Covid-19 Exemption Form Instructions

Covid-19 Exemption Process

Students may request and submit a medical exemption, disability exception, pregnancy deferment, or religious exception for the Covid-19 vaccine by visiting your patient portal and submitting the correct forms. Please watch the video above on where to locate the forms and how to upload.

Clinic Updates

Winter Quarter FAQS

Do I need to get a COVID test before returning to Riverside for winter quarter? 
Students should get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before returning to Riverside for winter quarter. Students who test positive should isolate for 10 days before returning. 

What if I can’t get tested before returning to Riverside? 
You will be required to get tested immediately after returning to campus at our testing site in the Pentland Hills Bear Cave Meeting Room. This site opens January 3, 2022.

Can over-the-counter rapid antigen tests be used to meet the pre-return to campus testing requirement for students?   
Yes rapid, at-home antigen tests do satisfy the testing requirement. Students will need to test again within 3-5 days of returning to campus. 

Do I need to upload my results after getting tested?
No. Please complete the Daily Wellness Check and answer the questions about the results of your test. You do not need to upload the winter quarter return test results into the Student Health Services portal.

Actions We Are Taking

Telehealth – We’ve opened telehealth appointments so that our providers can see patients online for primary care, follow-up visits, mental health services, medication monitoring, and other issues. In-person appointments are also available.

Screening – We require that all employees and individuals entering the clinic be screened for symptoms and have their temperatures checked.

Face Covering – Mask wearing is required indoors while in campus buildings and vehicles regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask at all times. Student Health Services requires a face mask (made of tightly woven fabric or non-woven materials of two or three layers) to be worn in the clinic at all times, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Infection Prevention – Our clinics are cleaned and disinfected rigorously, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection prevention guidelines.

Where to Get Tested – On Campus

Pentland Hills (Bear Cave Meeting Room) is now offering testing for all students with the following:

  • Asymptomatic (no symptoms)
  • Symptomatic students (any COVID-related) symptoms
  • Post-Quarantine
  • Post-Isolation
  • Post Travel outside of California and the US

All tests are processed by UC Riverside's diagnostic testing lab.

Bear Cave Hours: (Closed on Weekends)

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Instructions: Watch the following video for guidance on how to take a COVID-19 test on campus. For the latest testing information and additional locations visit Campus Return.

COVID-19 Vaccines, Booster and Verification


A COVID-19 vaccination booster is required for University of California students. Upload your proof of completion to the patient portal by Monday, Jan. 31. Watch the video tutorial on "how to upload" below.

Students and Student Workers may request and submit a medical exemption, disability exception, pregnancy deferment, or religious exception for the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting your student portal and submitting the correct forms. If you have any questions or need further advisement regarding COVID-19 exemptions and/or exceptions please submit questions through the patient portal. Choose Messages, create New Message and choose the COVID-19 Mandate Staff.

International Vaccines – We are only accepting International Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) identified by checked columns. For questions, email

Got Questions?

Q: Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination on campus?
A: Yes. Please contact Student Health Services at 951 827-3031 to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Q: What should I do if I live on campus and am exposed to or test positive for COVID-19?
A: Please refer to the isolation brochure for advice on isolating after exposure to COVID-19 or a positive test.

Q: What resources are available on campus related to COVID-19?
A: Please check the UCR COVID-19 webpage for the latest information. You can visit The Well for information on how to receive a COVID-19 wellness kit.

Q: Are students able to return to campus?
A: Students are permitted to return to campus upon completion of the online education module. Please visit the Dean of Students website for more information. You must also complete the Daily Wellness Survey each day before coming on to campus.

Visit Campus Return for the latest information about required and recommended testing for UCR students and employees. 

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

A UCR student getting his vaccine with text reading Get Vaccinated to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 at UCR

You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 at UCR by getting vaccinated! Student Health Services (SHS) has all the information you need to get your vaccines to protect yourself and the campus community.

  1. Make Your Plan. Read on to find answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and learn where you can schedule an appointment.
  2. Get Your Shots. Go to your COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Read on to find a vaccination clinic near you.
  3. Upload Your Record. Once you get your second shot, upload your proof of completion to the patient portal. Have questions about uploading your proof of completion? This video will answer them all!
Campus Return

Visit the Campus Return website for the latest COVID-19 news and updates from the UCR campus, as well as for access to testing, vaccine, and other resources.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Visit the CDC website for the latest COVID-19 fact sheets and guidance from the federal government, as well as access to vaccine and testing resources.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Contact CAPS for confidential mental health services, including virtual individual, couples', and group therapy sessions.

Phone: (951) 827-5531
Fax: (951) 827-2015

Riverside University System Public Health

Visit the public health website for the latest COVID-19 news from Riverside County and for access to testing and vaccine resources.


The Well

Reach out to The Well to request a COVID-19 wellness kit.

Instagram: @thewellucr

Wearing a mask is required when visiting Student Heath Services
All visitors, employees, and students must wear a face mask at SHS — even if fully vaccinated

Masks are still required in specific work areas, such as those working indoor childcare, youth settings, health care facilities, or while using public transit.

Masks must be made of tightly woven fabric or nonwoven materials of at least two layers

Must cover nose and mouth