UC Vaccination Policy - COVID-19 Booster Eligibility (1/20/22)
If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster, you should obtain your booster as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute to schedule as appointment availability may be limited and further extensions will not be granted. To schedule a booster, go to www.vaccines.gov.
The Ashe Center also has appointments for boosters and you can schedule by clicking on the Appointment tab from the Patient Portal. Note: Pfizer is the only vaccine offered at The Ashe Center. To submit your booster vaccine information, from the Patient Portal, click on the Medical Clearances tab and select COVID-19 to enter your booster vaccine date and upload a copy of your vaccine record.
- If you recently tested positive for COVID-19: UCLA is following CDC guidelines which recommend taking the booster vaccine once your symptoms have resolved and you've met the criteria to end isolation. It is not yet known how long the protection lasts after someone has had COVID-19, though getting vaccinated will boost immunity for better and longer protection against COVID-19. Note: You will have 30 days from the date that you tested positive to get your booster.
- If you received a Non-FDA authorized/approved WHO-listed COVID vaccine series (e.g. Covishield, Covaxin, Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZenaca, Novavax), you should obtain a booster dose of Pfizer once a minimum of 5 months has elapsed after completing your primary series.
- If you received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine primary series that is NOT listed for emergency use by WHO (e.g. Sputnik, CanSinoBIO, CHO Cell), we recommend a primary vaccination with 2-dose mRNA series (preferred) or a single Janssen dose, with an interval of not less than 28 days from receipt of the last dose of a non-FDA-approved/authorized vaccine. After completion of primary vaccination with an FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated, and are not recommended to receive an additional primary or booster dose at this time.
If you are seeking an exception for the booster vaccine, please review the FAQs on our website for instructions on how to submit an exception.
Book your vaccine appointment (including booster)
Please click below to schedule a vaccination appointment through the state or your local public health department.
COVID-19 Vaccine is available at The Ashe Center
Other resources for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine:
- My Turn
- LA County info & LA County appointments
- City of LA appointments
- Ventura County & Orange County
- Vaccine Finder website
- Non-California residents should check their state websites
- International students are encouraged to be vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine available in their country.
- LAX (Los Angeles)
- SNA (Orange County)
- SFO (San Francisco)
- LAX (Los Angeles)
COVID vaccine eligibility
- Students are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination and all COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for booster doses.
Based on expanded FDA EUAs, the following individuals may receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster dose:
- People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
- People 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised
- People 18-49 years old who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose
Vaccine fact sheets
- Please review Vaccine Information from the CDC and Clinical Considerations from the CDC before your vaccination
- COVID-19 Vaccine Myths & Facts from the LADPH
Efficacy and breakthrough infections
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing infection, serious illness, and death. Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a “vaccine breakthrough infection.”
- Read about vaccine efficacy and the possibility of vaccine breakthrough infections from the CDC
COVID Vaccination & UCSHIP
A valid Ashe Center referral is not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Uploading your proof of vaccination to The Ashe Center Patient Portal
Once you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, please upload it into the Medical Clearances section on the Ashe Center Patient Portal.
Required COVID-19 Boosters are available at The Ashe Center
If you are interested in a COVID-19 booster, schedule an appointment using the Patient Portal, or call our main line to speak to our scheduling staff.
Note: A fourth dose (or second booster) is not currently required according to UCLA COVID-19 Protocols.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
The UCLA Health System has posted FAQs to answer clinical questions about the vaccine.
Campus Specific Questions
Is the COVID-19 vaccine and booster currently available for UCLA students?
The COVID (mRNA) vaccine and booster is available now at The Ashe Center for all students. Current students can schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccine using The Ashe Center Patient Portal.
Will non-student family members covered by UCSHIP be eligible to receive the vaccine through UCLA?
Unfortunately, The Ashe Center can only provide vaccines to current UCLA students. Family members should check with their primary care providers and with the county for vaccination options, including Vaccines.gov.
How will students outside of LA County coordinate access to the vaccine?
UCSHIP students can access the COVID-19 vaccine WITHOUT a referral, for any students who want to be vaccinated outside of the Los Angeles area. Non-SHIP students should contact their primary care provider for information about vaccines.
How do I submit documentation a COVID-19 vaccine given outside of the US?
You can submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination via The Ashe Center Patient Portal by navigating to the Medical Clearances section.
If you receive a non-US approved COVID vaccine and it is not listed, choose the option “COVID-19-unspec non-US admin” and upload a copy of your COVID vaccination card for verification. As long as you upload your vaccination card we can manually update your record. Additional vaccines will be added to the list as they enter late-stage clinical trials and receive Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. We will manually change your vaccine name from “COVID-19-unspec non-US admin” when your vaccine becomes approved in the US.
Vaccines given abroad will be accepted for clearance with supporting documentation.
Who pays for the vaccine?
At this time, the two mRNA vaccines are free because the U.S. government has purchased millions of doses. In the future, this may change: The government may purchase more doses, your insurance may cover the cost, or you may be required to pay out of pocket. If UCLA students get the vaccine on campus during the 2020-21, or 2021-22 academic year, there will be no charge.
How much will a COVID-19 vaccine cost?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be free to Americans, according to the CDC. However, vaccine providers can charge administration fees for giving the vaccine to people. Providers can get this fee reimbursed by a patient’s private or public insurance company. At this point UCLA has no plans to bill for the administration fee.
Does UCSHIP cover outside of LA County?
Yes, your coverage is in the Anthem Network, which is nation-wide.
Who can I talk to regarding my billing questions?
If you have questions about getting the vaccine somewhere other than UCLA and are a UCSHIP student, you can call The Ashe Center Insurance Office.