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UC TB Screening and Immunization Requirements

  • All fully-vaccinated students must "get boosted" by 1-31-2022 or within fifteen (15) days of becoming eligible . COVID vaccines and vaccine booster shots are now available at UC Student Health Center. Call 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment. (Available for Students Only) For detailed information and criteria, visit here.
  • UC 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 the start of the academic term when the student the student is entering UCI unless they will never be on campus during a term and have self-attested as a non-covered individual. 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 one of the Campus Testing Sites or at the Student Health Center, please upload your results to the portal. In addition, please visit the campus "Quarantine and Isolation" webpage here for guidance and instructions if you tested positive. All general vaccine or testing related inquires should be directed to the UCI Student Health Center at 949-824-5301.

  • The compliance deadlines for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate for incoming students entering UCI in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 are shown below. All incoming students must comply with these requirements. Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students preventing class enrollment in the following term. 

  • The flu vaccination is mandated for all students for AY 2021-22. 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. In accordance with the UC policy, students are expected to enter their flu vaccination date on the Student Health Patient Portal. Upload of flu vaccination record is optional.
  • 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. Note: Upload of flu vaccine record is optional. However, at a minimum, students must enter their flu vaccination date.

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.

TB Risk Screening and Immunizations:

Monday, January 3, 2022 : Final Deadline for Fall 2021 Incoming Freshman, Transfer, and Graduate Students and Students Who Entered UCI During AY 2020-21. Students who remain non-compliant on 1-3-2022 are subject to class enrollment holds for Winter Quarter.

Friday, February 4, 2022 : Deadline for Winter Quarter/Spring Semester (Law) 2022 Incoming Students. Students who remain non-compliant as of 2-5-2022 will be subject to academic holds for Spring Quarter/Fall Semester 2022 preventing class enrollment.

Friday, April 29, 2022 : Deadline for Spring Quarter 2022 Incoming Students. Students who remain non-compliant as of 4-30-2022 will be subject to academic holds for Fall Quarter 2022 preventing class enrollment.

 

 

 

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 incoming Winter/Spring Quarter and Spring Semester students. However, if the student has self-attested as a "Non-Covered Individual" per the COVID policy, then they will be exempted from these TB Screening and Immunization requirements. Students must complete a new self-attestation for each term in which they continue to be a "non-covered individual" (i.e. will NEVER be present on campus).

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 Spring Quarter/Fall Semester (Law) 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.

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 the term following your entering term if non-compliant.
  • 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.

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).

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

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.

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