COVID Vaccines and Boosters (updated 8-15-2022)
The deadline for all fully-vaccinated students to "get boosted" is within fifteen (15) days of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.
Please see the information below on the criteria for COVID Vaccine Boosters although note that the CDC may revise the criteria. Please remember that the vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Being fully vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and the University community and provides you with the best opportunity for the most comprehensive college experience. COVID-19 Vaccines are readily available throughout the community, both on-campus and off-campus.
COVID vaccines and vaccine booster shots are available at UCI Student Health Center. Call 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment (Available for Students Only). For inquiries regarding availability of COVID vaccines and booster shots and other relevant information, please contact UCI's Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 or by email at email@example.com. Another excellent resource for information regarding COVID policy, University directives, public health guidances, availabilty of vaccines within the community (other than SHC) and other useful information is UCI's Contact Tracing and Navigation Services unit. CTVNS may be reached at 949-824-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Receiving a COVID Vaccine Booster Shot
- If you meet these Criteria below, please contact SHC's Appointment Line at 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment.
- Exception: J&J vaccines and boosters are not available at UCI SHC.
- Per the Mix-and-Match protocol, if you received J&J initially you may choose Pfizer or Moderna boosters.
- We are not providing COVID Booster doses to students who have received international WHO approved vaccines. At this time, the CDC has only approved boosters for US approved vaccines. However, more updates and information is to come.
For more information on COVID Boosters, visit here: https://uci.edu/coronavirus/messages/211027-updated-guidance-on-boosters.php
UC COVID Policy
The UC Office of the President COVID policy can be found here >>> policy regarding required COVID-19 vaccinations. This policy is subject to change as new public health guidance is received. 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 any academic term or by the date that faculty, students and staff are expected to be on campus for that term. Additional information and continuous updates are available on the UCIForward website.
Students are required to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records including booster shots to the Student Health Patient Portal. 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 Student Health Patient Portal, click here >>> Student Vaccination Record Upload Instructions
Below is a document that includes a list of Selected Countries to help you find the COVID-19 vaccine that you may have already received. Please refer to the World Health Organization (“WHO”) list to find your COVID-19 vaccine, and if it has been APPROVED. You'll need to upload your vaccination record (translated to English) to the Student Health Patient Portal. See upload instructions above and a video here >>> https://youtu.be/wvBGeRqIMHc. If you see that your vaccine HAS NOT yet been approved by “WHO”, you may be required to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine and upload those records to meet UC campus policy and requirements. Many US Airports are now providing COVID-19 vaccine on-site. Included in the document below is a list of several California Airports at which you may be arriving and where you may receive a vaccine IMMEDIATELY upon your entry into the U.S. For additional resources and the most up-to-date information, please visit the section dedicated to International students on the UCIForward website regularly.
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 each academic term. 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 at one of the Campus Testing Sites or at the Student Health Center, please upload your results to the portal. Please notify UCI's Contract Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services (CTVNS) at 949-824-2300 or email@example.com. For all other vaccine or testing related inquiries, please contact UCI's Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student covered by a health insurance plan other than UC SHIP; have COVID symptoms; and receive COVID testing at SHC, then you will be charged for the testing fees through your campus billing account. You would need to seek reimbursement for these costs from your health insurance plan. Please note, however, that symptomatic and asymptomatic testing is available at the campus testing site (Student Center) at no cost to students.
VACCINATION CLINICS ON CAMPUS
Please note that Student Health Center, in partnership with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Program in Public Health, will hold "pop-up" flu vaccination clinics for your convenience on Ring Road starting October 3, 2022. The flu clinics are available to students only. (Faculty and staff are encouraged to obtain their flu shots at the Ralph's and Albertson's vaccination clinics referenced below.) There is no cost to students covered by UC SHIP. The cost to non-SHIP students is $21.00. In most cases, this fee should be reimbursable to you by your health insurance plan. Check with your plan in advance for details and how to seek reimbursement. Students are encouraged to make appointments through the Student Health Patient Portal although walk-in appointments are available.
In addition, SHC has partnered with Kroger-Ralph's and Albertson's retail pharmacies to hold on-campus vaccination clinics at DCE (building 8 on campus map) in the lower level lobby area. These vendor partners will be able to administer the flu, "4 Vax", COVID-19 primary and booster vaccinations that are required by the University to students, faculty and staff. Details including dates/times of these "vendor" clinics as well as the flu vaccination clinics on Ring Road can be found on the UCIForward website. The retail pharmacies will bill most insurance plans directly.
Please visit the flu vaccination webpage here for detailed information regarding the University's Flu vaccination policy and requirements. UC has extended the flu vaccination mandate for AY 2022-23 and the deadline is 12-1-2022.
Notice to Incoming Students: TB Screening and Immunizations Mandate ("4+Vax")
The compliance deadline for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate for students entering UCI is aligned with the deadline for COVID-19 vaccination for incoming students which is the first date of instruction for any given term. For Fall Quarter 2022, the deadline date is Thursday, September 22, 2022. Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students preventing enrollment in Winter Quarter 2023 classes (Spring Semester 2023 classes for Law students). Please note that the University's mandate regarding COVID-19 and booster vaccinations applies to all students (i.e., incoming, continuing and returning). For compliance deadlines and regular updates regarding COVID-19, visit the UCIForward website.
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 >>> Student Vaccination Record Upload Instructions
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 the incoming student mandate. Notify the Student Health Center regarding which vaccine or vaccines are unavailable to you by sending a secure message through the Student Health Patient Portal to "New Student Immunization Requirement". A temporary exemption will be granted until such time that the vaccine is available in your home country or until such time that you arrive at UCI for any subsequent term. Academic holds will not be applied if the student has received an exemption.
To obtain any required vaccines, including flu vaccine, 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. COVID vaccines and boosters are available at SHC. However, appointments for COVID vaccinations and boosters can only be made by telephone at this time. Call 949-824-5304 to make an appointment.
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 COVID-19, flu and other 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). COVID-19 vaccines may be available at community sites. Visit UCIForward for detailed information.
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, including COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, 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 have not uploaded their records; entered their vaccine dates; and/or completed the TB Risk Screening form on the portal.
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, including COVID-19 vaccinations, or TB testing at an outside clinic other than Student Health Center (SHC). SHC is not currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Please note that, as one common example, many CVS pharmacies have a "Minute Clinic" affiliated with the pharmacy. Vaccines (or other services) administered by this and similar clinics, rather than by the affiliated pharmacy itself, require a referral from SHC.
To obtain a referral to an outside clinic in order to obtain your COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters, other immunizations and/or TB testing, please contact the SHC Insurance Services department at 949-824-2388 or by email at email@example.com.
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, continuing and returning students who live, learn and/or work on campus are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and booster.) Limited exceptions and/or deferrals are allowed. Visit this website or UCIForward regularly for updates.)
What: Health Clearance and Immunization Requirements
When: To obtain any required vaccines, including a COVID, COVID booster or flu vaccination, 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. For COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters, appointments can only be made by telephone at this time: 949-824-5304.
To assist new, incoming UCI students in meeting all of their TB screening and immunization requirements (including "4+Vax", COVID-19/booster and flu vaccinations). Note that it is anticipated that UCI will extend the flu vaccination mandate for AY 2022-23 although a formal announcement has not been made.
Cost for Incoming Student TB Testing and Immunizations: 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 for TB testing and immunizations performed at SHC can be found here. 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.
Special notice regarding fees for COVID vaccinations/boosters and flu vaccinations: Until further notice, there will be no charge for these vaccinations to non-SHIP students.
Deadline: Compliance deadlines can be found here. Starting in Fall 2022, the compliance deadline date for TB Screening and the "4+Vax" Immunization requirements for incoming students will coincide with the compliance deadline for the COVID-19 and booster vaccinations. Students must comply by the first date of instruction for the term in which they are entering UCI. To avoid the placement of an academic hold for Winter quarter (or spring semester for Law students), please comply with all immunization requirements as soon as possible and read/follow all instructions provided.