Flu Shots at UHS

2021-22 Flu Season Health Advisory

As of 12/8: Detection of influenza A(H3N2) viruses by clinical and public health labs nationwide has increased recently, most frequently among young adults. This represents the first significant activity of the 2021-2022 flu season in the United States (and the first since March 2020). Influenza A (H3N2) predominant seasons can be severe, especially for older adults and young children. California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) data show the pace of influenza vaccination decreasing in October and November 2021 despite ample vaccine supplies; there is still time this season to benefit from getting an annual influenza vaccine.

2021-22 Flu Vaccine Mandate

Effective October 8, 2021, a University of California Presidential Executive Order on a flu vaccine mandate for 2021-2022 requires all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated against influenza or opt out by November 19, 2021.  Flu vaccines are for the current flu seasson (August 1, 2021 or later).

To comply with the requirements students need to either:

  • Get a flu shot on campus (see below for flu shot clinic dates) 

  • Get a flu shot elsewhere in the community (pharmacies, flu clinics, Kaiser, etc) and add their immunization information to the Medical Clearances section in eTang.

  • Decline getting a flu vaccine, by reading and acknowledging the influenza vaccination information web page and submitting a declination  at portal.berkeley.edu/attestations/new 

Students who do not get a flu vaccine or who have not met the requirement by the due date will be required to wear masks or face coverings at UC locations through the end of the influenza season (usually through April) even if COVID-19 masking requirements are loosened. Additional NPIs (non-pharmaceutical interventions) may apply, depending on local epidemiology. 

2021 Flu Shot Clinics

For Students

Drop-in clinic, no appointment needed.

Wednesday, December 1
Thursday, December 2
Thursday, December 9
Friday, December 10
Friday, December 17

Clinic hours:  9-11:30 and 1-4. The clinic is closed 11:30-1:00.

Where: UHS, Tang Center, 2222 Bancroft Way (entrance on the Bancroft side near patio area)

Faculty / Staff / Community Members

We are not offering flu shots to faculty, staff or community members at this time as the flu vaccine is widely available in the community and with health care providers. Please reach out to your health care provider or a community flu shot provider. 

Flu Shot Costs

Students with SHIP

  • FREE for students with SHIP.

For Students without SHIP

  • $40.  Please bring your Cal 1 Card. Open to eligible students only.

    • You can also get a copy of your receipt by sending a message in eTang to the Cashier to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

Flu Shots Outside of UHS

Here are additional flu shot resources outside of UHS:

Check with your provider's health system.

If you have Kaiser Permanente, please visit their website to get information about how to get a flu shot. All Kaiser members can get a free flu shot at most medical centers.  

  • Kaiser is participating with select retail stores and pharmacies to offer flu shots to members including CVS, Safeway, Rite Aid, Costco, Walgreens and Walmart.
  • Check your Kaiser website for participating locations and bring your photo ID and Kaiser membership card.

Sutter Health Walk-In Care Flu Shots are available to anyone over 18 months of age and older at Sutter Walk-In Care, and those 6 months of age and older can get a flu vaccine.

There are a variety of retail stores and pharmacies that offer flu shots including CVS, Safeway, Rite Aid, Costco, Walgreens, Target, and Walmart.

The City of Berkeley Public Health Department also has an Immunization Program that provides flu shots.

Alameda County Public Health also provides flu clinics. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Use MyTurn to find a Flu Shot Clinic near you

My Turn, find and make appointments for flu vaccines in the community.