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 Pfizer boosters are available for eligible 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 and availability.

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 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 is hosting a series of town halls and other online events to keep the Bruin community informed about the vaccination policy and other topics related to the return to campus this fall. All past events are archived on our town halls page.

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

Latest event

Sept. 9: UCLA experts address the importance of safeguarding health and emotional and social well-being as many staff and faculty transition to on-campus work this fall.

Getting vaccinated

With the University of California issuing its systemwide vaccination policy, UCLA is urging all unvaccinated staff, faculty and students to schedule a vaccination appointment now, wherever that may be.

Local residents can use California’s My Turn portal and out-of-state residents can use the Vaccines.gov website to book a vaccination close to where they live. (For more options, see “Where else can I get the vaccine?” below.)

On July 15, 2021, the University of California issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy 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 prior to the fall term — with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. This means that UCLA faculty, staff and students who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall term will need to receive their final dose by:

  • Thursday, Sept. 9
  • Students on the semester system will need to be in compliance earlier — two weeks before their first day of instruction; faculty and staff in semester programs will need to be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to the earliest of their semester start dates. 

For further details on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

Those who choose not to be immunized and who do not receive an approved exception (or a deferral based on pregnancy) will not meet UC’s health and safety condition for physical access to UC facilities or in-person attendance at UC programs or events and 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.

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. In order to prevent waiting in line, you should arrive no earlier than five minutes prior to your appointment time. 

You can also schedule a vaccination appointment through California’s My Turn portal, Vaccines.gov, a 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. 


Students

All UCLA students are now eligible to receive vaccinations in the U.S. UCLA is urging students to get vaccinated now, wherever that may be.

The Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is currently offering mRNA vaccines to students. Information on how to schedule an appointment is available 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 or visit the Vaccine Finder website to schedule a vaccination.

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

As a final option, UCLA will be holding an Immunization Requirement Fair at which COVID-19 vaccines, along with other immunizations, will be available for students who have been unable to secure an authorized vaccination. The fair will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a third (booster) dose of the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine for people who had their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago and who are in certain populations and occupational and institutional settings — including people working at colleges and universities.

The university will be offering free Pfizer boosters to all eligible faculty and staff members at the UCLA-wide booster clinic, which runs from Oct. 15 to 31.

  • Locations and times: Events will take place daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the B-level of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the auditorium at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.  
  • Appointments: Please make an appointment using your myUCLAHealth account. If you do not have a myUCLAHealth account, please call myUCLAHealth technical support at 855-364-7052 for an activation link or text. Please do not sign up for an account on the website. (You do not need to be a UCLA Health patient to get an account.) 
  • Other opportunities to receive the booster: You can schedule an appointment through the California MyTurn portal, through Los Angeles County or at a local pharmacy. 
  • Safekeeping booster vaccination card: As a reminder, if you get your booster vaccine outside of UCLA Health, please retain a copy of your vaccination card for your personal record-keeping. 


A booster dose is not yet authorized or available to people who received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as there must be a separate review of data by the FDA for those vaccines. We will let you know when there is updated guidance. 

At this time, COVID-19 vaccine boosters are not required for initial compliance with the UC COVID-19 vaccination policy.

While staff, faculty and students can receive the vaccine through UCLA, our supplies are limited. Members of the Bruin community may find they’re able to schedule a vaccination more quickly 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.

  • 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.).


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.

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.

In addition, UCLA will be holding an Immunization Requirement Fair at which COVID-19 vaccines, along with other immunizations, will be available for students who have been unable to secure authorized vaccinations. The fair will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center.

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. 

UCLA faculty, staff, students and others who will be living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall must verify their vaccination status at least 14 days prior to the start of the term. (Employees who work in UCLA hospitals and clinics must submit verification by Sept. 1.)

  • Enrolled students 
    Students, including student employees, can submit proof of their vaccination 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.

    Students will be able to privately check their 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, faculty and non-student employees can confirm their vaccinations through the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring System in one of several ways: (1) give UCLA consent to check UCLA Health records and the California vaccination database to verify their vaccination; (2) upload an image of their CDC vaccination card (or non–U.S. equivalent); or (3) upload an official medical record from their health care provider.

    Employees should complete the symptom monitoring portion of the survey even if they are not planning to come to campus on the day they upload their vaccination information. Similarly, employees who will not be coming to campus during the fall term should still upload their information and complete the survey so that they will not be flagged for noncompliance with the policy.

    While employees will not receive immediate confirmation of their vaccination clearance status through the Symptom Monitoring System, they will be able to privately check their status using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal (UCLA logon ID required); supervisors will also be able to use the portal to check the status of employees who report directly to them.

    Note: 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.
  • UCLA Health employees
    UCLA Health personnel have been provided information on how to upload their vaccination proof, which will be reviewed by UCLA Occupational Health Services. UCLA Health has also launched a clearance dashboard for managers to view employees’ vaccination status, exceptions and COVID-19 surveillance testing results.
  • 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 12 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.


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:

Latest updates

Oct. 13, 2021

UCLA is offering free Pfizer–BioNTech boosters to all eligible faculty and staff members through our campuswide booster clinic, which runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31, 2021, at several locations.

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.


Important questions about vaccination

Having concerns about the safety of the vaccines? Wondering about the possible side effects? UCLA Health’s vaccine information hub and FAQ give a comprehensive overview of the science behind the vaccines, what you can expect during and after a vaccination, and other vaccine-related issues. 


Vaccine resources

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