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How to submit UC Immunization Requirements

 

Please compare your available immunization records to the UCR requirements. For any missing requirements, you can speak to your medical provider about having immunizations or MMR and Varicella titers to check for positive immunity.

Active students can go to Student Health Services to complete their missing requirements. Students with active UCSHIP will have coverage for visits and vaccinations. Students without UCSHIP will be considered cash patients. Please call 951-827-3031 Option 2 to schedule appointments and discuss current cash prices. Admitted students will need to visit their medical provider or local pharmacies.

 

International Students

If you do not have certain vaccines in your country please send a secure message in your patient portal to the immunization mandate staff so we can give you a temporary extension.

 

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Immunization Requirements FAQs

  • Document Submission

    Am I required to upload my documents? 
    Yes, it is a requirement to upload your immunization records in the patient portal in the medical clearance section under “immunization records” for verification of your dates. 

    Can I mail/email or bring in my records in person for submission? 
    No. For privacy and protection of your personal health information we only accept records uploaded in your patient portal. You will need to log in the patient portal and upload your immunization records in the medical clearance section. 

    Can I make a change to the records I submitted? 
    Yes, you can if you have not input a “non-compliant” date. Please leave the date field blank if you do not have the age required vaccine. This will allow you to update the field when you receive the vaccine. If you submit a non-compliant date, you may not be able to change it. If unable to update, send a secure message to the Immunization Staff for assistance. 

    I have additional documents I want to upload where can I upload them? 
    Log in to your patient portal, under medical clearance upload in the “immunization record.” 

    What if I do not have my immunization records? 
    You can contact your previous high school/college, medical providers or your parents for your records. If these options are not available to you, you will need to receive your vaccinations again. MMR and Varicella have the options for titers as proof of immunity. Tdap and Meningococcal vaccination is required. *Meningococcal vaccine is applicable to students between the ages of 16-21. 

    Where can I check if I have met the immunization requirements? 
    Log into your patient portal, on the home page click on the option “Immunization Record.” Each immunization will show a “Compliant” in green or “Non-compliant” in red. 

    When are immunization and TB screening/clearance due? 
    All immunizations and TB screening/clearance is due prior to arriving on campus. 
    Students who do not submit their immunizations may experience academic holds and will not be permitted to register for their next quarter classes. 
    Can I have an extension on completing my immunization requirements? 
    Students are expected to complete their immunization requirements before attending UCR. UCR Student Health Services offers immunizations and TB clearance testing. You can call 951- 827-3031 to schedule an appointment and ask about fees for the appointment. Please note UCSHIP (UC school medical insurance) will NOT cover your immunizations if you are not an active, registered student. Please go to https://studenthealth.ucr.edu/student-health-insurance-plan-ship for information on UCSHIP and coverage dates. 

    Will I get a confirmation that my records have been received or reviewed? 
    Secure Messages are sent in the patient portal to students who are still missing vaccinations or TB clearance. 
    You are able to check your own compliance by logging into the patient portal and selecting the option “Medical Clearances.” If you see you are non-compliant and have not received a message regarding your immunization compliance, your record may not have been reviewed yet. Please continue to work on your non-compliant requirements. Response time is 5-7 business days depending on volume. 
     

  • Exemptions

    Can I request a personal or religious belief exemption? 
    No, only medical exemptions are permitted. Students with medical conditions that are contraindicated to MMR, Varicella, Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines may submit a medical exemption request form that was completed and signed by a licensed treating medical provider. 

    Do I need to comply with the immunization requirements although I was an undergraduate at UCR and now entering into graduate school? 
    Yes, all incoming students must comply, even if you previously attended UCR. ATTENTION GRADUATES: If you did not complete the UC immunization requirements in your undergraduate program, you are considered a new student in your graduate program and will be expected to complete immunization compliance. 

    Are there any exempt programs/majors? 
    The following are the only programs exempted from mandatory immunization compliance: 
    • OENR- Engineering 
    • CWCR- Creative Wrt & Wrt: Pef Art-PD/LR 

    How do I submit my medical exemption request? 
    Log in to the patient portal, click on “downloadable forms,” go to medical exemption request and click the download button. Take the form to your medical provider to complete and sign. Once completed upload the form under the “downloadable forms” options. 
    Medical exemption requests are approved by the Medical Director and clearance is given by immunization staff. You will receive a secure message in the patient portal once your medical exemption has been approved. You can review the exemption in your medical clearances.

  • Immunizations: MMR, Varicella, Tdap and Meningococcal
    MMR

    What if I received individual doses of Measles, Mumps or Rubella? 
    This is sufficient as long as you have received each AFTER your first birthday and TWO vaccines of each at least one month apart. 

    I received the first dose of MMR before my first birthday, what should I do? 
    You can either receive titers as proof of immunity or receive an additional vaccine. 

    Varicella

    I received the first dose of Varicella before my first birthday, what should I do? 
    You can receive an additional Varicella vaccine, or complete titers that show proof of positive immunity. Titer lab reports of values must be uploaded. 

    If I had the chicken pox disease does that clear me for the Varicella requirement? 
    No, you will need to have positive titers completed as proof of immunity for Varicella. History of the disease is not sufficient. 

    Tdap

    I received Td/DTap/DTP does this satisfy the requirement? 
    No, you will need to receive Tdap on or after the age of 7. 

    Do you allow titers for Tdap?
    No, we are not accepting titers, only the vaccine given on or after the age of 7.

    I received Tdap before my seventh birthday, does this count? 
    No, you will need to receive an additional vaccine of Tdap to satisfy the requirement. 

    Meningococcal ACYW– Students between the ages of 16-21 years of age

    I received Meningococcal B, Trumenba or Bexsero, does this satisfy the requirement?
    No, you must receive Meningococcal ACYW, also known as Menactra or Menveo to satisfy this requirement. This applies for students between the ages of 16-21. 

    Do you allow titers for Meningococcal? 
    No, we are not accepting titers, only the vaccine given on or after the age of 16. 

    I received the Meningococcal vaccine before my sixteenth birthday, does this count? 
    No, you will need to receive an additional vaccine of the Meningococcal ACYW vaccine to satisfy the requirement. 
     

  • Tuberculosis Testing

    Is the TB Screening Questions required? 
    Yes, you are required to answer the TB screening questions in the patient portal. 

    I think I made an error on my TB Risk Screening Questionnaire? 
    You must send a secure message in the patient portal to the Immunization Mandate Staff to reset your questions. 

    I completed a TB test/ chest x-ray previously does this satisfy the requirement? 
    All TB tests and chest x-rays must be completed within 12 months of your first attendance date at UCR when submitted. If your test is older than 12 months you will need to complete another test. 

    What if I had the BCG vaccine? 
    You will need to submit a T-SPOT or QuantiFERON-TB Gold test to meet the requirement. Tests must be completed within 12 months of your UCR first attendance date when submitted. Please follow the instructions for section B on the TB clearance form for prior history of BCG. 

    What if I had a prior positive TB test? 
    If you had prior treatment for TB please submit your treatment documentation. If you had a recent positive TB skin test or QuantiFERON or T-Spot test, and do not wish to have treatment, your medical provider must sign the statement on section 3 regarding your declination of treatment on the UCR TB clearance form found in the patient portal under “downloadable forms.” Discussion on next steps will need to be done with your medical provider. 

    Where can I check if I am compliant for the TB requirements/ if TB testing is required? 
    Log into the patient portal and click on the option “Medical Clearances.” Tuberculosis testing will be indicated by a “Compliant” in green or “Non-compliant” in red. 

    To check if TB testing is required, you must have completed the TB screening questions:
    After completing the TB screening questions, if further testing is required, you will be taken immediately to the Further Action Necessary page. Only ONE TB test is required with a negative result.
     

Immunization Mandate Forms

The Tuberculosis (TB) Medical Clearance Form can be downloaded and used as treatment verification for those who had a positive TB test. 

Students with medical exemptions to the required vaccinations must have their medical provider complete and sign the Medical Exemption Request form which can be found under “Downloadable Forms” in the patient portal.