Vaccines for COVID-19

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COVID Vaccines

 COVID Vaccine Boosters

  • CDC expands eligibility of COVID vaccine booster. The CDC has recommended booster doses of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for all adults 18 years and older, in alignment with the FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for both vaccines.
  • For those 18 and older who received their primary vaccination series with either Moderna or Pfizer, a booster dose can be administered at least six months after full vaccination (following the second dose). As previously recommended by CDC, for those 18 years and older who received their primary vaccination with the one-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine, a booster dose can be administered at least two months after the first vaccination.
  • Any of the COVID-19 vaccines can be used for booster vaccination, regardless of the vaccine product used for primary vaccination.
  • With COVID-19 vaccine so widely available in the community, UHS will not be providing COVID vaccine boosters broadly to the campus community, so that we can continue to focus on providing health services to our student population. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to review the eligibility and to check appointment availability

 Vaccines are widely available in the community

 Upload your outside vaccine records to eTang.

  • If you received the vaccine at an off-campus vaccination site, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination to the secure eTang portal as soon as you have received your last dose and have a complete vaccination card. If you were vaccinated on campus, no further action is required.

 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

More information can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements webpage with updated FAQs. 

 Lost your vaccine card

If you lost your vaccine card, please go to the CAIR website to request a record of your vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the vaccine?

1. Faculty, staff and students can get a COVID vaccine at our campus vaccine clinic. Visiting Scholars, Postdocs, and Visiting Students can also get vaccines at our campus vaccine clinics. See above for information on clinic dates and location.

2. Visit the California Department of Public Health My Turn website to book an appointment.

Who is eligible to get vaccines?

According to COVID state guidelines, anyone 12 years and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

What about faculty and staff, can they get vaccine appointments at the campus vaccine site?

Yes, we are vaccinating students, faculty and staff, as well as visiting scholars, postdocs, and visiting students at our campus site.

What if I get a COVID vaccine outside UHS, how do I upload my records?

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to upload their vaccine records to eTang. Here are instructions for how to upload records.

What about students on SHIP?

Students who are on SHIP the vaccine is covered and there is no cost to students.  Students not on SHIP can also get a vaccine through our campus site with no costs to the student.

Can students from other UC campuses get COVID-19 vaccines at UC Berkeley?

Yes, The Student Health Center (SHC) at each University of California campus gladly offers reciprocal access to its student health services to currently registered students from all other UC campuses under the same conditions that apply to its own students who are not enrolled in its campus Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

For visiting UC students regarding COVID-19 vaccines:

Will the vaccine be mandatory for any portion of the campus population?

As of July 15, the University of California released a final COVID-19 vaccine policy.

Under the policy, the university would require students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. UC already strongly encourages students, faculty, academic appointees and staff to voluntarily obtain a vaccination as soon as they are eligible and able to schedule an appointment. 

More information can be found in the FAQs for students (PDF) and employees (PDF). Additional questions can be directed to UCOP.

Will COVID vaccines be available this Fall?

Yes, we plan to continue to offer vaccine clinics and appointments over the summer and in August for students, faculty and staff returning to campus.

How much vaccine is the campus getting?

Currently we are getting vaccine each week, the quantity and type varies.

Who will be getting the vaccine, how will it be phased?

Early on in the vaccine distruciton, we were following a phased roll-out, but now with vaccine more widely available, we are open to all students, faculty and staff.

What kind of vaccine will the campus be getting?

We have been getting Moderna, Pfizer vaccine and J&J vaccine.

How will the vaccine be distributed?

Currently, we have vaccine clinics in the MLK building Pauley Ballroom and appointments can be booked on eTang and there are drop-in appointments. After August 26, vaccines will be given at Tang Center.

Will SHIP cover the cost of vaccines?

Yes, it appears that the COVID vaccines should be fully covered by health insurance plans.  In this case, UHS will bill SHIP directly for vaccinations obtained at Tang.  The early phase of vaccine distribution is funded by the federal government.

Is campus going to pay for vaccinations?

The cost of the initial phase of vaccination will be covered by a combination of the federal government, occupational health, and insurance funding.  Our understanding from federal regulations is that health care plans are required to pay fully for COVID vaccinations, and there is no out-of-pocket expense to individuals.  

How can I get a vaccine from University Health Services?

UHS is offering vaccines to faculty, staff and students who are 12 years and older and can check our etang portal for upcoming vaccine clinics. 

If I get the vaccine, do I need to continue regular surveillance testing and preventative measures?

Effective April 1, 2021 campus surveillance testing requirements have changed for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students. You’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your final vaccine dose.

  • For those that are vaccinated, weekly testing will not be required for 180 days from the date you are fully vaccinated (14 days after final dose).  Then you get a test and will not need another test for 90 days.  This is subject to change based on the public health situation.