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Health Clearances & Immunization Requirements

Notice to ALL UCI Fall 2020 Incoming and Continuing Students: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT (8-7-2020)

Effective Fall 2020, flu vaccinations will be mandatory for ALL UC students (incoming and continuing). Compliance deadline is November 1, 2020. Follow the step-by-step instructions below for entering your flu vaccine date and uploading proof of compliance online in your Student Health Patient Portal. In addition, all new, incoming students must obtain and report four additional immunizations as well as complete the TB Screening form on the portal as discussed below.

UC Presidential Executive Order Regarding Mandatory Flu Vaccinations (8-7-2020)

TB Screening and Immunization Requirements

Mandatory Flu Vaccination FAQ's

Notice to Incoming Students: Fall Quarter/Semester 2020:

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

  • At this time, the UC mandated TB and Immunization requirements remain in place for all incoming students whether the students are remote learning or on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the required immunizations either at SHC if you live on or in close proximity to campus or at an in-network pharmacy or clinic near your place of residence. The date on which academic holds will be applied to Fall 2020 class enrollment if these requirements are still unmet is still to be determined. To avoid the placement of an academic hold, please comply and read/follow all instructions provided.

  • International Students: If one or more of the vaccines are unavailable in your home country (or country of current residence) and you will not be traveling to the United States to attend UCI in-person during the Fall term, please complete all other steps necessary to comply with this mandate. Notify the Student Health Center regarding which vaccine or vaccines are unavailable to you by sending a secure message through the Wellness, Health & Counseling Services secure student web portal at https://osh.shs.uci.edu/.

  • To obtain any required vaccines and/or TB testing at Student Health Center, appointments are required. Students are encouraged to make an appointment online at the Student Health Patient Portal or call the SHC appointment line at 949-824-5304. 

  • Students must complete the TB Risk Screening Form online via the Student Health Patient Portal prior to their appointments. 

  • Students have other options for obtaining their immunization vaccines including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreen's, Costco, Savon, Walmart and other in-network outside pharmacies and clinics. Pharmacies do not perform TB testing (e.g., titers).

  • If you require a TB blood test (e.g., T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold), you may submit a request online through the Student Health Patient Portal. Click on "Messages" on the left navigation bar and follow the prompts to compose and send a secure message to SHC. Select the option: Order a Tuberculosis (TB) blood test (T-Spot) at the Lab. This type of TB test requires only one visit for the blood draw.  A lab order will be created and then you will be notified via secure message to call SHC at 949-824-5304 to schedule a lab appointment for the TB blood test.

  • Students who obtain their immunizations from an outside pharmacy or clinic are still required to enter their immunization dates and upload their records online via the Student Health Patient Portal . TB test results, if applicable, must also be uploaded. DO NOT mail, fax or deliver hard copies of your immunization or TB records to SHC as they will not be accepted. Students remain non-compliant if they haven't uploaded their records; entered their vaccine dates; and/or completed the TB Risk Screening form on the portal. Note: Access to the Student Health Patient Portal is granted when a student's status changes from "applicant" to "admitted" student. Access is generally activated by UCI's Office for Information Technology for incoming undergraduate students in the mid-May timeframe whereas access for incoming transfer students and graduate students is typically activated in the mid-June timeframe. Check the portal regularly to login and check to determine if your access has been activated.

  • For students on UC SHIP:

    • No referral is needed if you obtain immunizations at one of these pharmacies. 

    • A referral is needed if you wish to obtain your immunizations or TB testing at an outside clinic other than Student Health Center. 

  • To obtain a referral to an outside clinic in order to obtain your immunizations and/or TB testing, please contact the SHC Insurance Services department at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu

  • A list of in-network pharmacies and outside clinics that students can utilize for obtaining their immunizations is shown below. Please visit this page regularly for updated information.

Who: All new, incoming UCI students (Note: ALL incoming and continuing students must obtain a flu vaccination)

What: Health Clearance and Immunization Requirements 

When: To obtain any required vaccines and/or TB testing at Student Health Center, appointments are required. Students are encouraged to make an appointment online at the Student Health Patient Portal or call the SHC appointment line at 949-824-5304. Compliance deadlines can be found here.

Where:

 Student Health Center (building 5 on campus map) or at PDF iconIn-Network Outside Pharmacies and Clinics . Outside pharmacies do not perform TB testing (e.g., titers).

Why:

 To assist new, incoming UCI students in meeting their TB screening and immunization requirements as well as to assist all students in meeting their flu vaccination requirement. Flu vaccination is a new mandatory requirement for ALL students effective Fall 2020.

Cost: PDF icon Fees for Vaccines and Titers For students on UC  SHIP, vaccines and TB testing are covered 100%. There is no office visit copay or coinsurance required. For students who have health insurance coverage through another plan (i.e. non-SHIP), the fees listed on this document only pertain to services performed by SHC. Fees will be transferred to and paid directly through your campus billing account. Non-SHIP students may submit claims to their insurance carrier directly in an effort to receive reimbursement of their fees.

Deadline:  Compliance deadlines can be found here. The date on which academic holds will be applied to Fall 2020 class enrollment if these requirements are still unmet is still to be determined. To avoid the placement of an academic hold, please comply as soon as possible and read/follow all instructions provided.