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February 24, 2022

In Case You Missed It

This Friday: COVID Vaccine Booster Bonanza

Haven’t had a chance to get your booster? Students are invited to schedule an appointment or walk-in this Friday during a vaccination event that will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Price Center Ballroom East in conjunction with Triton Fest’s Camp Cozy. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available, and the first 200 students to vaccinate will receive a $5 voucher for Yogurt World.

Get Ready for Spring Break

Spring break is just three weeks away! As you begin to make plans–whether it involves a staycation in San Diego or traveling to see family and friends–please keep this guidance in mind:
  • Test before you go to make sure you’re safe to travel. See all campus testing options.
  • Check the requirements of the location you’re traveling to, especially if traveling internationally.
  • Have a contingency plan if you become ill. 
  • If traveling with family or friends, make sure everyone is being mindful of exposure and taking precautions.
  • Conduct a PCR test within 24 hours of returning to campus and on Day 5.

Indoor Dining: Available for Vaccinated Tritons

Indoor dining has resumed on campus. As a reminder, students and employees who are not fully vaccinated should eat outdoors while physically distanced from others or alone in a closed room or office. Fully vaccinated students and employees may remove masks while actively eating and drinking at campus eateries, at the employee’s workstation or in an employee break room. For those who are seeking vaccination, you can make an appointment here.

Boost for Bucks by March 1

There’s still time to take part in the Boost for Bucks program. In support of the health and well-being of all Tritons, any UC San Diego student who receives and documents their booster dose by March 1st will receive $10 in Triton Cash to be used at any campus vendor that accepts Triton Cash. Students who already have a documented booster will automatically receive the booster bucks.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Friday, Feb. 25  
10:30 a.m.

Tritons Care Feature

Woman walking on a beach

Stop stressful thoughts with this 5-minute grounding meditation

While your stress responses are uniquely yours, there is a universally supportive tool that can help you manage those reactions: grounding. Grounding means bringing your attention to where your body—particularly the feet—connects to the earth or surface below you. Grounding helps direct your attention away from a busy mind with its anxious thoughts and into the calm presence of the here and now. Learn more in the Tritons Care article.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Do COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility or other reproductive issues?
Answer: No. There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, can cause female or male fertility problems. There is no evidence that vaccine ingredients or antibodies developed following COVID-19 vaccination will cause any problems with becoming pregnant in the future. Similarly, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine affects puberty. Please visit the CDC webpage on COVID-19 vaccination and fertility to learn more.
Question: Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive on a viral test?
Answer: No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Please visit the Return to Learn Vaccination Information webpage to learn more about the vaccine.
Question: Are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines dangerous?
Answer: No. Nearly all the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are also ingredients in many foods – fats, sugars and salts.
Exact vaccine ingredients vary by manufacturer. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines also contain messenger RNA (mRNA) and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine contains a harmless version of a virus unrelated to the virus that causes COVID-19. These give instructions to cells in your body to create an immune response. This response helps protect you from getting sick with COVID-19 in the future. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work on the CDC website.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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