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Mandatory Flu Vaccination

UPDATE 4-14-2021

Notice to ALL UCI Incoming and Continuing Students: The flu vaccination mandate that was instituted in Fall 2020 may be extended to Fall 2021 (Mandate could also apply to faculty and staff who are working onsite at any UC location). A decision is expected soon from UC Office of the President.

Effective Fall 2020, flu vaccinations were mandatory for ALL UC students (incoming and continuing) who were living, learning and/or working on campus. Flu vaccinations were also required for faculty and staff who were working onsite at any UC location. As a general policy, flu vaccines must be received on or after August 1st of any given year in order to comply with the mandate. Flu vaccinations received during the prior flu season will not be accepted toward meeting this compliance requirement. The UC Office of the President is expected to announce soon whether or not the flu vaccination mandate will be extended for Fall 2021.

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

Misinformation is often disseminated regarding the types of substances or additives used in vaccines in addition to their active ingredients. For detailed information regarding this topic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage entitled What's in Vaccines? as well as the CDC's Vaccine Excipient Summary.

Other important notes:

  • To obtain any required vaccines, including flu vaccine, and/or TB testing at Student Health Center, appointments are required. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to make an appointment online at the Student Health Patient Portal or call the SHC appointment line at 949-824-5304. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the flu vaccine for students who are covered by UC SHIP. For "non-SHIP" students and for faculty/staff, the cost has been reduced to $18.00.

  • 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. 
  • Students who obtain their flu vaccination from an outside pharmacy or clinic are still required to enter their flu vaccination date and upload their record online via the Student Health Patient Portal . DO NOT mail, fax or deliver hard copies of your flu vaccination record to SHC as they will not be accepted. Students remain non-compliant if they haven't uploaded their record and entered their flu vaccine date on the portal.

  • Students have other options for obtaining their flu and other immunization vaccines including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreen's, Costco, Savon, Walmart and other in-network outside pharmacies and clinics.

  • For students on UC SHIP:

    • No referral is needed if you obtain your flu vaccination at an in-network pharmacy. 

    • A referral is needed if you wish to obtain your flu vaccination at an outside clinic other than Student Health Center. 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 flu vaccination, please contact the SHC Insurance Services department at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu.

  • To request a disability accommodation, please contact the Disability Services Center at 949-824-7494 or by email at dsc.uci.edu.

UC Presidential Executive Order Regarding Mandatory Flu Vaccinations

Mandatory Flu Vaccination FAQ's For Students, Faculty, and Staff

Step-By-Step Instructions for Uploading Flu Vaccine and Other Immunization Records

UC Medical Vaccination Exemption Form

Religious Accommodation Request