Students experience long lines for flu shots at Tang Center

photo of flu shot lines at Tang Center
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Students experience long waits at the Tang Center for flu shots. Drop-in flu vaccinations are held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on days offered, and the process can be expedited by submitting the immunization consent form on the eTang portal.

UC Berkeley students report long lines for flu shots offered by the Tang Center after the University of California issued the flu vaccine mandate in October. 
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Tang Center with sign that reads New Insurance Carrier

How UC Berkeley students can navigate health care insurance changes

The unfortunate reality is that SHIP claims — aka use and cost to the plan — have increased annually for the last three years. The result of those rising claim costs is that SHIP premiums have to increase to account for them. This reality was evident throughout all the health insurance bids the campus received.
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Three worried students in front of the Tang center

UC Berkeley must inform, actively support students in light of disruptive SHIP changes

CAMPUS ISSUES: On health care, the campus must recognize the impact that rising costs have on already marginalized students

The changes to SHIP coverage in the fall may be inevitable — so the campus must inform students about possible disruptions in coverage, rather than releasing dismissive press releases. If UC Berkeley truly values the health and wellbeing of every student, it must actively support students through the large and frustrating changes that next year will bring.
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