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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 systemwide executive order requiring all students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff who are living, learning, or working on premises at any University facility to (i) receive education concerning influenza vaccine; and (ii) receive or affirmatively decline influenza vaccination.

See the University of California frequently asked questions for more information about the executive order.

Flu Vaccine Attestation or Declination

Campus employees should submit attestation or declination of the influenza vaccine through the Flu Vaccination Attestation or Declination form as soon as possible. You must sign in with your AD login. 

Individuals who choose to decline will be required to wear masks or face coverings at UC locations through the end of the flu season, even if COVID-19 requirements are loosened. Employees can learn more about the flu vaccine on Blink.

Flu Vaccination Appointments

Campus members are encouraged to get the flu shot through their primary care provider or through a local pharmacy. In addition, faculty, staff and students who need access to a flu vaccine may make an appointment on campus through our partnership with UC San Diego Health.

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.