The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. On July 31, 2020, the University of California issued an executive order announcing that all faculty and staff working at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine this fall. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all persons aged 6 months and older are recommended for annual influenza (flu) vaccination, with rare exception. Consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions regarding which influenza vaccines are best for you and your family, if you have had a reaction to the flu vaccine before, or may have a severe egg allergy. Learn more about who the vaccine is recommended for, and who should not get it at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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UC-wide Mandate

The current COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the upcoming 2020-21 flu season even more critical to help protect the health of our campus community, including students, staff and academics. A reduction in the number of influenza cases preserves valuable health care resources to prevent and treat COVID-19.

On July 31, 2020, the University of California issued an executive order announcing that all students, faculty and staff living, learning, or working at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine this fall. The deadline for vaccination or submitting a medical exemption is Nov. 1, 2020.

Learn more about the Flu Vaccination Requirement at UC Davis including UC-wide Q&A documents for both students and employees.
Learn about other Campus Ready Updates, which includes information for Students and Families, Academics and Staff, and Worksite Planners. The website also features a COVID-19 Campus Resources Map, and links to the Chancellor’s weekly messages and UC Davis Coronavirus Updates.

UC Davis Health Employees

UC Davis Health employees have an annual flu vaccination requirement. See the schedule of free flu clinics for Health employees, as well as details on requesting exemptions in a Sept. 8 News Release on InsideOutThe deadline for vaccination or submitting a medical exemption is Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Please refer to the InsideOut news release to learn how to submit proof of vaccination if you receive your vaccine elsewhere, or how request an exemption.

UC Davis Campus and Area Employees

This season, there are a few opportunities to get vaccinated here at the UC Davis campus:

For Fire Department, Police Department, Student Health and Counseling Services employees, and those directly involved in flu-research at the Primate Center – Occupational Health Services has directly reached out to your departments to schedule your flu vaccine visits.

Students and Student Employees – if you have UC SHIP insurance, call the Student Health and Wellness Center Appointment Desk to schedule an appointment for the flu shot. Local Davis pharmacies (CVSCVS at Target, and Rite Aid) also provide free flu shots for students with UC SHIP insurance. Call ahead to confirm. No appointment needed!

Staff and Academics — you are encouraged to access flu vaccinations through your health providers or find a pharmacy or clinic in your local area through You may also schedule an appointment during a 5-week flu clinic extended through Oct. 30 on the UC Davis Campus. 

New: Submit your proof of vaccination via the Daily Symptom Screening survey at only once, starting Friday, Oct. 16. Find more information on how to submit proof of vaccination or medical exemptions via the Human Resources webpage. Proof of vaccination or medical exemption must be submitted before Sunday, Nov. 1. 

Flu Vaccine Clinics on the UC Davis Campus

Together, Student Health and Counseling Services and Occupational Health have coordinated a 5-week flu clinic at the ARC Pavilion (Davis Campus). Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Friday, Oct. 30. On select days, there will be early and late appointments starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

Schedule an appointment through the Student Health and Counseling Services Health E-messaging Portal. If you are accessing the portal for the first time, you will need to enter your Kerberos username and passphrase. Scroll down to the Campus Ready section, then click on Get your flu shot to complete the registration process. A step-by-step guide is available to view. For further assistance, contact Student Health and Counseling at (530) 752-2300.

On the day of your appointment, use the ADA accessible ramp to the Northeast Entrance of the ARC Pavilion. When you enter the building, check in at the registration desk. You will be asked to present your Daily Symptom Survey results and complete a paper consent form.

    • You must have an appointment
    • Open only to CURRENT UC Davis staff, faculty, and student employees
    • You must be 18 years or older

Flu Vaccines with Your Healthcare Provider

What if I cannot go to these flu clinics? Check with your healthcare provider for their flu clinic times. These shots are free to members. They will often hold weekend clinics as well as extended hour clinics during this time of year. 

Kaiser Permanente – sort by flu clinic location and find the day and time most convenient for you. Or, call 1-800-573-5811 for flu updates. 
UC Davis Health – patients can self-schedule their appointment via MyUCDavisHealth, or call their primary care clinic to schedule. 
UC Blue & Gold – find your provider or a local pharmacy today to inquire about flu shots.
UC Care – see Anthem's preventive care guidelines and then contact your provider to confirm. 

Flu Vaccines in Your Area

Find a local pharmacy or clinic in your area through Call ahead to see if your insurance is accepted. 

Yolo County Residents: As of October 1, 2020, Yolo County is hosting free flu vaccination clinics to help all residents and families ‘Fight the Flu’ this Fall. For an updated list of flu clinics and see flyers in English and Spanish, visit: Additional clinics may be added.

Sacramento County Residents: The Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program is offering free adult and family clinics in various locations. For an updated list of flu clinics and flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Russian and Vietnamese, visit the Immunization Assistance Program website

Flu Prevention Tips

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are everyday actions that you can take to stop the spread of germs and illnesses like the flu: 

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 
  2. When you are sick, if possible, stay home and avoid running errands, going to work or school. 
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 
  4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. 

Learn more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and find PDF flyers (available in multiple languages) to post at your workplace or school.