Getting vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization. Vaccination and boosters (when eligible) are required for all students, faculty and staff — with limited exceptions — under University of California policy.

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Vaccination and booster policy

In alignment with the University of California’s COVID-19 vaccination policy (PDF), UCLA students, faculty, staff and others who work, live or study on campus or at other UCLA facilities need to be fully vaccinated (and up to date on booster shots) — with limited medical exceptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

Full-time and hybrid schedules: This policy applies to all those working or learning on campus or UCLA facilities either full time or on a hybrid schedule, regardless of the amount of days worked each month.

Fully remote: While vaccinations are strongly urged for those working or learning fully remotely, they are not required. If, however, you return to work or class on campus, you will need to be up to date on your vaccinations and boosters and to submit proof to UCLA.

New students and employees: Entering students and new hires who will be learning, living or working on campus will need to comply with the policy and submit proof that they are up to date on their vaccinations and boosters before arriving.

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

Vaccination terms and definitions

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 are considered up to date on vaccinations when:

You are currently eligible for a booster when:

  • Five months have passed since you received the second dose of a Pfizer–BioNTech, Moderna, or other WHO-approved two-dose vaccine, or two months have passed since you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Boosters are not currently recommended for those receiving the Novavax vaccine.)

Note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can still receive a booster once your symptoms have cleared and/or you have been released from isolation — there is no need to wait 90 days.

How and where to get vaccines and boosters

Available vaccines and boosters

The following COVID-19 vaccines and boosters have been approved or authorized for use in the United States:

  • Pfizer–BioNTech (two-dose vaccine and booster)
  • Moderna (two-dose vaccine and booster)
  • Johnson & Johnson (single-dose vaccine and booster)
  • Novavax (two-dose vaccine only)

Most people are eligible for a booster shot when:

  • Five months have passed since they received the second dose of the Pfizer–BioNTech, Moderna or other two-dose vaccine approved by the FDA and/or WHO.
  • Two months have passed since they received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Note: A booster is not recommended at this time for people who receive the two-dose Novavax vaccine. 
  • Second booster: Adults age 50 and older and some immunocompromised people age 12 and older are currently eligible for a second booster. 

For more information on vaccines and boosters, visit the CDC’s Vaccines for COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters.

Where to get your vaccine and booster

Vaccines and boosters are available to members of the Bruin community through certain campus health facilities, state and local health agencies, and pharmacies.

Outside UCLA: The quickest option for most students and employees is to schedule a free off-campus vaccination or booster appointment through:

At UCLA: Vaccines and boosters may also available through UCLA, though wait times vary based on supply.

Getting vaccinated outside the U.S.

International students and faculty are encouraged to get vaccinated as early as possible, including in their home countries. However, only vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization by the World Health Organization meet the university’s vaccine requirement. (The CDC keeps a list of WHO-authorized vaccines, and you can follow the status of vaccines through the WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process.)

Those who have been vaccinated outside the U.S. with a WHO-authorized vaccine can also receive an FDA-approved booster in the U.S.


If you can’t get an authorized vaccine

International students and faculty who cannot obtain a vaccine that has been approved or granted emergency use authorization by the WHO 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 have partially completed a vaccination series with a non-authorized vaccine may be offered revaccination with an FDA/WHO–authorized one in the U.S.


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.

If you have further questions about UCLA’s acceptance of international vaccines, please email covid19@ucla.edu.

Confirm your vaccination and booster with UCLA

All students, faculty and staff who will be living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA facilities are required to submit proof of their vaccination and booster to UCLA. Individuals can do so online or use the UCLA Mobile app, which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

  • 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.
  • Employees
    Staff and faculty can most easily confirm their status through UCLA’s UCLA COVID-19 Action Center (formerly the Symptom Monitoring Survey) by giving the university consent to check UCLA Health records and the California vaccination database. (Alternatively, you can upload an image of your CDC vaccination card or non-U.S. equivalent, or upload an official medical record from your health care provider.)

    If you gave consent to check records for your initial vaccination, the survey should automatically update your booster status. If you didn’t, you can give consent for your booster. If your records are not found, the system will provide instructions on how to proceed.
  • UCLA Health employees and those in clinical settings
    UCLA Health personnel and those who work in clinical settings have been given information through COVID-19 protocols for health care settings on how to upload their proof.
  • 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.
  • Pre-K–12 students
    Students age who are eligible for vaccinations and boosters will receive information from the UCLA Lab School or the Geffen Academy at UCLA about notifying their program of their vaccination status.

Exception requests

In certain limited circumstances, students and employees may be granted a medical exception, an accommodation based on religious beliefs or disabilities, or a deferral based on pregnancy. If you received an initial vaccination but wish to apply for an exception to the booster due to changed circumstances, you may do so.

To request an exemption:

Remote students and employees returning to campus

Returning students and employees
If you have been working completely remotely but are now returning to campus on a full-time or hybrid basis, you will need to update your work status through the UCLA COVID-19 Action Center (formerly the Symptom Monitoring Survey). If you have not yet done so, you will also need to upload proof of your vaccination and booster status or request an exception through the Action Center.

Fully remote students and employees
If you are newly remote and will not be coming to campus at any point during the term, you will need to update the UCLA COVID-19 Action Center (formerly the Symptom Monitoring Survey); indicate that you will be fully remote so that you’re not flagged for noncompliance with the vaccination policy. If you are fully remote but have already been vaccinated, you should upload proof of your vaccination through the Action Center.


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