The continued COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the 2021-22 flu season even more critical to help protect the health of our campus community, including students, staff members and academics.
A reduction in the number of influenza cases can preserve valuable health care resources overall.
University of California flu vaccine requirement
On October 8, 2021, the University of California issued an Executive Order “requiring all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to get vaccinated against influenza or opt out using a form supplied by their location after receiving information about flu vaccine” by November 19, 2021. Those who choose to decline getting the flu vaccine will be required to follow any local or state public health guidance with regard to face covering requirements. Everyone not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings on campus through the end of the flu season even if COVID-19 requirements are loosened.
While the mandate applies to those who will be living, learning or working on campus, all members of the campus community - and their families - are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccination.
Even though you may not be accessing campus facilities at this time, consider the entire length of the 2021-22 flu season. If at any time during the season you might need to access campus facilities, plan to get a flu vaccination or submit the Flu Vaccine Declination form by the Nov. 19 deadline. Keep in mind that as the flu season progresses, the availability of the vaccine may become limited. We recommend you get the flu vaccine as early as possible.
University of California Influenza Vaccination Order FAQs
How to provide your flu vaccine information to campus
Employees and Students:
- Log into Health-e-Messaging
- Click on “Medical Clearances”
- Click the green “Update” button in the “Influenza Immunization” section
- Enter the date you received your flu vaccine and select “Flu whole (Influenza - Seasonal)” in the drop down menu.
- Click “Done” and your information will be saved. You do not need to upload a copy of your flu vaccination record.
How to complete the Flu Vaccine Declination form to decline flu vaccination:
Employees and Students:
- Log into Health-e-Messaging
- Click on “Messages” then “New Message”
- Select the option for “Influenza (Flu) Declination” and submit the form.
Flu Vaccination Information
What are the benefits of getting the flu vaccine?
- It can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- If you do get the flu after getting the flu vaccine, the symptoms are likely to be less severe.
- Aside from helping you stay healthy, the flu vaccine also reduces the chances of you having to see your healthcare provider for flu-related concerns, which helps our healthcare system have resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It helps protect the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
- For more information on flu vaccine benefits, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.
Does the flu vaccine work?
According to the CDC, recent studies show that flu vaccines generally reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%. This varies from person to person and season to season. Even if someone gets the flu vaccine and still gets the flu, several studies have shown that people who get the flu vaccine do not get as sick as people who do not get the flu vaccine.
For more information on the flu and flu vaccination this season, please visit the CDC Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season and the CDC Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information Statement.
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 the flu vaccine 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 vaccines are covered by their plan. Students without UC SHIP can also obtain a flu vaccine at the Student Health and Wellness Center by paying a $35 fee ($15 visit fee plus $20 for the flu vaccine).
- Any registered student can make an appointment at the ARC vaccine clinic to get their flu vaccine free of charge, regardless of insurance status.
- Academics and staff on the Davis campus should contact their health care provider to learn where to get their flu vaccine. Due to limited supply, the Sacramento campus employee health vaccine clinic is only able to UC Davis Health employees. Faculty, staff and students are required to show a valid UC Davis Health badge to receive the vaccine.
Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic for Students
Student Health and Counseling Services will offer free flu vaccinations at the ARC vaccine clinic on the UC Davis campus from Oct. 14 through Nov. 19. The clinic is designed to serve students living on campus and any student unable to access flu vaccines through their health insurance. In addition, students who are eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot can do so at the same clinic location, as long as they make appointments for each vaccination.
The flu vaccine clinic is appointment only and open Monday - Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. You can make a flu vaccination appointment in Health-e-Messaging.