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Resources for Students and Families

Section 1

UC Vaccine Policy

The UC Office of the President has issued an updated UC Vaccine Policy covering COVID-19 and flu vaccine requirements. All students, faculty and staff must receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster and upload records to be policy compliant. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus. 

Student information such as how to get vaccinated, how to request a medical exemption how to upload records is available on the vaccinations and boosters page.

Section 2

Face Coverings / Masks

Face coverings are recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status consistent with current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. Individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire.

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

Face Coverings FAQs Face Coverings and Voluntary Use Respirators (N95s) 

Health and Mental Health Resources

Student Health Center Counseling Center Student Wellness

Section 3

International Students

UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

The UC's COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, includes international students, who are expected be to be fully vaccinated before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for winter quarter. Under the policy, eligible students are also required to be boosted. 

For students who have received a COVID vaccination outside of the United States, UCI will accept vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization's (WHO). The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a process for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics during a public health emergency. Through that process, a number of vaccines not available in the United States have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). A document summarizing the status of a wide range of international vaccines can be found online on the WHO’s website. 

Individuals arriving in the U.S., but have not received the vaccine, may be able to get the vaccine at an airport or schedule an appointment at a vaccine provider.

Several airports offer COVID-19 vaccines, including: LAXSNA- Orange County, and SFO.

For international students trying to schedule an appointment with a vaccine provider, a social security number is not required in order to receive the vaccine. However, some providers may require that you enter this information when completing registration. If you are unable to complete registration and schedule an appointment, you should contact the vaccine provider directly for guidance. 

For general information, visit the International Center.

FAQ for International Students