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July 21, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

UC Vaccination Requirement

The University of California recently approved a policy that requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. Individuals must show proof of vaccination two weeks before they are expected to be on campus for the fall term. Guidelines for how the policy will be implemented are being finalized and are expected to be issued soon.

Feeling Unwell?

If you experience any unexplained or new symptoms, please stay home until you feel better—even if you are vaccinated. As a reminder, all students and employees are still eligible for free COVID-19 tests via campus vending machines. Four new locations have just launched, including Jacobs School of Engineering, Gilman Parking Structure, Coast Apartments and North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.

On the Move: Parking Updates

  • New parking structure: The new Scholars Parking Structure at North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood brings 1,200 parking spaces to the parking system, a net increase of more than 300 spaces—including real-time parking availability information and guidance to available spaces starting fall quarter. 
  • Flexible parking options: Transportation Services offers flexible parking options that allow you to pay only for parking on the days that you come to campus. Faculty, staff and students can use the Park Mobile App to purchase their A, B or S daily parking. Learn more about transportation during the Return to Campus.
  • Your questions answered: During the June 30 Staff Town Hall, Executive Director of Transportation Services Josh Kavanagh shared updates and answered questions—view the recording (see 49:25).
  • Be in-the-know: For ongoing information about changes to parking lots and the transportation services that you use most, sign up for First to Know email notifications.

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty and Research Town Hall

Tuesday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Students—Come Say "Hey!"

As the fall quarter nears and we prepare for a full return to campus, Student Retention and Success invites new and continuing students to connect with peers, chat with faculty and staff and deepen academic, personal, and social connections at UC San Diego through a series of fun monthly events.
Student Picnic
July 27 | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Sixth College East Lawn 

Connect to Academics
Aug 26 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Price Center Plaza

Welcome Social
Sept 16 | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Price Center Plaza


Your Questions Answered

Question: What should I know about the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of SARS-CoV-2?
Answer: The Delta variant was first detected in the United States in March 2021. It was initially identified in India in December 2020. These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on healthcare resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
So far, studies suggest that the current authorized vaccines work on the circulating variants. Scientists will continue to study these and other variants. To learn more, visit the CDC website.
Question: Why is it important to get vaccinated?
Answer: COVID-19 vaccinations are an important way to protect yourself and your family. In the short term, you can keep those who are older and who have other underlying conditions from becoming severely ill and potentially hospitalized.
In the longer term, vaccines reduce viral replication in the community. The more people who become infected, the greater the risk of additional variants developing. And variants can weaken the strength of vaccines, resulting in a need for constant updates and refinements. It is critical to prevent the virus from spreading and replicating in the first place.
Question: Do any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States shed or release any of their components?
Answer: No. Vaccine shedding is the term used to describe the release or discharge of any of the vaccine components in or outside of the body. Vaccine shedding can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus. None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus. mRNA and viral vector vaccines are the two types of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines available.
Learn more about mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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