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Get ready for the September 9, 2021 vaccination/exemption/deferral deadline
Get ready for the September 9, 2021 vaccination/exemption/deferral deadline
Dear Students: 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful UC Santa Barbara campus this fall! In preparation for in-person learning, we are writing to remind you of important next steps you must take to get ready for Fall 2021

As the Chancellor shared in his July 15 message (UC Systemwide COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Update), the University of California has issued its final COVID-19 vaccination policy. In accordance with the policy, all UCSB students must either provide proof of full vaccination or submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than September 9, 2021.

Getting Vaccinated
Deadline to be Fully Vaccinated: Thursday, September 9, 2021
If you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, NOW is the time to begin the process so that you will be fully vaccinated by the September 9th deadline.
Already vaccinated? Scroll down to How to Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record.
Need to request an exemption or deferral? Scroll down to Requesting an Exemption or Deferral.
If you are in California, you can find nearby vaccination appointments on My Turn. COVID-19 vaccinations also are available weekly by appointment at Student Health for students. (New students may make appointments to obtain COVID-19 vaccines now, even before their first academic term begins.)

If you are outside of California, please refer to or your local or state public health office for vaccination information. 

Remember: In order to be fully vaccinated by September 9, when you need to receive your first dose of the vaccine depends on which vaccine you are getting. Please plan ahead! Keep in mind that you may not be able to choose which vaccine you receive and supply in some areas may be limited. If possible, you should try to be fully vaccinated before the September 9, 2021, deadline. 
Table of vaccination timelines to be fully vaccinated by September 9 (start Moderna no later than July 29; start Pfizer no later than August 5; start J&J Janssen no later than August 26)
Note: If you are outside of the US, any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO) through an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) will satisfy the vaccination requirement. Please refer to manufacturer guidelines to determine how long it takes to be considered “fully vaccinated.” 

How to Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record
Deadline to Submit Your COVID-19 Vaccine Record: Thursday, September 9, 2021
If you received your COVID-19 vaccine at UCSB, you don’t need to take any further action. If you received it elsewhere, please follow these steps to upload your COVID-19 immunization record.
1. Log on to the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway
2. Choose "Medical Clearances" on the left
3. Find “COVID-19 Immunizations” and click "Update"
4. Take a picture of your vaccination card and upload the image
5. Confirm that your card image is clearly legible, then click "Looks Good" (click “Edit Image” to upload a new image)
6. Enter the dates and manufacturer of your immunization(s) and choose "done"
Click here for step-by-step instructions including graphics. 

Requesting an Exemption or Deferral
Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2021
The UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy allows Medical Exemptions, Disability Accommodations, or Religious Exceptions. Individuals who are pregnant may also request a deferral for the duration of the pregnancy. Those that receive a vaccine exception will be subject to special requirements such as increased surveillance testing. Forms and instructions are available on the Student Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
View UC SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy
View Student FAQs
If you have any questions about the policy or how to fulfill the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please review UCSB’s COVID-19 Vaccine information page or contact the UCSB COVID-19 Call Center at or (805) 893-3113. (The call center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.)

We hope you are having an enjoyable and productive summer and we look forward to seeing you this fall. We will be in touch with more information as the first day of the academic year gets closer. 


Margaret Klawunn
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Willie Brown
Associate Vice Chancellor 
Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises

Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health
Campus Physician 

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