Dear SDSU students,

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that, beginning April 15, all those who are aged 16 and over will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All SDSU students are encouraged to sign up as soon as you are able, and are welcome to sign up to be vaccinated on campus at Viejas Arena.

You have many choices when seeking an appointment after April 15:

  • You can select an appointment and get vaccinated directly on campus at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. Vaccines appointments are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • You can request an appointment through any county site, to include the County of San Diego and Imperial County sites.

  • You can contact your primary care physician or other health care provider.

  • You can sign up for an appointment at any of the dozens of clinics, pharmacies or one of the stores offering vaccines, including Ralphs, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and CVS.

Get Vaccinated to Get Caffeinated

If you upload a copy of your vaccination card through the HealtheConnect portal after April 15 you will automatically be entered to win a $50 Starbucks gift card! One hundred students will be randomly selected to be awarded each month.

Getting vaccinated helps everyone contribute to a safer campus and community, and protects both you and your family. And, once you're fully vaccinated, you can resume many of the activities you had stopped during the pandemic, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, while still taking certain safety precautions in public places. For details, see When You've Been Fully Vaccinated on the CDC website.

More Vaccines are On the Way

Even as we see vaccine supply expand this month, public health officials have shared that it may take several months for all those willing to be vaccinated to complete treatment. Given the size of the San Diego and SDSU community, we also expect it may take through early summer for our full student community to receive appointments. While we encourage everyone to have patience, we are also committed to expanding appointment access to the vaccine at Viejas and at Student Health Services everyday.

In announcing the expanded vaccine eligibility, Gov. Newsom said: “With vaccine supply increasing, and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter.” As we look to fall, we look forward to safely expanding our in-person activities and reintroducing many of the traditions that create and sustain community wholeness.

Broad vaccination across our community helps to ensure this will be possible.

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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