Immunizations

Enrollment Holds

Do you have an enrollment hold
from SHS? Here's what to do.

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Policy Overview

There are 3 separate immunization requirements for UC Affiliates:

1) SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program
  • This policy applies to all UC students, trainees, personnel and all others who work, live, and/or learn in any of the University’s locations or otherwise participate in person in University Programs
  • Covered individuals are required, subject to limited deferrals, exceptions, and associated non-pharmaceutical interventions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the University’s Locations and Programs.
  • There are limited exemptions for covered individuals.

Use this link for details 

2) Flu Vaccine Policy 2021-2022 Flu Vaccine :
  • It is anticipated that this policy will mandates flu vaccination for all students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff living, working, or learning at any UC location.
  • There may be exemptions for covered individuals
  • In regards to proof of influenza vaccination: the formulation of the influenza vaccine changes every year.  In order to satisfy this year's immunization requirement, you must receive the 2021-2022 Influenza vaccine version on or after August 1, 2021.  Any Influenza vaccines received prior to that date are from the 2020-2021 Influenza vaccine and would not be compliant with this year's vaccine requirement. 
  • Anticipated compliance date for this is 10/31/21.
  • Flu vaccine appointments/clinics will be posted soon
3) University of California Immunization Policy
  • This policy currently applies to all incoming students (undergraduates, graduates, transfers, and re-admits) who are living, studying, or coming to campus for any reason.
  • Covered individuals are required to show proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox), TdaP and Meningitis ACYW (for those under the age of 21) and screening for Tuberculosis (TB) risk
  • The University of California allows for exemptions to these immunization requirements based only a medical condition that is a contraindication to a vaccination. (See Medical Exemption Request Process and form at end of page)

The remainder of this page addresses details of this policy.

Penalty for Non-Compliance

If you are living, studying, or coming to campus for any reason and don’t meet these requirements, you can’t attend classes. Please make these immunizations a high priority! Without them, an enrollment hold will be placed on your registration.

Deadline

The deadline for all required vaccines is September 30 2021. However, please consider the deadline to be "as soon as possible" so you don’t risk enrollment holds. 

Get Started!

We recommend starting right away on meeting the mandatory vaccines requirement. Here’s what to do.

  1. Gather your vaccination records and compare them to the UC Immunization requirements (English version) (Mandarin version). 
  2. See a healthcare provider to get any missing vaccinations.
  3. Upload your vaccine dates and vaccine card or record to Health e-Messenger’s MEDICAL CLEARANCES section. Always use Health e-Messenger. It's secure! We can’t accept records through email, fax, or mail. If you need help uploading, see:
    1. Detailed instructions
    2. Short video series below.


Immunization-Related Enrollment Holds

If you are living on or coming to campus for any reason and don't meet the UC-required Immunization and Tuberculosis (TB) risk screening requirements, you will receive an enrollment hold.

Here's how to fix your enrollment hold. You'll also see a checklist in your MyUCSC Portal. The checklist has details on how to remove the hold. Learn how to use the checklist here.

If you have questions, contact us through Health e-Messenger. Select Messages, then New Messages, then Immunization - Required Immunizations and TB Risk Screening Questions.

Optional and Travel Immunizations

The Student Health Center offers several non-required vaccinations:

  • Immunizations for students who are traveling internationally. See our Travel Immunization page for more details.
  • Human Papillomavirus or "HPV" (Gardasil)
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B combination vaccine (Twinrix)
  • Japanese Encephalitis (Ixiaro)
  • Meningococcal vaccines, including Meningococcal Group B (Bexsero). We strongly recommend Meningococcal Group B vaccinations for all students due to the severity of the disease.
  • Pneumococcal vaccines, including Pneumovax (PPSV23)
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (TD)
  • Typhoid (Typhim Vi)

Call our Appointment Line at 831-459-2500 to schedule any of these optional vaccinations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get the immunizations?

You can get the required immunizations at:

  • On campus at the Student Health Center or a special vaccine clinic. To schedule, log into Health e-Messenger with your CruzID and Gold password. Select "Appointments" in the left menu. Follow the prompts and choose "Immunizations" for the type of visit.
  • A private healthcare provider.
  • An off-campus pharmacy. UC SHIP students can go to any pharmacy that takes Optum pharmacy benefits, such as Safeway, Walgreens, and Riteaid. If you're referred to a CVS minute clinic then you need to schedule an appointment to get a referral from the SHC before you seek services at the CVS Minute Clinic.  
Additional info about off-campus pharmacies: Before Receiving the Vaccine: Call ahead to make sure the vaccine is available. Bring your phone with the UC SHIP app or your insurance card. UC SHIP students: if using a pharmacy not listed here, make sure they take Optum PBM for vaccine claims. After Receiving the Vaccine: Log into Health e-Messenger (studenthealth.ucsc.com) with your gold password. From the left menu, select Immunization/TB Upload Upload your immunization record. UC SHIP covers all 100%, excluding travel-related vaccines.
Get a PDF of this graphic "Get Vaccines at these Off-Campus Pharmacies"

Where can I get COVID 19 Vaccines?

See our COVID-19 vaccine page for the most up-to-date info about on-campus vaccine clinics and off-campus options. 

How much do the vaccines cost?

Most insurance plans, including UC SHIP, pay 100% for vaccination costs. If you choose to do a blood test (titer) to prove your immunity, you might have to pay part of the cost. The Student Health Center does not bill other insurance providers.

All students (including those with UC SHIP) can get mandatory and non-mandatory vaccines at Safeway, Walgreens, or Rite-aid. Be sure to upload your documentation after you get vaccinated.

Important note about off-campus vaccine costs: If you're referred to a a CVS minute clinic then you need to schedule an appointment to get a referral from the SHC before you seek services at the CVS Minute Clinic.  

Where do I find my immunization records?

 Click here to see example of how to find your immunization records

What if I don't have access to my immunization records?

If you think you’ve been vaccinated but don’t have records, you can get titers to determine your immunity. The test results will show if you are immune to specific diseases. Ask your healthcare provider about titers before you come to campus. The Student Health Center can do titers for students who can't access them before school starts. 

What if required vaccines aren't available in my country?

If you will remain outside the United States for the quarter and can’t get your required vaccinations, you will not get an enrollment hold. There will be a process in place when you arrive on campus. Please log in to log into Health e-Messenger with your Gold password. Select Messages, then New Message, then Immunization - Required Immunizations and TB Risk Screening Questions for assistance. 

How can I get a TB screening for an internship, volunteer position, or work-study job?

These situations have a special process. Don't use the process mentioned above for new students trying to meet mandatory TB requirements. Here's what to do instead:

  • If you have UC SHIP, a TB blood test is 100% covered. Use Health e-Messenger to request a TB screening from the Student Health Center. Log into Health e-Messenger with your Gold password. Select Messages, then New Messagethen TB Risk Assessment for Programs, Job requiring TB Clearance, Volunteering. Complete the form and click Send. We will review the form and send follow-up instructions via secure message within two weeks.
  • If you don't have UC SHIP, ask your off-campus provider for a screening. The costs will depend on your insurance plan.

Forms & Additional Information

Forms

Additional Information

Questions

If you have questions, contact us through Health e-Messenger. Select Messages, then New Messages, then Immunization - Required Immunizations and TB Risk Screening Questions.