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Jan. 6 - Booster timing if you just had COVID; masking tips

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Anteater Time Machine: Respiratory therapist Vita Susin receives UCI’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot on Dec. 16, 2020. Photo by Carlos Puma

Anteater Time Machine: Respiratory therapist Vita Susin receives UCI’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot on Dec. 16, 2020. Photo by Carlos Puma

In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is fielded by Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of the Student Health Center:

If someone catches COVID-19 before receiving a booster shot, how long should they wait to get boosted after their symptoms end?

Wait two to four weeks after clearance from COVID and symptoms. This enables your body to completely recover from the infection and prepares your immune system to mount a strong response to the booster. For more booster FAQs, visit UCI Forward.


State beaches are “slowly starving,” says Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering.

State beaches are “slowly starving,” says Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering.

How sea level rise is already affecting California

Beach erosion and coastal flooding are creating headaches up and down the state and around the globe. UCI researchers have developed models that predict future flooding and enable policymakers to plan solutions.


Tips to improve your mask’s effectiveness

The state health department offers advice on how to get the best protection from your face covering. Fit is critical and not all masks are equally effective. N95s are the top choice; cloth masks are at the bottom.

Hopeful signs amid the omicron surge

A year ago, more than 80% of COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals were there because of severe illness associated with the disease. This year, about two-thirds of the hospital patients who have tested positive for the virus were admitted for something other than COVID-19, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many had no idea they were infected. Hospitals elsewhere report similar trends. Meanwhile, the chair of UCSF’s Department of Medicine explains to NPR why omicron’s milder symptoms and high contagiousness could unexpectedly push the U.S. into “good shape, maybe even great shape” in just six to eight weeks.

UC President Drake issues Jan. 6 anniversary statement

One year after the post-election riot in the nation’s Capitol, UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., released a statement saying, “We must recommit ourselves to doing everything we can to reinforce and promote our nation’s democratic values, and live up to our highest ideals of truth seeking, inclusion, and respect.”


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

How Much Does Online Therapy Cost, and Will Insurance Cover It?

Yahoo Money (Money), Jan. 5
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science

‘Extraordinary is no longer extraordinary’: US scientists on a year of climate disasters

The Guardian, Dec. 30
Cited: Kathleen Johnson, associate professor of Earth system science

How Does Your Pharmacy Make Sure You Get the Right COVID Vaccine Dose?

VeryWell Health, Jan. 3
Cited: Keri Hurley-Kim, assistant clinical professor of pharmaceutical sciences


224 new campus cases

Thirty-five employees and 189 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

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Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.