UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Jan. 5 - Jan. 31 booster deadline, gift card drawing

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Fiat Lux: Sunbeams break through mist in Aldrich Park. Photo by Ian Parker

Fiat Lux: Sunbeams break through mist in Aldrich Park. Photo by Ian Parker


Students, staff and faculty are required to get a booster as soon as they are eligible.

Reminder: Get your COVID-19 vaccination booster by Jan. 31 if you are eligible

UC policy requires that students, staff and faculty keep their COVID-19 vaccination status up-to-date. This includes boosters for those who are eligible. You are eligible for a booster if it is at least six months past your second dose of the Moderna vaccine, five months past your second dose of Pfizer or two months past your Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This means if your last dose of:

  • Moderna was on or before July 31, or 

  • Pfizer was on or before Aug. 31, or 

  • Johnson & Johnson was on or before Nov. 30,

you are currently eligible for a booster dose, and you are required to get boosted and need to upload proof of booster vaccination by no later than Jan. 31. Those who become eligible after Jan. 31 must be boosted and upload their documentation no more than 15 days after they are eligible. Visit UCI Forward for more information about boosters. If you have questions, contact UCI’s COVID-19 Response Center at 949-824-9918 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or covid19@uci.edu.

Prize drawing deadline nears for those who received boosters

Get boosted and upload your verification by Friday, Jan. 7, to be entered into a drawing for one of 100 $50 Amazon gift cards that will be given away.

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

UCI research could lead to new treatments and potential cures for blindness 

In collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, UCI researchers have revealed for the first time key structural determinants of the highly specialized rod outer segment membrane architecture of the eye, which is instrumental to vision. Their study, published in eLife, provides “insight into how the viability of the retina is compromised by diseases, like retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease,” according to corresponding author Krzysztof Palczewki, Donald Bren Professor of ophthalmology.


What is ‘flurona’?

As omicron surges, coronavirus and influenza co-infections have been detected in the U.S., Israel, Brazil, the Philippines and Hungary. Doctors have long been concerned about the potential impact of a "twindemic.”

Free COVID tests available in Orange County

County Supervisor Katrina Foley maintains that tests are available; it’s just a matter of getting the information into the public’s hands. Tests can be requested at ochealthinfo.com/COVIDtest or by calling the county’s COVID-19 hotline Monday through Friday at 714-834-2000.


Constructing History: the Inka and Spanish Empires through the Archaeology of the Huarochirí Manuscript (circa 1608) Humanities Core Talk
Friday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

COVID case counts may be losing importance amid omicron

Associated Press, Jan. 4
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health & disease prevention

Prenatal genetic testing often wrong

Fox News (video), Jan. 4
Guest: Pamela Flodman, associate adjunct professor of pediatrics and director of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

Virus-based sensor detects bladder cancer markers in urine

C&En News, Dec. 21
Cited: Reginald M. Penner, associate dean and Chancellor’s Professor of chemistry,  and Gregory A. Weiss, professor of chemistry


UCI Counseling Center: Need some support? We’re a phone call away! We have Teletherapy! 949-824-6457

UCI Counseling Center: Need some support? We’re a phone call away! We have Teletherapy! 949-824-6457 Instagram/ucicounselingct

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


364 new campus cases

Forty-six employees and 318 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.