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Health Clearances & Immunization Requirements

COVID Vaccines and Boosters

All students, faculty and staff must receive a COVID booster no later than 1-31-2022 or within fifteen (15) days of becoming eligible. 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 now 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 shc-immunization@uci.edu.

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 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 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.

International COVID-19 Vaccine List

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 contracttracing@uci.edu. For all other vaccine or testing related inquiries, please contact UCI's Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 or by email at shc-immunization@uci.edu

Please visit the flu vaccination webpage here for detailed information regarding the 10-8-2021 Executive Order from UC Office of the President regarding the flu vaccination requirements for AY 2021-22.

Notice to Incoming Students (Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022): TB Screening and Immunizations Mandate

The compliance deadline for the TB Screening and Immunizations mandate is Friday, February 4, 2022 for students entering UCI in the Winter Quarter or Spring Semester (Law). Academic holds will be applied to non-compliant students preventing enrollment in Spring Quarter/Fall Semester 2022 classes.  Please note that the University's mandate regarding COVID-19 vaccinations applies to all incoming, continuing and returning 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 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 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, 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 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.

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 was extended for AY 2021-22 for ALL incoming, continuing and returning students who live, learn and/or work on campus. 

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. 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.