Your Questions Answered
Question: I read that the vending machines will soon require individuals to swipe a campus ID in order to pick up a self-administered test kit. If I lost or do not have a campus ID, how do I order a replacement?
Question: Who is eligible to receive a vaccine at the new COVID-19 vaccination station located at the Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC) at UC San Diego?
As we prepare for the next phases of vaccine distribution as allowed by San Diego County, we are using state tiers with additional County restrictions applied, and are reviewing and prioritizing individuals in our campus community using many criteria, including exposure risk, job requirements, and health equity considerations. Based on the County order, the new RIMAC site will initially serve vaccination-eligible UC San Diego Health patients and essential faculty and staff. UC San Diego students may be eligible for vaccination based on criteria related to campus employment. Learn more about the new RIMAC vaccination site
Question: How do COVID-19 vaccines work? Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccines?
: The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine teaches the body’s cells to make a harmless piece of a “spike protein” found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Once the protein piece is made and displayed on the cell’s surface, our body’s immune system recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and activates an immune response by producing antibodies. Then, if we are exposed to the virus later, our bodies are already prepared to fight it and help prevent us from getting sick.
The COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccine that does not use any form of the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine itself cannot give you COVID-19. Learn more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)