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 underway at UCLA Health facilities for members of the campus community and the broader public.

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

Below, you’ll find 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.

Upcoming


Town hall for parents and families: vaccines

March 4, 2021
5:30 pm
Zoom

UCLA leaders and experts from UCLA Health and the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center provide an update on the campus’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans for students and others, discuss vaccine science and safety, and outline campus health and safety protocols.

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Latest event

Feb. 24: Update for employees on vaccine distribution and answers to questions about how the rollout will affect UCLA.

Getting vaccinated through UCLA

As of March 1, 2021, all UCLA faculty and staff members — including student employees and those who work in the campus’s pre-K–12 facilities — are eligible to receive vaccinations in California as part of the education and child care sector.

UCLA Health is continuing to work with the state and county public health departments to make sure that members of the campus community and members of the broader public can receive the vaccine in an equitable and orderly way.

While we remain committed to offering vaccinations to all faculty, staff and students, our supplies of the vaccine are quite limited at this time, and we are urging all eligible members of the Bruin community to get vaccinated as early as possible, wherever that may be.

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 allows residents throughout the state to schedule a vaccination close to where they live.

Campus community vaccinations

At this time, UCLA Health is continuing to offer vaccinations to the following members of the campus community:

  • UCLA employees and students 65 years of age and older
  • UCLA Health faculty, staff and trainees
  • Faculty, staff and students at the medical, dental and nursing schools
  • Members of the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center clinical team
  • UCLA first responders (police, fire and EMS)
  • Campus employees who directly support patient care (facilities, parking services, and environment, health and safety)

While timing is contingent on supplies of the vaccines and guidance from the California and Los Angeles County public health departments, UCLA expects to offer vaccinations to the following campus groups in the next phase of its rollout:

  • Personnel from UCLA Residential Life, UCLA Housing and food services
  • Employees from custodial and grounds services, skilled trades, mail and document services, parking and transportation, and environmental health and safety
  • Research faculty and staff working on already-approved research operational plans
  • Faculty teaching in-person courses
  • Faculty and staff working on site to support remote instruction
  • On-site pre-K–12 teachers and child care workers

These groups will likely be followed by:

  • Off-site faculty and staff deemed to be critical to the continuity of UCLA’s mission
  • Students (prioritized by age and underlying medical conditions)
  • Other off-site employees (prioritized by age and underlying medical conditions)

Eligible UCLA employees will receive an email inviting them to self-schedule a vaccination.

Once you have received an invitation, follow these step-by-step instructions (PDF) — also available in Spanish (PDF) — to schedule an appointment in myUCLAhealth, where you will be able to choose the date, time and location of your vaccination. If you don’t have a myUCLAhealth account, you can create one here. You can also use the myChart mobile app to access your myUCLAhealth account.

UCLA Health will be creating medical records for those faculty and staff members, as well as student employees, who are not UCLA Health patients. This will allow them to access myUCLAhealth to schedule an appointment once they have received an invitation.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. After you receive your first dose of the vaccine, you will be prompted to return to myUCLAhealth to schedule your second dose three to four weeks later.

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.

Following Los Angeles County guidelines, UCLA must first offer vaccines to its own health care workers and first responders, support the vaccination of other health care workers throughout Los Angeles County and offer vaccinations to UCLA Health patients age 65 and older before offering vaccines more widely among the campus community.

As UCLA rolls out the vaccine to broader segments of the campus community, members of those campus groups will be prioritized according to age, occupational risk and a social vulnerability index that takes into account factors like socioeconomic status, disabilities and household composition. For instance, if there are 3,000 employees 65 and older but only 1,000 vaccine doses available for that group, those with the highest vulnerability will be offered the vaccine first, until there are enough doses to cover the full group.

More information on rollout prioritizations can be found in the UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force’s Jan. 27 and Feb. 24 reports.

Vaccinations are being offered at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; and UCLA Health clinics in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Santa Clarita and Torrance. UCLA Health may open additional primary care locations throughout Southern California in the future.

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 health agency or their primary care provider. 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 allows residents throughout the state to schedule a vaccination close to where they live.
  • Employees who do book an appointment through My Turn may need to bring employment and residential documentation (PDF) to their vaccination. Student workers who do not have a traditional pay stub may obtain a verification letter through their principal investigator or other supervisor.

Students who are 65 years of age and older are currently being vaccinated by UCLA.

The majority of students, because of their age, fall into the broader final category of Los Angeles County’s vaccine prioritization plan. It is not yet clear when they will receive invitations to be vaccinated, although the current estimate is sometime in May or June 2021, contingent on vaccine supplies.

The Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is working with the campus and UCLA Health to determine the prioritization of students, with a focus on those with underlying health conditions that may place them in a higher-priority category. UCLA will be communicating with students directly as they become eligible. If you are a student and have the opportunity to get vaccinated elsewhere before receiving an invitation from UCLA, you are encouraged to do so.

If you graduate in spring 2021 before having been offered the vaccine through UCLA, you will continue to remain eligible for vaccination up until the time the next quarter begins.

As of March 1, 2021, all undergraduate and graduate students who are employees of UCLA became eligible to receive the vaccine in California.

Because student employees, particularly those working on campus, fall into a higher-priority category than non-employee students, they are likely to be offered the vaccine through UCLA Health sooner.

However, with campus vaccine supplies limited, UCLA is encouraging student employees to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. At this time, the fastest 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.

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. 

Latest updates

March 2, 2021

All UCLA faculty and staff members are now eligible to receive vaccinations in California. UCLA’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force addresses what this means for the campus’s vaccine rollout program.

Feb. 24, 2021

UCLA’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force provides an update on vaccine distribution for the Bruin community and highlights potential changes to state and county rollout guidelines.


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.


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