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UC TB Screening and Immunization Requirements for All Students

UPDATE AS OF 4-14-2021:

  • As of 4-15-2021, every Californian ages 16 and up is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit UCIForward for additional information and continuous updates including vaccination sites. SHC is not currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • An updated "Immunization Policy" from the University of California is forthcoming. The policy will provide guidance for all students regarding the University's plan to continue to mitigate the risk to the campus community of contracting and spreading vaccine-preventable illnesses. The policy will be uploaded to this website as soon as it has been finalized and approved. In addition, please visit UCIForward regularly for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 (e.g., campus re-opening plans, vaccination requirements/availability, weekly asymptomatic testing, etc...).
  • The compliance deadline for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate for incoming students entering UCI in Fall Quarter 2021 is Friday, October 22, 2021. The deadline is Friday, September 17, 2021 for incoming LAW students. 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. 
  • REMINDER: FLU VACCINATIONS MAY BE MANDATORY FOR ALL INCOMING AND CONTINUING UC STUDENTS WHO ARE LIVING, LEARNING AND/OR WORKING ON CAMPUS IN FALL 2021.  To comply with this new mandate, your flu vaccination must be received on or after August 1, 2021. Flu vaccinations received prior to 8-1-2020 (e.g., during the 2020-21 flu season) will not be in compliance with this mandate. For detailed information regarding UC's flu vaccination mandate, please visit here.  
  • 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

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.

An updated Immunizations policy is forthcoming from the University of California. The revised policy will address required immunizations and TB Risk Screening, including COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, for ALL students returning to campus during the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. Please visit this webpage and UCIForward regularly for updates.

Health Requirements - Compliance Deadlines

TB Risk Screening and Immunizations:

Friday, October 22, 2021 : Incoming Freshman, Transfer, and Graduate Students - Fall Quarter 2021 (date is subject to change pending final UC policy)

Friday, September 17, 2021 : Incoming Law Students - Fall Semester 2021 (date is subject to change pending final UC policy)

 

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 Spring Quarter 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 or prior to the start of their entering term if you are "distance-learning" from out of the area. 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).

Exemption from Immunizations

If the vaccines are not advisable due to a medical condition, please download the Vaccination Medical Exemption Form and have it completed by a licensed physician unrelated to you. The form can be faxed or mailed to Student Health Center. If you need assistance in completing the exemption form, a nurse at SHC can assist you. Please call (949) 824-5304 to make an appointment. Please note that exemptions from UC's immunization requirements are no longer permitted for personal or religious beliefs.

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 . 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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