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Health Clearances & Immunization Requirements

UPDATE 4-14-2021

ALL UCI Students are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine at one of the many sites available. In California, COVID-19 vaccinations are available to individuals ages 16 and up starting on 4-15-2021. Note that COVID-19 vaccinations may be required by the University for Fall 2021 admission. Visit UCIForward for additional information and continuous updates.

Notice to ALL UCI Students Living, Learning and/or Working On Campus and Students Living Within Ten (10) Miles of Campus: WEEKLY ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 TESTING IS STILL MANDATORY.

COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all students living, learning and/or working on campus and students who live within ten (10) miles of campus. For detailed information, please visit the Student Testing webpage on the UCIForward website.

If you tested positive for COVID and the testing was performed by any clinic other than the Student Health Center, please upload your results on the Student Health Patient Portal. Instructions for uploading your results can be found here.

Notice to ALL UCI Incoming and Continuing Students: FLU VACCINATION MANDATE MAY BE EXTENDED TO FALL 2021. 

The flu vaccinations mandate, first implemented in Fall 2020, may be extended to Fall 2021 for all UC students (incoming and continuing) who are living, learning and/or working on campus. Flu vaccines must be received on or after August 1st of any given year in order to comply with this mandate. Flu vaccinations received during the prior flu season will not be accepted toward meeting this compliance requirement since the composition of flu vaccines changes from year-to-year.

Students who remain non-compliant may be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct. Although academic holds will not be applied for non-compliance with the flu vaccination mandate, students are strongly encouraged to comply in order to help maintain a safe and healthy campus community. 

For detailed information regarding mandatory flu vaccinations, please visit here

Notice to Incoming Students (Fall Quarter/Spring Semester 2021): TB Screening and Immunizations Mandate

The compliance deadline for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate is Friday, October 22, 2021. Incoming students must comply with these requirements regardless of place of residence and mode of instruction during the Fall 2021 term. Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students entering in Fall Quarter preventing enrollment in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 classes. 

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

  • 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. SHC does not currently provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Academic holds will be applied to Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 class enrollment if these requirements are still unmet by the deadline date. 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.chs.uci.edu/ 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. SHC does not currently provide COVID-19 vaccinations

  • 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, 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. 

  • 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, other 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 who live, learn and/or work on campus may be required to obtain a COVID-19 and flu vaccination for Fall 2021 admission. Visit this website or UCIForward regularly for updates.)

What: Health Clearance and Immunization Requirements 

When: To obtain any required vaccines, including a 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. SHC does not currently provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

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 who are subject to the flu vaccination requirement. Note that the flu vaccination mandate may be extended to Fall 2021 for ALL incoming and continuing students who live, learn and/or work on campus. Please note that COVID-19 vaccinations may be required for Fall 2021 admission. SHC does not currently provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

Cost:  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.

Deadline:  Compliance deadlines can be found here. The compliance deadlne date is generally the Friday of Week 4 of any academic term. To avoid the placement of an academic hold, please comply as soon as possible and read/follow all instructions provided.