Dear SDSU Imperial Valley community,

You should have received the campus message below indicating that San Diego County has updated its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility requirements, and that all SDSU employees in the county are now eligible for vaccines.

With this message, we provide information specific to our situation in Imperial County.

Imperial County has also recently begun to vaccinate residents who work in the education sector, which includes our faculty and staff. We are working closely with the Imperial County Public Health Department to facilitate vaccination for our employees as their county supply allows, though vaccine availability continues to be limited at this time.

As SDSU employees, those of us in Imperial County are also able to access vaccinations through SDSU’s Student Health Services (SHS) in San Diego as more vaccines become available. Appointments at SHS are prioritized for employees who have been working on campus since March 2020, including those who have been working at SDSU Imperial Valley. Those SDSU Imperial Valley employees who have been working on-site will receive additional communication from SHS directly in the upcoming days.

As SHS receives more vaccines over the coming weeks, we will further expand appointment access to SDSU Imperial Valley and San Diego faculty and staff who have not been on-site, to ensure access for those who may not yet have been vaccinated through their provider or a County location.

If transportation to SHS is a barrier at that time, please email [email protected] and we can arrange for shuttle transportation from the Imperial Valley Calexico campus to SHS and back.

As the nation's access to vaccines is expected to increase, and state and county eligibility is updated, we urge all members of our community to be attentive to state and county COVID-19 eligibility tiers.

We encourage all eligible members of our Imperial Valley community to get vaccinated through the pathway that is accessible to you, to include one of the Imperial County vaccination sites which are now open, or through your healthcare provider.

As the university has shared, several options exist for those eligible and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. It will be most common for state-wide community members to get vaccinated at clinics, pharmacies, and by their primary care physicians.

The ongoing vaccine rollout is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to share updates and information as the state and our county share more details.

Gregorio Ponce, Ed.D.
SDSU Imperial Valley Dean

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director


Dear SDSU community,

We are pleased to share that, yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced that the county will be moving into the expanded Phase 1B, Tier 1. This tier includes those in the following sectors: emergency services; childcare and education; and food and agriculture.

All SDSU faculty and staff, and all current student employees, regardless of their age, will now be eligible to be vaccinated in San Diego County. This includes employees of SDSU’s auxiliary organizations, including the SDSU Research Foundation, Aztec Shops, Associated Students, and The Campanile Foundation.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who announced the updated guidelines, shared that as a result of this expansion approximately 500,000 new San Diegians will be eligible. As a result, Fletcher cautioned that demand still far exceeds vaccine supply, and that it may take several weeks for all within this category to receive appointments to be vaccinated through their providers or through a San Diego County vaccination site.

How to Get Vaccinated

Several options exist, and most people will be vaccinated at local clinics, pharmacies, and by their primary care physicians. We encourage all eligible members of our community to get vaccinated through any pathway accessible to you, whether through one of the County of San Diego vaccination sites, Imperial County vaccination sites, or your healthcare provider. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 27, you may begin seeking appointments through any of these options.

You should not be asked to pay for a vaccine no matter where you get vaccinated. As you have questions about the vaccine and your specific medical situation, speak with a healthcare provider.

On the day of your appointment, regardless of the vaccination location, bring your photo ID and proof of eligibility with you. For faculty and staff, including students who are employed, either your SDSUid card (with your RedID) or a past pay stub are accepted forms of proof of eligibility.

Vaccines Offered on Campus

As we have previously shared, Student Health Services (SHS) is approved by the State of California to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible faculty, staff and students. However, the vaccine supply allocated to SHS is currently limited. SDSU is committed to ensuring a fair and equitable process for COVID-19 vaccines for campus community members based on state- and county-approved eligibility.

The national vaccine supply is expected to expand, and SDSU will continue to request vaccines to offer expanded vaccine access directly on campus. Today, the university has received a new shipment of 300 more doses. This new shipment follows the initial 300 doses allocated, all of which have been administered.

SHS will begin administering the second shipment of doses to eligible campus community members beginning tomorrow, Feb. 26. SHS will prioritize vaccine appointments for those SDSU and SDSU Imperial County employees, including student employees, who have been working on campus since March 2020 as well as those who have currently scheduled appointments for second doses. A separate invitation email will be sent directly to eligible individuals based on vaccine availability. The email will include instructions on how to make an appointment.

Important: Appointments are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (first or second dose) at SHS.

Please check your official SDSU email address frequently, as this is how we will share additional information and updates about changes in the state and county’s eligibility guidelines and vaccine availability.

We also remind all community members to sign up for SDSU emergency alerts online, as text is another way we may communicate updates to you when you become eligible.

Additional Vaccination Information

More information about SDSU’s vaccination plan, along with COVID-19 testing information, is online: You can also learn more about the Moderna vaccine, proven to be 95% effective, by visiting the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s dedicated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

Again, we encourage you to speak with your primary care physician or other medical provider for more information.

Prevention Practices are Important

While the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be highly effective in virus protection, it is important, as a collective community, we continue general prevention practices. These crucial practices include wearing a facial covering, remaining physically distanced from those outside of your immediate household and frequently washing our hands.

The vaccine eligibility for our faculty and staff coincides with a painful milestone: the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic and state stay-at-home orders. We remind our community that our university offers counseling, virtual exercise groups, virtual support for employees and also emergency funds for students. Please continue to rely on these and other support services as you need them.

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

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

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President


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