Immunizations

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Policy Overview

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. They are required to comply with the UC-wide Immunization and Tuberculosis (TB) risk screening requirement by entering the dates and uploading proof to their Health e-Messenger account. This policy may expand to all students later.

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. 

 

Pending Policies for COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Status

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." UC anticipates that this policy will be finalized mid-July. It depends 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.

Upload COVID-19 Vaccine Proof (Currently Optional but Recommended)

To prepare for this COVID-19 vaccine requirement, we encourage students to get a COVID-19 vaccine soon. Upload your vaccine card now and have one less thing to think about in the fall! If you’ve already received your vaccine, log into Health e-Messenger, choose MEDICAL CLEARANCES, select COVID-19, add your vaccine dates, then upload your vaccine card or other proof of vaccination. 

Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

See our COVID-19 vaccine page for the most up-to-date info about on-campus vaccine clinics and off-campus options.  Get more information at UCOP's Q&A documents for both students and employees.

International Students and COVID-19 Vaccines

Make sure your COVID-19 vaccine will meet requirements. Check the World Health Organization’s (WHO's) Status of COVID-19 Vaccines chart. Find your vaccine, then look at the "EOI Accepted" column. If WHO has not yet approved your vaccine, please enter your dates and record in Health e-Messenger anyway. Once your vaccine is approved by WHO, our system will automatically mark you as compliant and you won't have to re-enter your information. You will also be able to get a J&J vaccine on campus. If you have questions, log into Health e-Messenger, go to MESSAGES, NEW MESSAGES and send a message to Required Immunizations and TB Risk Screening Questions.

If you need your vaccine, visit the California Department of Public Health's vaccine site and select your language.

Flu Vaccine Policy Status

UC is currently finalizing a flu vaccine policy for 2021-2022. We will update this website when the policy is final. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all students to get their flu vaccine before they come to campus. Get your vaccine no earlier than August 1, 2021

Get Started!

We recommend starting right away on meeting the mandatory vaccines requirement (remember that currently COVID-19 and flu vaccines are not mandatory, so the information below applies only to the mandatory vaccines and TB screening). 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 or studying on campus 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 (which currently do not include COVID-19) 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"

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.

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.