New Students

Welcome to UC Davis!

In addition to the medical requirements outlined after this section, we wanted to highlight some important tips and resources for helping you get off to a healthy start as an Aggie!

All New UC Davis Students Must Fulfill the Following Health Requirements

Immunization Entrance Requirements for New Students

All incoming new, transfer and graduate students, including students in the Veterinary Medicine and School of Nursing programs, are required to meet the UC Immunization and TB Risk Screening requirement.

These include:

  • 2 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines, or positive titer for each disease
  • 2 Varicella vaccines
  • 1 Adult TDAP
  • 1 meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menomune, or Menveo)

Students become compliant with this requirement by entering their vaccination dates, uploading a copy of their immunization records, and completing the TB Risk Screening Questionnaire via Health-e-Messaging.

If you are found to be at higher risk for TB, your medical provider must complete the TB Health Assessment form. Once completed, it must be uploaded via Health-e-Messaging 

Have a question for our Immunization Nurse? Contact us via Health-e-Messaging using these step-by-step instructions

View the official University of California Immunization policy.

Any additional program specific requirements can be found in the program's student handbook/syllabus.

Students who have not provided evidence of the required vaccinations will not be able to complete their final registration without a Medical Exemption Request

  • Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations
  • It is very important that the doctor/nurse practitioner/physician assistant who cared for you at that time, document what happened to you when you had the problem with vaccination. If you had a true “allergic reaction,” then we will need to know which vaccination caused the problem, and whether you were able to become immune to that illness. You will need to complete a Medical Exemption Request, and submit to your campus health center. If they deny your request for an exemption, you have a right to appeal their decision by a UC wide panel. Read more about the Medical Exemption Policy.
  • Personal/Religious Belief Exceptions
  • No exceptions for entrance immunizations are provided on the basis of personal or religious beliefs. Only medical exemptions are allowed.
  • Why the University of California Requires Immunizations
  • There has been an increase in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses over the past five to ten years, and now many illnesses which we thought were disappearing are returning. Although many of these diseases are considered “mild," they can cause serious illness and death. Pertussis was responsible for hospital stays for hundreds of people in California during the past two years, including intensive care admissions and in a few cases, death. Recent outbreaks of measles also resulted in hospitalizations, and new cases of mumps across the country threaten the health and fertility of non-immune students.

    The University of California is following the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization Branch for Colleges and Universities. The current requirements reflect those in place on February 24, 2016. However, UC reserves the right to modify these requirements pending revisions to the recommendations by CDPH. Changes in CDPH's recommendations will be incorporated into the requirements affecting the incoming fall class each year. In general, these requirements pertain to those vaccine-preventable illnesses that can be spread by respiratory secretions (saliva, coughing, sneezing), and pose a risk to others who might become ill due to classroom or residential contact. These include: measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (Chickenpox), and meningitis, as well as screening for tuberculosis.


New School of Veterinary Medicine Student Requirements

Incoming students to the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) professional program should be aware of additional medical requirements required for participation in the DVM curriculum and veterinary teaching hospital activities.  More information about the rabies vaccination, health information release, and N95 mask fittings required throughout the program can be found at:

Students with questions about additional entrance requirements for the DVM program should contact the DVM Office of Admissions and Student Programs at

COVID-19 Vaccine Program

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the policy requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office.

For more information about how to comply with this mandate, please consult the Campus Ready Vaccination Program site.

  • How do I upload proof of my COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Instructions on how to upload proof of your COVID-19 vaccine through the Health-e-Messaging system can be found here.
  • Why are there two different immunization holds on my account?
  • A: The University of California Immunization Policy requirements, commonly referred to as Entrance Requirements correspond to the IZ hold. This hold will prevent you from registering for the term following your initial start term. For example, if you are an incoming student for fall 2022, your IZ hold will prevent you from registering for winter quarter classes in 2023 if you are not compliant for your entrance immunization requirements. The due date for compliance is entirely dependent on when you begin your first term, which is why there is no standard due date. 

    Unlike the IZ hold which applies to entering students, the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program applies to all students, and corresponds to the IN hold on your student account. The COVID vaccination requirement is a separate UCOP mandate and not part of the entrance immunization program. The IN hold is placed on your student registration record immediately after beginning your degree program. However, we recommend that you be vaccinated as soon as possible before you start classes, and as soon as you are able to log onto the SHCS patient portal, also known as Health-e-Messaging. There is no pre-defined due date for this requirement either because COVID vaccination eligibility dates can vary from person to person. 

  • Medical/Religious Belief Exceptions

  • You can request and secure an approved exception (based on medical, religious or disability grounds) or a deferral based on pregnancy. For more information about exceptions to the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, refer to Campus Ready.

Influenza Vaccination Information

Influenza vaccination is a seasonal mandate announced by the university. Please check Campus Ready for the latest updates about the flu vaccine requirements for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Is the flu vaccine an Entrance Requirement?
  • No. At this time, the flu vaccine is not required to meet your Entrance Requirements, and it will not prevent your IZ hold from being cleared.

    However, according to the "Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program" attachment within the UC Policy on Vaccination Programs, all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff are required to get vaccinated against influenza or opt out using a form supplied by their location after receiving information about flu vaccine by December 1, 2022.

    While the requirement applies to those who will be living, learning, or working on campus, all members of the campus community - and their families - are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccination.

    Please check Campus Ready for the latest updates about the flu vaccine requirements for the 2022-23 academic year.

Health Insurance

All UC Davis students are required to have health insurance. In order to satisfy this requirement, all students are automatically enrolled in the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP).

If you already have comparable insurance coverage, and do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you must apply for a UC SHIP waiver by the posted waiver deadline date

Approved waiver applications are only valid for the academic year in which they are submitted. A new waiver application is required to be submitted prior to the start of the new academic year.

The services at SHCS are available to all students, even if you waive enrollment in UC SHIP.