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February 3, 2021
The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide the campus community with important updates and recent news related to the Return to Learn program. If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the program, please email

In Case You Missed It

UC San Diego Health to Open Campus Vaccination Site

On Monday, Feb. 8, UC San Diego Health will open a new COVID-19 vaccination station at the RIMAC Center on campus. The site will primarily serve vaccination-eligible UC San Diego Health patients as well as UC San Diego faculty and staff.

Coming Soon: Campus ID Needed for COVID Vending Machines

Students and campus employees will soon be required to swipe their campus ID card when picking up a self-administered test kit from a vending machine. For those who need a card replacement, please see:

Use AD Credentials for MyChart 

Students and employees receive their COVID test results through MyStudentChart (students) and MyChart (campus employees). Please login using your Active Directory (AD) credentials rather than using the “Guest Login” or a previous username. This will prevent duplication of records.

No Test Results? Don’t Forget to Scan Your Test Vial

You will not receive your test results if you don't scan your test barcode. Once you open your self-administered test kit, you must scan the test tube barcode to connect it to your specific medical record at UC San Diego. To do so, open the UC San Diego app, select “Scan Your COVID-19 Test Kit,” scan the vial, wait for the message “Scan Submitted” and confirm the numbers match. 

Reach Out: Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on all of us. If you feel that you're struggling to cope and it is affecting your ability to fulfill daily responsibilities, it may be time to reach out. Both students and campus employees are able to schedule confidential, no-cost virtual appointments with a counselor.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1:30 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.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Who is eligible to be vaccinated at the new RIMAC vaccination site?
Answer: The RIMAC site will serve eligible UC San Diego Health patients, as well as eligible UC San Diego employees and community members. Currently students are not yet eligible. Eligibility is determined by guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health, County of San Diego and other agencies. You can see all of the state’s guidelines at

At this time, the RIMAC vaccination site is only open to vaccine-eligible UC San Diego Health patients and UC San Diego faculty and staff. Should demand and vaccine availability increase, the site may expand to members of the public who are not UC San Diego Health patients or university employees. Read more FAQs about the campus vaccination site.
Question: How does CA Notify work, and is my privacy protected?
Answer: CA Notify uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange random codes with the phones of others who have opted in without revealing any information about the users. If another CA Notify user you have been near in the last two weeks tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their unique, anonymous verification code to the app, you will get an anonymous notification that you have potentially been exposed.
CA Notify is designed to protect user privacy and security – it doesn't collect device location to detect exposures and doesn't share your identity to other users. Learn more about CA Notify.
Question: After I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?
Answer: Yes. We will continue wearing masks to keep ourselves and everyone safe, including many who haven't yet been or cannot be vaccinated. In addition, we should continue to follow social distancing, hand hygiene guidelines and all other recommendations and requirements from public health agencies.
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