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HEALTH, SAFETY, AND OTHER COVID-19 IMPACTS FAQS

 (LAST UPDATE/REVIEW: 08/16/2021)

Vaccine Mandate Requirements

Will UC San Diego require students to be fully vaccinated in Fall 2021?

Yes. The University of California recently approved a policy that requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 6, 2021. More information about the vaccine and how to comply can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Which vaccines will be accepted to fulfill this requirement?

UC San Diego will accept WHO approved vaccines. Additionally, UC San Diego will make “booster” shots available to any students who may have received vaccines that are not as potent or that do not protect against strains circulating in the fall. There are no known negative health risks to additional vaccinations. UC San Diego anticipates that, in fact, booster shots may be required for all vaccinees as immunity wanes and as the virus evolves.

What documentation will UC San Diego accept to fulfill this requirement?

Guidance on what documentation is accepted is outlined on the vaccine mandate compliance site. To document proof of vaccination, please visit this site and follow the steps accordingly.

I took a non-WHO approved vaccine. Will I have to take the booster or take two doses to fulfill the vaccine requirement?

A non-WHO approved vaccine will not meet the mandate requirement.  Depending on what vaccine you received, Student Health Services (SHS) will provide guidance on next steps for clinical care and to meet the mandate.  Email studentcovidmandate@health.ucsd.edu for further guidance.

If students have a choice between getting vaccinations in their home country or delaying until they arrive in the U.S., what is UC San Diego's recommendation?

UC San Diego encourages its students to take advantage of vaccines which are available in their home country rather than delaying until arrival at UC San Diego. 

I do not have access to vaccines in my home country. I will arrive in the U.S. after the September 6 deadline to meet the vaccine requirement. Will I be dropped from classes? What do I need to do to extend the deadline until my arrival in the U.S.?

Students should submit a request created for this situation called “International Students Unable to Access Vaccine” no later than September 2, 2021 so that they are time-stamped to meet the September 6, 2021 deadline. Please refer to the Exceptions and Deferrals page on the Return to Learn site with instructions on how to submit this. You have an 8-week time limit to get vaccinated at UC San Diego after arrival or you will be out of compliance with the mandate.

 While awaiting full vaccination you will need to follow the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (masking and testing) for unvaccinated individuals. You will be able to attend classes. Visit the Vaccination Access site for information regarding process for obtaining a vaccination at UC San Diego.

If I do not have access to vaccines in my home country, what is the process for getting the vaccine when I arrive at UC San Diego?

UC San Diego students will have access to free vaccination in the fall term. UC San Diego will provide vaccinations to students who arrive who are not yet vaccinated. 

Students should submit a request created for this situation called “International Students Unable to Access Vaccine” no later than September 2, 2021 so that they are time-stamped to meet the September 6, 2021 deadline. Please refer to the Exceptions and Deferrals page on the Return to Learn site with instructions on how to submit this. You have an 8-week time limit to get vaccinated at UC San Diego after arrival or you will be out of compliance with the mandate.

 While awaiting full vaccination you will need to follow the Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (masking and testing) for unvaccinated individuals. You will be able to attend classes. Visit the Vaccination Access site for information regarding process for obtaining a vaccination at UC San Diego.

If I cannot arrive in FA21 due to visa/travel delays and will take only remote classes, will I still be required to fulfill the COVID-19 vaccine requirement? What is the site to verify that the vaccine offered in my home country is WHO approved?

You will need to comply with the mandate before returning to campus.

 All World Health Organization-approved vaccinations meet the UC vaccine mandate requirement. “Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after the completion of any series of WHO-approved vaccines. Student Health Services (SHS) will provide international students and visiting scholars with individualized guidance if they have not completed their vaccine series or require additional clinical guidance.

I am under the age of 18. Do my parents need to consent to my vaccine in person at UC San Diego?

If you are under the age of 18, you do not need to have your parent(s) onsite at UC San Diego to consent to your COVID-19 vaccine; however, they do need to be available by phone to provide consent.

I missed the TB screening deadline of July 28. How do I fulfill this requirement?

All incoming students are required to complete a TB Risk Screening Questionnaire. Please begin this process early to avoid delays or enrollment issues. Students are still asked to complete this even after the deadline has passed.

Health and Safety

Will I be required to quarantine when I arrive in San Diego?

A 14-day quarantine after international travel is currently not required by UC San Diego; however, self-monitoring for symptoms as well as daily screening measures are in place. Depending on where you will be living this year, see the following guidance on what to be aware of:

For information on interstate or international travel quarantine or sequestration requirements for those residing on campus: 

For information on interstate or international travel quarantine or sequestration requirements for those residing off campus: 

What steps are UCSD taking to protect its students from the virus when classes begin in person again in Fall 2021?

UC San Diego will support the health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty in fall 2021 in accordance with the public health guidelines from the county and the state. The appropriate services and support mechanisms (e.g., vaccination, daily symptom screening, on-arrival testing, asymptomatic testing, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine housing, wastewater monitoring, outdoor classrooms, compliance protocols, and cleaning services) will continue to be provided as necessary.  For more information on UC San Diego’s protocols, visit the Return to Learn website.

What services does Student Health offer regarding COVID-19?

  • Regardless of the type of insurance you have (UC SHIP or otherwise), Student Health services for COVID-19 care are available to all students.  
  • If students have symptoms of COVID-19 whether they live on or off campus, we encourage you to come to SHS for COVID-19 testing at no cost (again, regardless of insurance). Parking is free and convenient, directly in front of SHS. 
  • If a student knows that they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or the student has been informed by a health official that they have been exposed, please call Student Health Services at 858-534-3300 for clinical guidance and next steps, including testing.  
  • If students need to show a negative COVID test to travel and reenter their home country, Student Health Services is available to conduct the test. To schedule, students should call 858-543-3300. NOTE: There is a small administrative fee for COVID testing for travel clearance purposes. 

I am a continuing student who has returned home to take my classes online. Do I still have to pay UCSHIP?

Students leaving the U.S. are still required to have health insurance if you will remain a registered student.  You can file a health fee waiver if you have insurance that meets the waiver requirements. If you don't have insurance that meets the waiver requirements, you are still required to have SHIP and pay for it as part of the registration fees. Students are able to file a health fee waiver online via your Triton Link by the stated deadlines each quarter.  Your insurance will still be required to be valid and provide coverage for all UCOP waiver criteria elements.

I am feeling really anxious due to the immigration difficulties, travel restrictions and pandemic concerns. Is there someone I can talk to?

Yes, if you are experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety and would like to access counseling services, there are resources available. Please call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 858-534-3755 or make an appointment to meet with their counselors. Counseling may be available in your native language if that is your preference. 

My parents have not been able to work since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am concerned about whether I will have enough money for my studies at UC San Diego.

If you are a continuing student experiencing economic hardship, please come speak with an International Student Advisor at ISPO as soon as possible to discuss your options. 

If you find yourself in need of emergency funding (not for tuition purposes), the following may be available to you: 

  • UC San Diego Emergency Fund Program
  • If you are experiencing immediate food insecurity, international students may apply for ISPO’s iTable Program that includes a combination of grocery store gift cards, Triton Cash Cards, and International Café vouchers.In addition, the Triton Food Bank is available. Some low cost food options on campus include the Student Co-op, Friday Café at the Great Hall ($5). You can also use an appthat shows where there is free food on campus. 

I feel discriminated against or stigmatized due to misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Who can I turn to for help?

UC San Diego values the cultural diversity of faculty, staff and students and is dedicated to fostering the best possible working and learning environment for our global community. Our principles of community are vital to the core mission of our university. If you feel discriminated against based upon your race, color, ethnicity or national origin, you can report it to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination. 

Other

I am planning to study abroad. Has my program been cancelled?

Please contact the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming study abroad program plans for 2021-2022.