Dear SDSU Students,

As we continue through the summer months, our plans for a return to an in-person fall 2021 are well underway. With this message, we are glad to share updated guidance that will allow vaccinated individuals to safely unmask in many spaces per updated California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) guidance, if they have proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine on file with the university.

Complete Today: Vaccine Card Upload for Vaccinated Students

For students who are fully vaccinated and would like to take advantage of this update to facial covering protocols for vaccinated individuals, you must upload a copy of your vaccination card through HealtheConnect, the university‚Äôs secure online health portal, by following these instructions.

Students who are fully vaccinated (with a two-dose vaccine or a single dose vaccine) and who have uploaded their vaccination records

  • Are not required to wear facial coverings on campus in non-instructional settings.

  • Vaccinated students must still wear facial coverings in all instructional settings, including classrooms and instructional labs, whether indoors or outdoors, as well as the SDSU Library. Vaccinated faculty, teaching assistants, and interpreters may remove facial coverings when teaching as long as students are masked in the classroom.

  • Please note, those who are vaccinated may choose to continue to wear facial coverings. 

Students who are NOT vaccinated or who have NOT yet uploaded their vaccination records

  • Students who are not vaccinated must continue to wear facial coverings while indoors and when outdoors and unable to maintain six feet distance from others.

The full updated facial covering policy is available here.

County Testing, Vaccination Sites at SDSU Closed; Other Options Available

We are grateful for the continued partnership of San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). As of June 30, the county COVID-19 testing site at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, which began operating in September, and a vaccination site at Viejas Arena, which opened in March, are now closed. The closures are part of a countywide transition to public health sites.

Though the county-operated locations at SDSU are now closed, several options for COVID-19 vaccines and testing remain available. Beginning in late August, we will have a number of vending machines located at various locations at both SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley that will contain COVID-19 tests at no cost. Students can continue to visit Student Health Services for testing. You can also visit both the County of San Diego and Imperial County sites for more information about how and where to get vaccinated.

In Closing

As guidance is reviewed and updated, we will continue to provide timely information to our campus community. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please email [email protected]. At all times, this guidance will be informed by state and local public health recommendations, and by the science itself. Vaccination continues to be the single most effective tool to protect health and safety.

As a reminder to all members of our community, you can find more information about our reopening plans and support services online:

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Agnes Wong Nickerson, MBA
Interim Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity


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