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 or third dose of the vaccine with UCI Health through MyChart or by calling 714-456-7002. 

Who needs a third COVID-19 vaccine dose?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends people who have been previously vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and who meet certain criteria to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to be taken at least six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Below are the CDC guidelines for who qualifies. Patients will be asked to confirm they meet the criteria: 

  • People aged 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
  • People aged 18 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18 and older who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings such as healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, etc.

In August, the CDC recommended an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. Below are the CDC guidelines for who qualifies: 

  • At least 28 days should have passed since the person received their second dose (for either Moderna or Pfizer)
  • Are receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant within the past two years or take medicine to to suppress their immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Have active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response

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 dose 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 (CDPH) state order, effective Aug. 11, 2021, visitors will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to visiting UCI Medical Center and Emergency Department. 

All visitors must wear a mask at all times when visiting 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 ›