COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations at HSU

February 5, 2021 - 3:23pm

COVID-19 testing is currently available to all Humboldt State University students at the Student Health Center and, starting this month, will be available to all employees (including auxiliary personnel). The University has also been working with Humboldt County Public Health to begin planning vaccinations for employees.

There is no specific start date for HSU employee vaccinations at this time. However, please keep in mind that vaccination plans depend on the number of doses available to the county and can change quickly. Although not mandatory, COVID-19 vaccinations and testing are strongly encouraged.

Additional information about testing and vaccinations (such as start dates, locations, scheduling appointments, and vaccinations for students) will be provided as soon as more details are available. 

Testing
Starting this month, HSU is working with HealthQuest to administer free COVID-19 tests on campus for all HSU staff, faculty, and auxiliary employees. An HSU ID will be required and HealthQuest will bill insurance directly, so no payment is needed. More information will be shared about the testing location and schedule soon.

Free testing is currently available at the Student Health Center to all students who live on- or off-campus. Students can call (707) 826-3146 to make an appointment for a test.

All students living on campus will be tested at move-in and again 7-10 days later. Residents will be contacted directly by Housing about setting up appointments for tests. Athletes will be tested regularly according to NCAA and County Public Health protocols. 


Vaccinations
The early stage of Phase 1B—the second of three phases of the state’s vaccination rollout plan—is now underway in Humboldt County. Employees in the education sector, which includes higher education, are among the groups prioritized by the state and Humboldt County Public Health to receive the vaccine in this phase. See Humboldt County’s list of vaccine prioritizations. 

The University is currently working with County Public Health on plans to administer the vaccine to all HSU staff, faculty, and employees (including student employees and auxiliary employees) who are interested in receiving the vaccine when available. The University plans to administer vaccinations to students when allowable based on state and county prioritization and vaccine availability.

In addition, all Humboldt County residents who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can now submit their contact information through an online interest form to be notified when doses are available for their tier. The form takes about two minutes to complete. Fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest form and read more about the COVID-19 vaccine from the CDC.

 

Remember: Stay Healthy and Safe
It’s critically important to remain vigilant about protecting yourself and others from spreading illness. The county remains in the purple tier, which means community risk is considered widespread.

Please continue to follow basic health and safety precautions (i.e., wear a face covering, practice social distancing, etc.), don’t forget to do a daily wellness self-check before coming to campus, and follow these guidelines if you fail your wellness check.

Go to Campus Ready for comprehensive information about HSU pandemic planning, preparedness, and operations. 

Find more information about the county’s COVID-19 vaccine planning on the 

Humboldt County Public Health website.

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