UCI Health begins giving the first COVID-19 vaccinations to its frontline healthcare providers.

Protecting Your Health

At UCI Health, our primary goal is to protect the health of our patients, their families and our healthcare workers while delivering world-class care at our medical center in the City of Orange and all community locations.

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we have implemented preventive daily screening for COVID-19 of all our physicians and other healthcare providers, staff members and patients and adhere to local and state guidelines. UCI Health also offers a COVID-19 recovery program to treat long-term effects experienced by as many as 30% of people after their initial illness.

To further help protect the health of the community, UCI Health has administered more than 120,000 doses of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to people in Orange County — and we want to ensure the rest of the community has access to the vaccine.

Schedule your vaccination

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to patients and community members ages 12 and up, including a third vaccine dose for certain people, and may be scheduled at the following locations: 

You can schedule your first, second, booster or third dose of the vaccine with UCI Health through MyChart or by calling 714-456-7002. 

Booster shots

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster shot at least six months or more after their initial series. 

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

In addition, eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, while others may prefer to receive a different booster. The CDC's recommendations now allow for this type of "mix and match" dosing for booster shots.

Who needs a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?

Currently, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and take medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or take medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition, and whether getting an addition dose is appropriate for you. 

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines ›
(COVID-19: Información de la vacuna ›)

Preparing for your appointment

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled visit. 
  • Bring your government-issued photo ID and insurance card. 
  • Do not take over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) before your vaccination; it can make the vaccine less effective. 
  • If you're scheduling for the second or third dose, or the booster shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, you will need to provide proof of the first shot you received. 

What to expect after the vaccination

  • Flu-like symptoms for a few days after vaccination are common and indicate that your body's natural immune system is responding. 
  • If your symptoms after the vaccination make you uncomfortable, you may use over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) as needed. 

View our post-vaccination information sheet 

COVID-19 vaccine record

The State of California has a digital vaccine record portal. To obtain a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record, visit myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

COVID-19 recovery

The UCI Health COVID Recovery Service at UCI Health outpatient offices in Tustin and Costa Mesa provide patients with a comprehensive evaluation, referral to specialists, follow-up care and monitoring throughout the course of the patient’s recovery.

  • Make an appointment by calling 949-386-5101.

Visiting the hospital

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health’s state order, visitors are required to meet one of the two requirements before visiting UCI Medical Center:

  1. Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before the visit OR
  2. Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours (same day) before visiting UCI Medical Center. Test results must list the visitor's name and the time and date of testing to be considered valid. Home tests without verification of who was tested will not be accepted. 

All visitors must wear a mask at all times while inside any UCI Health location and should stay home if they are experiencing any cold, flu or COVID-like symptoms. 

COVID-19 testing

UCI Health offers screening and testing for COVID-19. Learn more about these services ›