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March 24, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Vaccination Options

We are vaccinating employees as soon as we are able, based upon vaccine supply. We are encouraging all eligible individuals to seek the most immediate vaccination opportunity, which can include your personal health care provider, a San Diego County vaccination site or a local pharmacy. 

Campus Employees: Submit Workplace Ideas

Campus employees are invited to take part in an IdeaWave campaign to share ideas about what a reimagined university workplace might look like. The initiative focuses on flexible work in order to meet the diverse operational needs of students, departments and academics. 

Students: Spring Break Staycation

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to take part in dozens of free campus events happening through March 28, hosted outdoors in small groups, in a hybrid format as well as fully virtual. The pilot program is intended to provide fun opportunities for students on campus without the need to travel to slow viral spread.

Reminder: First-Time Testers

For students and campus employees coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, you must schedule an appointment at the Price Center clinic or a drive-thru testing site. To do this, please use your AD credentials to login to MyStudentChart (students) or MyChart (campus employees). 

Upcoming Town Halls

Research Town Hall

Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.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.

Staff Town Hall | Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. 

Dr. Lucy Horton from UC San Diego Health speaks with ABC10 News about vaccines providing relief for long-covid sufferers

KGTV: "COVID Vaccine Provides Relief to Some Long-Haul Sufferers"

The COVID-19 vaccine may potentially serve as a therapy for people who suffer from long-haul symptoms. Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Lucy Horton, who runs UC San Diego's Post-COVID clinic, explains it is reassuring for patients to know that the vaccine may prevent symptoms from worsening and could potentially help them get better.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Does the intensity of an individual’s reaction to the vaccine reflect vaccine effectiveness?
Answer: While uncomfortable for some people, the “fire” in your arm following the COVID-19 vaccination — more commonly after the second dose of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna — represents the evidence of an immune response. “Germinal centers” are developing in lymph tissue to stimulate pre-existing as well as new B cell clones, which then generate high-affinity, broad, and durable antibodies for considerable immunity. It is a good burn like you might feel after a hard workout in a gym. We do not know whether the intensity of an individual’s symptoms exactly predicts the subsequent levels of antibodies and duration of protection.
Question: How does the COVID-19 vaccine affect women who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding?
Answer: Based on all the available data both in animals and in humans, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination impacts female (or male) fertility. For women who anticipate becoming pregnant in the very near future, the risk of actual COVID-19 infection during pregnancy is the major concern, since COVID-19 infection is significantly more dangerous for pregnant women compared to women the same age who are not pregnant, including the risk of preterm birth. These are risks that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine could prevent.
The CDC Control states that any of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines can be offered to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but vaccination remains a personal choice. 
Question: What has the impact of COVID-19 been on Hispanic communities?
Answer: The Latino population in the U.S. has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to whites, Latinos are more likely to become infected with COVID-19. They are also more likely to be hospitalized after contracting the virus and more likely to die from it. The greater rate of infection is attributable to factors such as the large number of Latinos who are essential workers and are thus at risk of exposure through their jobs, as well as household composition and the fact that Latinos are more likely to live in crowded housing conditions. A lower average socioeconomic status, lack of access to healthcare and a greater prevalence of underlying health conditions all contribute to complications of the disease, which leads to greater hospitalization and higher mortality rates.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, health disparities and vaccine skepticism, please visit the news story here.  
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