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March 3, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Vaccinating Campus Employees

In accordance with State of California guidelines for vaccine eligibility, UC San Diego’s RIMAC Vaccination Super Station is vaccinating UC San Diego employees including faculty, staff and postdoctoral researchers. We are prepared to administer vaccines as quickly as possible, contingent upon the allocation provided to UC San Diego Health. 

Pandemic Testing Success

UC San Diego has increased COVID-19 testing by 98 percent compared to fall quarter, completing 100,000 tests in the first two months of winter quarter. Regular testing has kept the student positivity rate at a low 0.1 percent, compared to the County’s average of 5 percent.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Support Group

Students who are currently isolating or in quarantine are invited to a support group led by CAPS, “Covid Connection: Alone Together.” The sessions will happen from 2-3 p.m. on Fridays during weeks 8-10 of winter quarter. 

Your Vaccination Questions Answered

Question: Can you provide clarity on the vaccination roll out plan?
Answer: UC San Diego Health began by vaccinating frontline essential employees, such as emergency response personnel, housing and dining workers and other essential employees who have been working on campus on a regular basis throughout the pandemic. 

UC San Diego’s RIMAC Vaccination Super Station is now vaccinating all UC San Diego employees including faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers. We are prepared to administer vaccines as quickly as possible, contingent upon the allocation provided to UC San Diego Health. As soon as you receive a personal invitation to schedule your vaccination appointment through MyUCSDChart, you can schedule your appointment online.
Question: Why didn't I get a vaccination invite yet?
Answer: We are vaccinating employees as soon as we are able, based upon vaccine supply. Employees will be contacted through email and MyChart when supply is available.  

As an employee of UC San Diego, you are also eligible to obtain your vaccine through your health provider, the County or any affiliated pharmacy or other entity authorized to provide vaccine. Please go here for more information
Question: Why did I get an invitation but no scheduling ticket in MyChart?
Answer: Please make sure you are logging into MyChart or MyStudentChart by clicking on the blue button that says “Click to sign in with UCSD AD login” and using your Active Directory (AD) credentials. The scheduling ticket will only appear in your employee or student-linked account. If you still do not see the scheduling ticket, please email us at and we will look into this for you.
Question: What should I do if I am having trouble scheduling my second dose appointment? 
Answer: Due to limited supply, appointments have been restricted for future dates. At this time, please check back regularly in MyChart to find the most up-to-date appointment availability. You shouldn't get your second (booster) dose earlier than the recommended interval but delaying the second dose by a few days or even weeks is okay if you have scheduling conflicts or if appointments are not available.
Question: Are there any concerns if my second dose is delayed?
Answer: Based on clinical trials data, the first dose of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines provide a strong immune response approximately two weeks after inoculation. This strong protection persists for at least four to six weeks, and likely longer.

Infectious disease researchers and physicians at UC San Diego Health and UC San Diego School of Medicine, with many other experts across the country, do not believe a delay in the recommended second dose beyond the 42-day interval negatively affects vaccination protection. In fact, experience with other vaccines indicates that boosting the initial immune response is even more effective when there is a longer interval between first and second doses. 

The original three-week and four-week intervals were used during clinical trials and recommended by Pfizer and Moderna based on an urgent need to generate data for U.S. Food and Drug Administration review, and to accelerate availability of vaccines during this pandemic.
Question: Can my family members be vaccinated?
Answer: UC San Diego Health is unable to vaccinate anyone who is not eligible for the vaccine. We encourage your family members to seek out vaccination through other providers, including the County and/or their healthcare provider
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