COVID vaccines at UCLA

The Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine has been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be offered through FDA emergency use authorization. Vaccinations and boosters are available to eligible members of the campus community through UCLA Health, state and local health agencies, and pharmacies.

UCLA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information hub provides the most up-to-date details about vaccines and boosters, as well as answers to dozens of common questions about their safety, effectiveness and availability.

If you are learning or working in person and haven’t yet been vaccinated or boosted (or received an exception), you should do so as quickly as possible or you will be prevented from accessing university properties. In our FAQ below, you’ll find specific information on vaccinations and boosters for UCLA faculty, staff and students.


Town halls

UCLA hosts regular town halls and other online events to keep the Bruin community informed about vaccination policies and other COVID-19–related topics. All past events are archived on our town halls page.

See all town halls

Latest event

Jan. 13: Campus leaders and health experts discuss operational changes, new testing, boosters, masking requirements and changes to isolation and quarantine periods.

Getting vaccinated and boosted

The University of California has issued a systemwide vaccination policy, and UCLA is urging all staff, faculty and students who are still unvaccinated to schedule a vaccination appointment now, wherever that may be.

Locals can use California’s My Turn portal, and out-of-state residents can use the Vaccines.gov website, to book a vaccination or booster close to where they live. More information is below.

The University of California has issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy (PDF) 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— with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

You are considered fully vaccinated when:

  • 14 days have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • You have received a vaccine booster shot once you are eligible (as defined by the CDC).

For details on the policy and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

If you chose not to be vaccinated and boosted and do not receive an approved exception or deferral, you will not meet the requirements for physical access to UCLA facilities, programs or events. While you can expect to receive several reminders of the steps you must take to come into compliance, if, after your final notice, you remain noncompliant, you 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.

To be in compliance with the University of California’s vaccination policy (PDF), members of the Bruin community who are living, learning or working on campus must be vaccinated and, once they are eligible, must receive a booster shot, with limited exceptions.

At UCLA: Faculty and staff

UCLA faculty and staff can schedule a vaccination through UCLA Occupational Health Services by calling 310-825-6771.

Employees who are UCLA Health patients also have the option of booking an appointment through myUCLAhealth. (If you don’t have an account, view instructions on how to sign up. If you are unable to login or need help creating an account, contact the myUCLAhealth support line at 855-364-7052.)

Appointments are estimated to last about 30 minutes. You will need to be observed for 15 minutes after your vaccination or booster.

At UCLA: Students

The Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center offers mRNA vaccines and boosters to students; information on how to schedule an appointment is available through the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 vaccine hub for UCLA students.

Outside of UCLA

An additional and perhaps faster option for employees and students may be to schedule a vaccination appointment through the California MyTurn portal, through Los Angeles County or through a local pharmacy.

In addition, UCLA employees and students who live in Los Angeles CountyOrange CountyRiverside CountySan Bernardino County and Ventura County can continue to check their local public health department for vaccine availability. Residents of the city of Los Angeles can also book appointments through carbonhealth.com.

Students and employees who are not currently residing in California should check their local health department or visit the Vaccine Finder website to schedule a vaccination.

International students

International students are encouraged to get vaccinated at the earliest possible opportunity in their home countries.

Only vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization meet the university’s vaccine requirement. You can follow the status of vaccines through the WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process.

UCLA faculty, staff, students and others living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties need to verify their vaccinations and boosters with UCLA.

Note on boosters: For winter quarter 2022, students and employees who are currently eligible for boosters should upload proof that they have received one; employees will have until Monday, Feb. 7 to do so. Once you become eligible, you will have 30 days to receive a booster and upload your proof.

  • Enrolled students 
    Students can submit proof 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. You can privately check your status using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal, which can now also be accessed through the UCLA Mobile app, available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • Employees
    Staff and faculty can confirm their status through UCLA’s online Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System in one of several ways: (1) give UCLA consent to check UCLA Health records and the California vaccination database; (2) upload an image of your CDC vaccination card (or non–U.S. equivalent); or (3) upload an official medical record from your health care provider.

    If you gave UCLA consent to check UCLA Health and California records for your initial vaccination, the survey should automatically update your booster status. If you did not give consent, the system will provide you with instructions on how to upload proof. If you did give consent but the system cannot find a record of your booster, it will notify you (beginning Jan. 28) of that fact and provide instructions.

    Employees can privately check their status using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal; supervisors can use the portal to check the status of employees who report directly to them. (The UCLA Mobile app, which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store, now includes access to the Symptom Monitoring System and the Clearance Portal.)

    Proof of partial vaccination: To avoid being flagged for noncompliance, employees who have received only the first dose of a two-dose vaccine are encouraged to upload verification of that first dose. They will then have eight weeks to upload proof that they have received the second dose.
  • UCLA Health employees and those in clinical settings
    UCLA Health personnel and those who work in clinical settings have been given information on how to upload their proof, which will be reviewed by UCLA Occupational Health Services. They should follow the timing and processes outlined in COVID-19 protocols for health care settings.
  • Non-matriculating students
    UCLA Extension students, visiting students and those in executive education programs will receive guidance on how to verify their vaccination status through their program department.
  • K–12 students
    Students age 5 and above who are eligible for vaccinations will receive information from the UCLA Lab School or the Geffen Academy at UCLA about notifying their program of their vaccination status.


Fully remote employees and those returning to campus

Employees who will not be coming to campus at any point during the current term will still need to update the Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System — indicating that they will be fully remote — so that they will not be flagged for noncompliance with the vaccination policy. If you are fully remote but have already been vaccinated, you should also upload proof of your vaccination when filling out the survey.

Employees who have been working remotely but are now returning to campus on a full-time or hybrid basis should likewise complete the Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System survey to indicate their new work status. Those returning will need to upload proof of their vaccination status or request an exception.


Exception requests

While UCLA strongly urges all those who are eligible to get vaccinated, in certain very limited circumstances, students and employees may be granted a medical exemption, an accommodation based on religious beliefs or disabilities, or a deferral based on pregnancy. To request an exemption:

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.


Coming to campus

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.

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are free to all staff, faculty and students through UCLA.

If you receive a vaccine or booster somewhere other than UCLA, your insurance provider may be charged for the vaccine administration, but there should not be any out-of-pocket cost for you.

Students enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) who choose to receive a vaccine or booster outside of UCLA can contact the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center for a referral, if necessary, to avoid any out-of-pocket costs. 

Latest updates

Dec. 21, 2021

In alignment with UC policy, UCLA is requiring vaccine boosters for all students, faculty and staff on campus who are eligible to receive one.

Read the report (PDF)

Sept. 7, 2021

If you are learning or working in person and haven’t yet been vaccinated or received an exception, you must do so as quickly as possible — and upload verification of your vaccination — or you will be prevented from accessing university properties.

Read the report (PDF)


Important questions about vaccination

Have questions about the safety of the vaccines or boosters? UCLA Health’s vaccine information hub and FAQ give a comprehensive overview of the science behind the vaccines and boosters, what you can expect during and after a shot, and other vaccine-related issues. 


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