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Vaccine Mandates

New Student Vaccination Requirements

Incoming students must comply with the UC COVID Mandate (by being fully vaccinated or requesting an exemption/deferral) by Sept. 22. Continuing students’ deadline to comply with the UC COVID Mandate was March 1, 2022. Students not compliant with the Mandate may not be physically present on University property or at University events. Fully vaccinated means completing the initial vaccination series and a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible. The University does not currently require a second booster dose.

Starting in October 2022, the University will refer students still out of compliance with the Mandate to the student conduct office for an administrative resolution meeting. Additionally, students not compliant by November will have a registration hold placed on their student account, preventing winter course enrollment. Please be advised many student benefits, such as campus housing, student visas, or other benefits, require students to be in good standing or maintain full enrollment status.

Flu Vaccine Mandate

The University of California has issued a Policy on Vaccination Programs requiring all students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff who are living, learning or working on premises at any University facility to (i) receive Vaccine Education concerning influenza and vaccination as a preventive measure; and (ii) receive or affirmatively decline influenza vaccination. The Compliance date for UC San Diego, is Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Students can get a flu vaccination at UC San Diego or indicate they received an influenza vaccine outside of UC San Diego by going to “preventative care” from the menu or main page of the MyStudentChart site. In addition, the 2022-23 flu vaccine declination form can be found here.

Flu Vaccination Appointments

To find a Flu Vaccine appointment, students should go to MyStudentChart. Student employees should follow the student process for obtaining a flu vaccination. There is no cost for the flu vaccine for students regardless of insurance coverage.

Campus employees are encouraged to get the flu shot through their primary care provider or through a local pharmacy. They can also self-schedule a flu vaccine appointment at a UC San Diego Health location by visiting Student employees should follow the student process below. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only and are free for all employees.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (see the full policy here).

To remain “fully vaccinated,” students and campus employees are required to have completed their initial vaccination series and a booster dose within 30 days (15 days for health care employees) of becoming eligible. If you are eligible for a booster but recently were positive for COVID-19, you will have up to 90 days after being infected to receive your booster. Your date for boosting has been extended by up to 90 days to remain compliant with the UC mandate. At this time, a second booster dose is not required to remain compliant with the UC Vaccine Mandate.

Individuals are required to show proof of vaccination. If you haven’t already done so, please submit your vaccination documentation as soon as possible. All students, staff and faculty must be vaccinated for COVID-19, or have an approved exemption or deferral, per University of California mandate.

The policy allows for medical exceptions consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions. Faculty, staff and students are also eligible to request accommodations based on disability or religious belief, and deferrals are available for those who are pregnant. Requests for exception or deferral should be submitted as soon as possible. 

Currently approved religious and permanent medical exemptions extend to boosters; there is no need to submit an additional exemption request.

Those with an approved or pending exception, accommodation or deferral may return to their location with the requirement that they will follow campus guidelines for reducing the transmission of COVID-19, including measures such as masking, testing and daily symptom and exposure screening.

Students and employees who choose not to be vaccinated and have no approved exception, accommodation or deferral potentially put the health of others at risk and may face disciplinary actions.

The vaccine mandate overview is also available in Spanish

Graduate and undergraduate student employees are required to follow the STUDENT processes for vaccination documentation and exceptions and deferrals.

UC has provided additional information in the following frequently asked questions. Please note: The exception forms within the UC FAQs will not be accepted. Please follow instructions on the Exceptions and Deferrals page to submit an exception or deferral request.