Flu Vaccination Requirement
The University of California announced that all students, faculty, and staff living, learning, or working at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine this fall. The current COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the upcoming 2020-21 flu season even more critical to help protect the health of our campus community, including students, staff and academics. A reduction in the number of influenza cases preserves valuable health care resources to prevent and treat COVID-19. The deadline for vaccination or submitting a medical exemption is Nov. 1, 2020.
Insurance coverage and access to flu shots
- All health insurance plans cover influenza vaccinations, though they may place restrictions on where a person can receive the shot for free.
- Students with the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) can access flu shots at the Student Health and Wellness Center with 100% coverage.
- Students without UC SHIP can call the number on the back of their insurance card to be connected to a healthcare provider or location where flu shots are covered by their plan. Students without UC SHIP can also obtain a flu shot at the Student Health and Wellness Center by paying a $35 fee ($15 visit fee plus $20 for the flu shot).
- Academics and staff should contact their health care provider to learn where to get their flu shot.
- Flu Clinics will also be held on campus this fall that offer flu vaccinations at no cost for students, staff and academics who are unable to access flu shots through their health insurance. To ensure an adequate supply of influenza vaccine for students and essential campus employees at higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, we highly encourage:
- Academics and staff access their health care providers for influenza vaccinations first before utilizing the flu clinics.
- UC SHIP students obtain their flu shot at the Student Health and Wellness Center, if possible.
How to provide your flu vaccine information to campus
- Employees: UC Davis is working on finalizing how employees will provide proof to campus that they have been vaccinated and more details will be available soon. The University of California has also provided a flu vaccine FAQ for employees about the 2020-21 UC influenza vaccination order.
- Employees requesting an exemption (e.g., medical, religious, disability) from the flu shot mandate, should contact their supervisor. The supervisor should then consult Employee & Labor Relations.
- Students: All students, regardless of whether they attending remotely or in-person, will report their influenza vaccination through their Student Health and Counseling Services Health-e-Messaging Portal, where they also provide evidence of their other required vaccinations. Read more on the University of California influenza vaccination requirement Q&A page for students.
Flu Clinic Information
Student Health and Counseling Services and Occupational Health Services will be working together to offer free flu vaccinations at the Davis campus flu clinics. The clinics are designed to serve students living on campus and any student, staff or academic who is not able to access flu shots through their health insurance. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Face coverings and physical distancing precautions will be strictly enforced.
Dates/Times: The clinics will be offered for five consecutive weeks, starting on Monday, Sept. 14 and ending on Friday, Oct. 16. The clinic will be available from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Monday through Friday with additional appointments available for shift workers and those unable to participate during business hours.
How to make a flu clinic appointment: Academics, staff and students can schedule an appointment for the flu clinic using the Student Health and Counseling Services Health e-Messaging portal beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. If you are accessing the portal for the first time, you will need to enter your Kerberos username and passphrase to log into the system. Users should first click the button for "Get your flu shot" and then complete the registration process. You may also refer to the step-by-step guide on how to schedule an appointment. Appointments should take no longer than 15-30 minutes.
Location: Pavilion (Use the entrance next to Peet’s Coffee to access the indoor clinic location.)