SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego State University says it has been approved by the state to start vaccinating its student and faculty populations for COVID-19.
SDSU said that 300 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the campus' Student Health Services (SHS) on Tuesday, and the university has submitted requests for additional shipments.
The school will begin providing vaccines this week to members of the campus community who fall within California's current phases for vaccine distribution, including those faculty, staff, and students in those eligible phases. Those recipients will be notified via phone call and email in the next two days with instructions on how to make an appointment.
"We have lost too many lives and too many have become ill due to this virus. These are actual people who had lives and who mattered to someone, and a growing number of us know someone who has been directly impacted by the virus. Getting vaccinated when your time comes will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe," a release from the school read.
As more vaccines become available, the school will update the campus community via email or text message, and online.
For those who attend the campus and are eligible for a vaccine, but unable to schedule an appointment, the university recommended seeking out a vaccine through healthcare providers, the county, or retail pharmacies where available.
Currently, California has only approved Phase 1A (healthcare workers and congregate living facility residents) and the first tier of Phase 1B (individuals 65 and older and those in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture sectors) to receive the coronavirus vaccine.