The University continues to monitor and respond to the ever-changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and working closely with local agencies such as the County of San Bernardino and Marin County departments of public health.
University-wide committees meet regularly to review the latest developments and shape the University's response, with the goal of prioritizing health and safety while fulfilling the University's mission to provide an engaging, personalized education.
We all want things to return to “normal” and to reach herd immunity. Our campus community can accelerate our path to normal by getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. There are many compelling reasons to go ahead and get vaccinated now:
Millions of people have safely received a vaccine for COVID-19. Read more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page “Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines.”
Immunization against COVID-19 will help protect you for the near future, but it’s still not clear how long the protection will last. Per the CDC, we do know that COVID-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. Experts are working to learn more about both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity.
Vaccine efficacy and “survival rates” are different measures and cannot be directly compared. The survival rate of a disease is the likelihood someone with the illness will survive it, even with severe disease and/or ongoing illness post-recovery (known as “long COVID”), which can affect people of all ages. The efficacy of a vaccine is the probability it will prevent someone from catching the disease in the first place.
Vaccination has many benefits, both for you and our community:
Read more at the CDC’s web page “Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.”
In fact, vaccines work to promote immunity. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by teaching your immune system to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19 and will protect most people from getting sick. A very small percentage of fully vaccinated people will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the COVID-19 virus (called “breakthrough cases”), but their cases are usually mild. If you are fully vaccinated, the risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 is much lower than among unvaccinated people with similar risk factors.
Vaccines for COVID-19 are currently being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. An EUA makes a product available quickly in public health emergencies, after data on safety and effectiveness from clinical trials has been submitted to the agency and manufacturing safety has been established. After an EUA is issued, the pharmaceutical company is expected to continue to monitor and collect data from clinical trials then request full approval, a process that usually takes several months. Both Pfizer and Moderna have now applied for full approval for their COVID-19 vaccines.
The known and potential benefits of a vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks before it is used EUA. Watch a video explaining an EUA.
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts believe your immunity will be stronger if you receive the vaccine, even if you have had the disease. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
While studies are ongoing, the CDC indicates that early data show that vaccination reduces the spread of COVID-19.