COVID-19 vaccines at UCLA

Currently, the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations are available for members of the campus community through UCLA Health and state and local health agencies.

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

The University of California has announced a proposed policy that would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students accessing campus facilities this fall to be vaccinated, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions. Below, you’ll find more on the proposed policy and specific information on vaccinations for UCLA faculty, staff and students.


Vaccine town halls

UCLA is hosting a series of town halls and other events to keep the Bruin community informed about the vaccination process, vaccine development and related topics.

Information on upcoming events will be posted here as it becomes available.

Latest event

April 26: UCLA leaders and health experts provided updates about current campus COVID-19 protocols, vaccine distribution and plans for the summer and fall quarters. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session.

Getting vaccinated

With everyone in the U.S. age 16 and older now eligible to be vaccinated and the University of California announcing its proposed vaccination policy, UCLA is encouraging all staff, faculty and students to schedule a vaccination appointment.

UCLA Health is continuing to work with the state and county public health departments to make sure that members of our campus community and the broader public can receive the vaccine in an equitable and orderly way. However, our supplies are limited, and we strongly advise Bruins to get vaccinated as soon as possible, wherever that may be.

For those who have not yet received an invitation from UCLA Health, a faster option may be to book an appointment through California’s My Turn portal, which allows residents throughout the state to schedule a vaccination close to where they live. (For more options, see “Where else can I get the vaccine?” below.)

Reminder: As required by the University of California, all employees must complete an online education module about the vaccine. This can be done before or after receiving the vaccine.

The University of California on April 22 announced a proposed policy for review that would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions. 

The requirement would go into effect by the beginning of the fall term, provided at least one of the vaccines has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is readily available. The details of this proposed policy can be found in the UC Office of the President’s announcement.

Faculty, staff and students can learn more about the proposed policy by reviewing FAQs for employees and FAQs for students.

Those with questions or comments about the proposed policy are encouraged to submit them to CovidVaccinePolicyComments@ucop.edu no later than May 31, 2021.

UCLA employees will receive an email, a text or both inviting them to schedule a vaccine appointment. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in several locations across the greater Los Angeles region. New appointment slots are added as UCLA Health receives supply from the state and its third-party administrator, Blue Shield. 

Once you have received an invitation, follow these step-by-step instructions (PDF) — also available in Spanish (PDF) — to schedule your appointment in myUCLAhealth. If you are unable to login or need to create an account, contact the myUCLAhealth support line at 855-364-7052. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. When you schedule your appointment, you’ll select whether this is a first- or second-dose appointment. If you need a specific vaccine type to complete your series or because of your age, the system will only display the locations available to you. 

After you receive your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will be prompted to return to myUCLAhealth to schedule your second dose three to four weeks later. You must receive the same vaccine for both doses.

(Following guidance from the CDC and the FDA, UCLA Health has paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is current offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.) 

Appointments are estimated to last about 30 minutes. You will need to be observed for 15 minutes after your vaccination. In order to prevent waiting in line, you should arrive no earlier than five minutes prior to your appointment time. 

If there are currently no available appointments, keep checking back, as we’ll add new appointments as doses are available. You can also schedule a vaccination appointment through the state, your local public health department, a local pharmacy or the city of Los Angeles. See the “Where else can I get the vaccine?” section of this FAQ for details. 

While staff, faculty and students have the option of receiving the vaccine through UCLA, our supplies are currently limited, and the number of doses we expect to receive will likely be far fewer than the number of eligible employees.

Members of the Bruin community may find they’re able to schedule a vaccination sooner through the state, a local county public health agency, a local pharmacy or the city of Los Angeles. UCLA is encouraging all those eligible to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, wherever they can.

  • For those who have not yet received an invitation from UCLA Health, the fastest option may be to book an appointment through California’s My Turn portal, which provides information in eight languages and allows residents throughout the state to schedule a vaccination close to where they live. You can also access the state’s COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 833-4CA-4ALL (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.).

All UCLA students who are 16 and older are now eligible to receive vaccinations in the U.S. UCLA is urging students to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, wherever that may be.

While the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is not offering vaccines, the center is currently working with campus health officials to offer UCLA Health vaccination appointments to all consenting students. The Ashe Center is communicating directly with students about scheduling these vaccinations. Students can find out more about the process 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. 

Students who are not residents of California should check their local health department to schedule a vaccination. International students, likewise, are encouraged to get vaccinated at the earliest possible opportunity in their home countries.

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 the only authorized vaccine for people in this age group.)

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

If you receive the vaccine 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 the vaccine outside of UCLA can contact the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center for a referral, if necessary, to avoid any out-of-pocket costs. 

You may already have received the vaccine. If so, UCLA Health eventually will be notified by the state, which keeps a registry of people who are vaccinated and shares it with us. There have been some delays and we may have not received that notification yet. But, there is no need to take action. When UCLA Health, they will make sure to update your chart.

Latest updates

April 22, 2021

The University of California has announced a proposed policy for review that would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions.

April 14, 2021

UCLA’s Reinventing the Workplace of the Future working group introduces the concept of FlexWork, flexible work arrangements for employees that could include staggered shifts, alternate work schedules, job sharing and full- or part-time remote working.


Important questions about vaccination

Having concerns about the safety of the vaccines? Wondering about the possible side effects? UCLA Health’s vaccine FAQ gives a comprehensive overview of the science behind the vaccines, what you can expect during and after a vaccination, and other vaccine-related issues. Read the entire FAQ or jump directly to one of the topic sections below.


Vaccine resources

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