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.

Getting vaccinated is now more important than ever. The University of California announced July 15, 2021, that all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to narrow medical exemptions and accommodations based on disability or religious belief. Below, you’ll find more on this 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

May 21: Campus leaders and health experts discuss details of teaching in the fall, including classroom occupancy levels, health and safety protocols, COVID-19 testing, and vaccine requirements.

Getting vaccinated

With everyone in the U.S. age 12 and older now eligible to be vaccinated and the University of California issuing its systemwide vaccination policy, UCLA is encouraging all staff, faculty and students to schedule a vaccination appointment as soon as possible, wherever that may be.

People can 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.

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 fall term will need to be fully vaccinated 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.

More on where and how students and employees can get vaccinated is available on our Vaccines at UCLA page.  

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

Faculty and staff

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

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 — new openings are added as doses become available. You can also schedule a vaccination appointment through California’s My Turn portal, 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 at the earliest opportunity, wherever that may be.

While the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is not currently offering vaccines, they anticipate being able to provide vaccines to students in early August 2021. Information will be shared with students in the coming weeks. Students can find out more 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.

International students, likewise, are encouraged to get vaccinated at the earliest possible opportunity with the vaccines available to them in their home countries. (Note: Only vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization meet the university’s vaccine requirement.) International students who have not been vaccinated in their home countries and who are planning their return to the United States can also schedule vaccine appointments in California (see the “Where else can I get the vaccine?” section of this FAQ) and should plan to quarantine for the 10-day period after their 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.)

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.).

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 has implemented several processes by which students, employees and others can verify their vaccination status:

  • Enrolled students: Students, including student employees, can submit proof of their vaccination — or request an exemption — through the portal on the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center website.
  • 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 for vaccination; (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.

    Employees can also use the symptom monitoring system to indicate their request a medical, religious or disability-based exemption.

    Employees will be able to check their vaccination clearance status by using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal (UCLA logon ID required); supervisors can also use the portal to check employees’ status.
  • UCLA Health employees: Information on vaccination verification for UCLA Health personnel will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • 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 on notifying their program their vaccination status from the UCLA Lab School or the Geffen Academy at UCLA.

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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