Dear SDSU community,

We are excited to announce that the County of San Diego has approved San Diego State University to host as a community-facing COVID-19 vaccination site at Viejas Arena. On Tuesday, March 23, the new county site will administer vaccines by appointment to those who are eligible.

We continue to strongly encourage those eligible to get vaccinated to consider all available community-based options for getting vaccinated, as most in California will get vaccinated through their primary care physicians, pharmacies, county sites and other community-based locations. The new county-operated site at Viejas Arena provides another option for vaccine access to general members of the public, including those who are underserved, as well as SDSU faculty, staff and students. It will also serve as an addition to the existing vaccinations Student Health Services have been offering, which have focused only on eligible members of the SDSU community.

County-Operated Vaccination Site Opening on Tuesday

Appointments at Viejas Arena will be available to individuals deemed eligible based on the county’s vaccination phases. The county site will operate Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More information is available on the county’s website.

While vaccine supply remains limited across the state, the county’s plan is to open the site offering 200 second doses the first day, with a plan to scale up to 750 first and second doses on the second day, dependent on vaccine supply. The county’s ultimate goal is to offer a total of 1,500 doses each day at Viejas Arena to members of our regional community.

Ongoing COVID-19 Testing at SDSU

Our university maintains a very successful COVID-19 Testing Program, one that has allowed our public health and epidemiology teams to actively monitor potential COVID-19 risk in real time and to create interventions as needed. This has allowed us to continue to see significantly low rates of COVID-19 within our on-campus community.

Student Health Services continues to offer testing for all students, including those in on-campus housing, taking in-person courses and engaged in university research, who are required to get regularly tested. Through our partnership with the county, testing offered at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center also remains available to all faculty and staff, and also members of the general public.

Looking Ahead

It has been through the skill of our scientific and research communities and through the resilience of communities like our own that our future is changing. We look toward a future in which we can reconnect in person to celebrate one another and honor our traditions in ways we have desired since March 2020.

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

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President

 
 

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