COVID-19 Updates from SHC

The COVID-19 updates on this page are about Student Health Services. For full UCSC Campus COVID-19 updates, see

SHC IS OPEN and committed to protecting your health! See our Current Services list to learn about new telehealth services and how to use UC SHIP while off-campus.

See all of SHC's COVID-19 Information including instructions on testing and symptom checks for on-campus students, staff, and faculty.


New guidelines for vaccinated people: Good news! There are some new, more relaxed rules for vaccinated students. But first you need to make sure that we know you’ve been vaccinated by uploading your vaccine card to Health e-Messenger. Go to Medical Clearances, then COVID-19 to add your dates and your card.

  • Testing: Once we receive your vaccine status, you no longer need to do asymptomatic tests. However, if you feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms, contact the Student Health Center to schedule a test (don't use the kiosks).
  • Symptom Screening Questionnaire: If you’re coming to campus for any reason, keep doing your daily screenings even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • Mask-wearing: While on campus, you need to wear masks. Follow the mask guidelines from the California Department of Health when you're off-campus within California.
  • Social Distancing: Continue to stay socially distanced and follow the Slug Strong guidelines.

(Need a vaccine? You can schedule on Health e-Messenger.)

Summer COVID-19 testing location: If you need an on-campus test and don't have symptoms, see the asymptomatic testing kiosk hours. You can schedule with Health e-Messenger. All testing is in the Porter "I" Lounge located next to the Porter Infill Apartments (directions) (map). Parking: free 20-minute COVID-19 testing parking.

International Students can get free airport COVID-19 tests: Having trouble getting vaccines in your country? You can get vaccinated right when you arrive at the airport. Now you can get free COVID-19 tests at the airports at San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and Orange County (SNA John Wayne). Testing hours and vaccine supply may be limited, so get more information by calling the airport before your arrival.



SHC has some upcoming COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots for students and employees. Get the latest scheduling information on our COVID-19 vaccine page.



If you want the latest information on the proposed COVID-19 and flu vaccine policies, you can check our Immunization webpage. Have you had your COVID-19 vaccine(s) yet? If so, we highly recommend going to Health e-Messenger and adding your vaccine dates and uploading your vaccine card. It's currently optional but if you do, it will be just one less thing to think about when Fall Quarter starts!



Will the vaccine be required?

In April 2021, UC announced a proposed policy to require "students, faculty, academic appointees and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19." Read the proposed policy here.

This policy is not yet final and depends on on full approval of a COVID-19 vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and reasonable access to vaccine doses. The proposed policy mentions approved exceptions and medical exemptions.

To prepare for this anticipated COVID-19 vaccine requirement, we encourage students to get a COVID-19 vaccine now. Although UCSC Student Health isn't currently having vaccine clinics, check out our list of alternative vaccine sites.

Get more information at UCOP's  Q&A documents for both students and employees.