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Health Clearances & Immunization Requirements

UPDATE 9-17-2021

UC Final COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID vaccines are now available at UCI Student Health Center. Call 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment. 

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 two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for the fall term. More information is available in this campus message. In California, COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to individuals ages 12 and up.

Visit UCIForward and this website regularly for additional information and continuous updates. Students are required to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records 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

International Students

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.

International COVID-19 Vaccine List

Notice to ALL UCI Students Living, Learning and/or Working On Campus: WEEKLY ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 TESTING IS MANDATORY FOR NON-VACCINATED STUDENTS.

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 the Student Health Center, please upload your results to the portal.

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

The flu vaccination 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. However, the University has not issued a final policy. We strongly encourage all students to get their flu vaccine. Flu vaccines must be received on or after August 1st of any given year in order to be compliant should this become a requirement.

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 for students entering UCI in the Fall quarter. The compliance deadline for incoming Law students is Friday, September 17, 2021. Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students entering in Fall Quarter preventing enrollment in Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 classes.  Please note that the University's mandate regarding COVID-19 vaccinations applies to all incoming and continuing students. For compliance deadlines and regular updates regarding COVID-19, visit the UCIForward website.

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

  •  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 are now available at SHC! However, appointments for COVID vaccinations 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, 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, 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 are required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination for Fall 2021 admission. 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 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, appointments can only be made by telephone at this time: 949-824-5304.

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. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Fall 2021 admission for all incoming and continuing students.

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.

Deadline:  Compliance deadlines can be found here. The compliance deadlne date for TB Screening and the Immunization requirements for incoming students 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.