The COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the 2020-21 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 to prevent and treat COVID-19.
University of California flu vaccine requirement
The University of California issued an Executive Order that “all students, faculty, and staff living, learning, or working on premises at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine, unless they receive an approved medical exemption or disability or religious accommodation.” 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 2020-21 flu season. If at any time during the season you might need to access campus facilities, plan to get a flu vaccination or submit an approved exemption or accommodation. 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: A single flu vaccination question will return to the Daily Symptom Survey on Nov. 16:
"Have you received a flu vaccination after August 1, 2020 OR do you have an approved exemption from the flu vaccination mandate that allows you to come on campus?"
This yes/no question ensures all academics, staff, and students are in compliance with the University of California Executive Order that anyone living, learning, or working on premises at any UC location must receive a flu vaccination, unless they receive an approved medical/disability accommodation.
Please retain any flu vaccination or exemption records, as they may be needed in the future. Flu vaccination data already submitted to the Daily Symptom Survey have been retained for access by Human Resources, Academic Affairs and Student Health and Counseling Services if needed. Learn more on the HR webpage at Flu Vaccinations: Self-Reporting and Exemptions.
Students: In addition to the Daily Symptom Survey, students will also need to report their influenza vaccination or make the request for a medical exemption or disability or religious accommodation through the Student Health and Counseling Services Health-e-Messaging Portal, where they also provide evidence of their other required vaccinations. The University of California has also provided a flu vaccine FAQ for students about the 2020-21 UC influenza vaccination.
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 clinic information
Student Health and Counseling Services and Occupational Health Services offered free flu vaccinations at flu clinics on the UC Davis campus, from Sept. 14 through Oct. 30. The clinics were designed to serve students living on campus and any student, academic or staff member unable to access flu shots through their health insurance.
Though the free campus flu clinics have ended, students who are still seeking their dose of this season’s flu vaccine are encouraged to contact Student Health and Counseling Services through the Health e-Messaging portal to inquire about immunization availability and to make an appointment.