may prefer to receive the vaccinations after their UC SHIP coverage takes effect.  However, to ensure a safe and healthy campus community, the University expects and strongly recommends that all students complete these requirements prior to arriving on campus. It is also prudent to complete these requirements as soon as possible to avoid delays in verifying your compliance due to the very large volume of new, incoming students who must be processed and verified by SHC.

How To Comply With Your TB Screening and/or Immunization Requirements (including flu vaccination mandate)

For step-by-step instructions on how to upload your immunization records, enter your vaccine dates and complete the TB Risk Screening Form on the Student Health Patient Portal, click here >>>  Imms TB Completion Process 2020-21

These requirements are satisfied by: 1) Completing the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire online; 2) Entering your vaccination dates online; and 3) Scanning/uploading your vaccination records online via the Student Health Patient Portal. Refer to the step-by-step instructions provided on this page and other important information pertaining to these health requirements.

Remember!

  • You are not compliant with the health requirements until you logon to the Student Health Patient Portal and complete items #1, 2, 3 above. Each item must be completed in order to be deemed compliant. 
  • You are NOT COMPLIANT with the IMMUNIZATION requirements if you simply UPLOAD your immunization records without completing the Immunization Form and TB Risk Screening Form on the portal.
  • If you are deemed to be High Risk based upon your responses on the TB Risk Screening Form, then you must either obtain TB testing at SHC or provide results from prior TB testing that occurred within twelve (12) months of entry to UCI. 
  • Please complete the Immunization Form on the portal before you upload your records.
  • New, incoming Students: You will be subject to an ACADEMIC HOLD and unable to enroll in classes for Spring quarter (or Fall semester) or subsequent terms if non-compliant.
  • Students who are non-compliant with the flu vaccination mandate will not be subject to academic holds but will be referred to UCI's Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct.
  • For problems logging onto this portal, activating your UCInetID or other technical issues, please contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) help desk at 949-824-2222 or online at https://www.oit.uci.edu/.

Students who do not show risk factors for TB as indicated by their responses on the High Risk TB Screening Questionnaire (found online on the Student Health Patient Portal) are not required to complete/submit a TB Health Assessment Form to the Student Health Center.

Medical students: Please refer to the Immunization Requirements for Medical Students webpage for information and instructions specific to the School of Medicine.

Vaccine Information Statements

A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a document, produced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that informs vaccine recipients - or their parents or legal representatives - about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving. As a patient, you should receive a VIS from your provider for each vaccine that has been recommended for you prior to receiving the vaccine. Please visit the CDC website for the Vaccine Information Statement pertaining to the specific vaccine that you will be receiving (CDC Vaccine Information Statements) as well as additional information (CDC VIS Information).

Request for Exemption, Exception or Deferral from a Mandatory Immunization

Please visit here to request an exemption, exception or deferral from one or more of the UC mandated immunizations including COVID-19. 

How To Obtain Copies of Your Immunization and TB Screening Records

Your vaccination record (sometimes referred to as your immunization record) provides a history of all of the vaccines you received as a child and adult. These records come in different forms but the more common examples include: the "yellow" card (i.e., International Certificate of Vaccination); immunization records maintained by your primary care physician or other licensed healthcare provider either in electronic or hard copy format; and records maintained by your elementary or high school.

If the student does not have a copy of their official immunization records including TB screening or testing, they must contact the office of their primary care physician or other licensed healthcare provider unrelated to them and obtain documentation reflecting compliance with these health requirements.

Immunization Registries: Another potential source for obtaining copies of your immunization records is an Immunization Registry. These registries are secure computer systems that store children’s immunization records. These registries can only be used by doctors, hospitals, public health departments and other selected programs that serve children. The goal of these registries is to help kids get their shots on time and stay healthy.

The California Immunization Registry is referred to as CAIR . Student Health Center's electronic health record application is interfaced with CAIR and, therefore, it has the capability to upload your immunization records directly. All 50 states have immunization registries. SHC advises you to contact your state's immunization registry as another alternative for obtaining copies of your immunization records.

To upload your immunization and TB records directly into your SHC electronic health record via the Student Health Patient Portal, please follow the instructions shown above in the section entitled How To Comply With Your Tuberculosis and Immunization Requirements. If you experience problems related to uploading your records via the portal, please email shc-immunization@uci.edu. You will receive a reply within 24-48 hours.

For general information and questions related to Student Health, please visit the FAQ page.