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UC COVID Vaccination Policy Announcement (7/15/21)

On July 15, 2021, the University of California issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers and trainees, as well as anyone accessing UC facilities or in-person UC programs, to be fully vaccinated prior to the fall term — with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. This means that UCLA faculty, staff and students who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall term will need to receive their final dose by: Thursday, Sept. 9

Students on the semester system will need to be in compliance earlier — two weeks before their first day of instruction; faculty and staff in semester programs will need to be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to the earliest of their semester start dates.

— UC COVID Vaccination Policy, 7/15/21

For further details on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see: FAQs for students.

Those who choose not to be immunized and who do not receive an approved exception (or a deferral based on pregnancy) will not meet UC’s health and safety condition for physical access to UC facilities or in-person attendance at UC programs or events and may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from employment.

Those with questions not covered in the above FAQs may send them to covid19@ucla.edu.

Book your vaccine appointment

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

Schedule on the Patient Portal

Other resources for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID vaccine eligiblity

  • All California residents who are 16 or older are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination.

The Pfizer vaccine is FDA approved for all individuals 16 and older and approved for all individuals 12 to 15. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people 18 and older.

You can see a simple comparison here in English (PDF) or in Spanish (PDF).

Vaccine fact sheets

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 the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

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.

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COVID-19 Boosters are available at The Ashe Center

If you are interested in a COVID-19 booster and believe you qualify under the new CDC guidelines, contact your primary care provider using The Ashe Center Patient Portal, or call our main line to speaker to our scheduling staff.

Learn more about booster eligibility at cdc.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The UCLA Health System has posted FAQs to answer clinical questions about the vaccine.

Campus Specific Questions

When will the vaccines be available for UCLA students?

The COVID (mRNA) vaccine 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. Incoming students will be eligible for student health services beginning the first day of the academic year.

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.

Will the vaccine be mandatory for all students and staff? Are vaccines required in such a way that students will have to show proof of vaccination?

The University of California Office of the President affirmed recently that UCLA will require all UC faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to narrow medical exceptions and accommodations based on disability or religious belief.

Will the vaccine be a requirement for those planning to live on the hill and on-campus housing?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will apply to all UC faculty, staff and students living, working, or learning on the UCLA campus. If you have not satisfied this vaccination requirement, schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or submit your request for deferral or an exception. Please see Vaccination & Housing Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

Will there be exceptions for students getting the vaccine (due to medical reasons)?

Yes, there will be exemptions -- subject to narrow medical issues and accommodations based on disability or religious belief.

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.

Billing Questions

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.

 

International Student Questions

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to attend classes?

On July 15, 2021, the University of California issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers and trainees, as well as anyone accessing UC facilities or in-person UC programs, to be fully vaccinated prior to the fall term — with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. This means that UCLA faculty, staff and students who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall term will need to receive their final dose by: Thursday, Sept. 9.

If I cannot get an airplane ticket early enough and do not get the second dose before school starts, will I be allowed on campus for classes?

You will be allowed on campus but will be referred to a vaccine site to get vaccinated immediately, unless you qualify for a University-approved exception or deferral. Until you are fully vaccinated, you will be subject to the non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) described in Appendix A: COVID-19 Prevention Strategies for unvaccinated individuals. Additional safety measures may be deemed necessary, depending on the circumstances, by local public health, environmental health and safety, occupational health, or infection prevention authorities, including the Location Vaccine Authority.

UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus. Regular surveillance testing is not mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.

Does the type of vaccine matter (such as Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, J&J)?

If the vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO), it will be accepted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a process for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics during a public health emergencies. The University will, consistent with CDC and CDPH guidance, accept proof of full vaccination with any international vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by WHO through the EUL process. People who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with one of these vaccines do not need additional doses with an FDAlicensed or -authorized COVID-19 vaccine, at least initially (but may be subject to subsequent booster requirements).

Those who are not fully vaccinated generally will be required to receive an FDA-licensed or -authorized vaccine no less than 28 days after their last international vaccination (but may consult with the Location Vaccine Authority or designee to discuss eligibility for a temporary medical exemption). In the interim, they will be treated as if they are not fully vaccinated.

Can I be on campus just with a negative COVID test or do I need to get vaccinated?

On July 15, 2021, the University of California issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers and trainees, as well as anyone accessing UC facilities or in-person UC programs, to be fully vaccinated prior to the fall term — with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. This means that UCLA faculty, staff and students who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall term will need to be fully vaccinated by: Thursday, Sept. 9.

UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus. Regular surveillance testing is not mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.

Where and how do I provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to UCLA?

UCLA faculty, staff, students and others who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall must verify their vaccination status at least 14 days prior to the start of the term.

Students, including student employees, can submit proof of their vaccination by logging into the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center’s electronic patient portal and clicking on the Medical Clearance section. More information on the verification process and a link to the portal are available on the Ashe Center website.

The vaccine I received is not approved by the WHO and is currently under assessment. If not approved, will I need to quarantine and receive another COVID vaccine?

International students and faculty who cannot obtain a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved or granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization are encouraged to plan ahead and schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccine upon arrival in the United States.

Some people may have already received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the U.S. While data on the safety and efficacy of receiving an authorized vaccine after getting a non-authorized one are not available, in some circumstances people who completed or partially completed a vaccination series with a non-authorized vaccine may be offered revaccination with an FDA/WHO–authorized one. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non–FDA/WHO-authorized vaccine and an FDA/WHO-authorized vaccine is 28 days.

I am an incoming student who is ineligible for the COVID vaccine in my country because I am under 18. The earliest I am able to enter the U.S. is 30 days prior to my program start date and will not be fully vaccinated prior to fall quarter. What are my options if I want to attend UCLA in-person when Fall quarter begins?

Students and faculty who have been unable to obtain an authorized vaccine in their home countries will still be allowed to come to campus, but they will be referred to a vaccine site to get vaccinated immediately.

Until they are fully vaccinated, they will be subject to the non-pharmaceutical interventions described in UC’s Appendix A: COVID-19 Prevention Strategies for unvaccinated individuals. Additional safety measures may be required, depending on the circumstances, by local health authorities.

In addition, UCLA will be holding an Immunization Requirement Fair at which COVID-19 vaccines, along with other immunizations, will be available for students who have been unable to secure authorized vaccinations. The fair will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center.

Does UCLA provide COVID-19 vaccines to international students?

All UCLA students are now eligible to receive vaccinations in the U.S. UCLA is urging students to get vaccinated now, wherever that may be. The Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is currently offering mRNA vaccines to students. Information on how to schedule an appointment is available through the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 vaccine hub for UCLA students.

An additional and perhaps quicker option for students may be to schedule a vaccination appointment through California’s My Turn portal, a local public health department, a local pharmacy or the city of Los Angeles. Please see the “Where else can I get the vaccine?” section of this FAQ for further details.

For students below the age of 18, a parent or guardian will be required to accompany them to their vaccination appointment to provide consent. (Pfizer is currently the only authorized vaccine for people in this age group.)

As a final option, UCLA will be holding an Immunization Requirement Fair at which COVID-19 vaccines, along with other immunizations, will be available for students who have been unable to secure an authorized vaccination. The fair will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center.

Does UCLA housing require proof of vaccination prior to my move in date?

The University of California announced July 15, 2021, that all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to narrow medical exemptions and accommodations based on disability or religious belief.

All students (undergraduate and graduate) must upload proof of vaccination or approved exemption by Thursday, September 9, 2021. Vaccine confirmation or exemption should be uploaded to the Ashe patient portal. Please do not submit any vaccination information directly to Housing Services.

For undergraduate students, failure to upload your vaccine confirmation will result in cancellation of your housing contract for the 2021-2022 academic year.  For the 2021-2022 academic year, all students living on-campus, the Hill, must be fully vaccinated. Students with an approved exemptions will be assigned to the University Apartments. We understand some students may not have had access to a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine prior to move in. We will have vaccination clinics available.