Updated May 2023

COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated May 16, 2023:  University of California announcement on updating the COVID-19 vaccination policy. View the UC Vaccine Policy.

UC COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Once each year, typically in the fall, UCI will require students and campus employees to either attest to having received the COVID-19 vaccine or to decline the COVID-19 vaccine.

You do not need to take any action at this time. Watch for campus communications later this year on how to attest to or decline the COVID-19 vaccine.

What has changed with this most recent policy revision announcement?

  • University policy will no longer require COVID-19 vaccine as a condition, with limited exceptions, to physically access a University location or program.
  • There will no longer be a requirement for new campus employees or new students to submit evidence of a COVID-19 primary vaccination series.
  • There will no longer be a requirement to submit a medical or religious exception request or disability deferral request in lieu of receiving the vaccine.
  • Students and campus employees will instead attest or decline the most current dose of the COVID-19 vaccine once per year, typically in the fall.

Help keep UCI Healthy. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination.

While UCI will only assess COVID-19 vaccine policy compliance on an annual basis, we recommend everyone in the UCI community stay up to date with the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations.

UCI’s Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services is available to answer questions and assist with uploading required documentation for compliance. The team can also help individuals find vaccine resources in the community. Call 949-824-2300 or email contacttracing@uci.edu.

Visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information regarding UCI’s COVID-19 Response Program.

At-home COVID-19 antigen tests is available free of charge to students, staff, and faculty.

PCR testing may be available to you through your primary care provider or from local clinics and pharmacies.

Students and employees who are experiencing symptoms may also follow instructions on the UCI Forward Symptom Check page and if you meet criteria will be able to schedule a PCR test.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests
Students, faculty, and staff can pick up rapid antigen at-home test kits free of charge at the following locations.