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Question: What is the purpose of the new daily emails indicating potential workplace exposure locations?
: UC San Diego employees are now receiving a daily email with the subject line, “Required Daily Notification of Potential Workplace Exposure Locations.” When UC San Diego receives notice that an individual infected with COVID‐19 was present at a UC San Diego worksite, the impacted locations are shared on the UC San Diego COVID Daily Dashboard
. The university is required to notify employees daily about potential exposures, in accordance with California law.
Question: Who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
Two COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — are available for adults in the U.S. Both are given in two doses, approximately 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines are about 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness for COVID-19 within a few weeks of receiving both doses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more details, see Vaccine FAQs
Question: Am I immediately protected from COVID-19 after vaccination?
Answer: No. Data from the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials show that protection from COVID-19 appears to begin approximately two weeks after the first injection. While protection was seen after the first shot, it is strongly recommended that everyone complete the two-dose regimen to fully boost immunity and stronger, longer lasting protection. Going forward, the timing between the first and second shots may change, based on new findings, but for now it's recommended to get the two shots according to each vaccine's schedule.