Dear Jillian Anderson,

This fall, all students, faculty and staff across the California State University system will be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to attend in-person instruction, activities, research or participate in events. Anyone who will be physically on campus must be vaccinated before the start of the semester.

We are so proud to report that more than 50% of our students have already reported their vaccination information. For those who are not yet vaccinated, you have multiple options, below:

Visit Viejas Arena to get a COVID-19 vaccine, no appointment needed. The site is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This week, students who are vaccinated at the Arena will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and the chance to win other giveaways from Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Additionally, when you upload your vaccination record to HealtheConnect, you have the chance to receive an additional $50 Starbucks gift card.

Why is this so important?

 
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1. By getting vaccinated, you can protect yourself, your loved ones, your peers, and your faculty and staff from COVID-19. Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health. If you have specific questions, talk to your doctor or other health care provider.

 
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2. Vaccines are safe and effective. The COVID-19 vaccines have all been tested and monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both the FDA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track the safety of all licensed vaccines, and found that they are safe. Mild vaccine side effects are common, and generally go away within hours or a few days. The most common side effects include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given. Severe side effects are very rare.

 
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3. Vaccines can lower your chance of getting certain diseases and work with your body’s natural defenses to help develop an immunity against the disease. Getting vaccinated, then, helps to lower your chance of getting sick. Vaccines also help lower your chance of spreading disease.

We know you have a busy life and many responsibilities. And, with the state and nation reopening, there is much to enjoy this summer. Do not wait to get vaccinated. The sooner you get vaccinated the faster you will be able to enjoy the many activities we have all missed during the past year.

You can learn more about ways to get vaccinated at Viejas Arena, and elsewhere, by visiting the SDSU COVID-19 site.

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
SDSU Student Health Services Director

 
 

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