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August 12, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Indoor Meeting Guidance

New information is now available for those planning or attending indoor meetings on campus. There is no participant limit at this time. Further guidelines will be available soon about holding large-scale indoor and outdoor events.
  1. Every attendee must be masked.
  2. No attendee is required to provide proof of vaccination status.
  3. No drink or food is to be consumed at an indoor meeting.
  4. Participants, attendees and organizers include all categories of campus constituents: students, employees, guests, contractors and volunteers.
  5. Organizers should provide a remote meeting attendance option when hosting an in-person meeting. 

Testing and Vaccination Moved to Price Center East Ballroom

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination is now available at Price Center East Ballroom. All students, faculty and staff are eligible and should make an appointment before arriving. Self-administered test kits are also available at numerous vending machines across campus. Please have your campus ID to access the test kits. Learn more here if you need a new or replacement ID card.

International Student Travel

Current travel restrictions are still in place for travelers from certain countries. In addition, each U.S. embassy and consulate may have varying visa appointment interview availability and processing times. Be sure you are prepared with the required documentation for travel and re-entry into the U.S. by reviewing the International Students and Programs Office website on Traveling as an International Student.

Employees Vaccinated Off-Campus: Create a MyChart Account to Verify

If you received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine outside of UC San Diego Health you will need to create a MyChart account by visiting the MyChart login page. Please sign in using your employee Active Directory (AD) credentials and follow the steps outlined. After establishing your account, you will be able to upload verification of your vaccination per the instructions that can be found on the Vaccine Compliance page.

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty and Research Town Hall

Tuesday, Aug 24, at 2 p.m.

Staff Town Hall

Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.
UC San Diego student taking a wastewater sample to detect any COVID-19 cases on campus

Most of UC San Diego’s COVID-19 Cases Detected Early by Wastewater Screening

People infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are known to shed it in their stool, even if they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. Every morning, seven days a week, a team of students and staff from the School of Medicine collect sewage samples from 126 collection robots set up to monitor 350 buildings. This approach has enabled early detection of 85 percent of COVID-19 cases on the campus since the summer of 2020. Read the full story

Your Questions Answered

Question: What is the deadline to comply with the University of California COVID-19 vaccination policy?
Answer: Compliance with the University of California COVID-19 vaccination policy is required by Sept. 6, 2021, which is two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for the fall term. All campus members are required to be fully vaccinated, which is defined as two weeks after your final dose of vaccine, or have submitted and been approved for an exception or deferral.
Visit the Return to Learn webpage on Vaccine Mandate Compliance for step-by-step instructions on submitting your vaccine documentation as well as information about eligibility for exceptions and deferral
Question: Why is the University of California requiring vaccination against COVID-19 when the vaccines haven’t received full FDA approval?
Answer: UC arrived at this policy after reviewing the safety and efficacy of the three vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use, and after considering the severe risks presented by a virus that has killed more than 600,000 people in the United States alone as well as the rise of variants that are more transmissible and more virulent.
All COVID-19 vaccines offered under the FDA’s approval based on emergency use authorization (EUA)—or full approval by the FDA, as expected in the coming months—will satisfy the vaccination requirement.
Question: Does the University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Policy require vaccination for all students, or only those who participate in on-site activities?
Answer: The requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or to submit a request for exception or deferral) takes effect for all students as a condition of in-person access to UC locations or programs (even if not at a UC location, such as an athletics or study abroad program) by Sept. 6, 2021. The small number of students whose programs are primarily remote will still need to provide proof of full vaccination (or submit a request for exception or deferral) before returning to campus. 
The University continues to encourage all individuals to be vaccinated even if they will not be on-site this fall. Vaccination against the virus that causes COVID-19 is a critical step for protecting the health and safety of our communities and ending the pandemic. Learn more on the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy FAQ for Students.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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