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SDSU COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Programs

Student Health Services offers a range of medical services to support SDSU students, including services for COVID-19. 

Those seeking a COVID-19 vaccines and boosters should contact their medical provider or visit a local pharmacy.

Vaccination Requirement

San Diego State University strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is not required for students, faculty, or staff. To review the university’s current requirements for students, please visit the SDSU Immunization website

All SDSU community members are encouraged to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.  Community members who are unsure of their current vaccination status or recommendations for additional vaccination should contact their medical provider for guidance.  

County-Operated Testing Site 

Information is available online about other county-run testing locations in San Diego County and Imperial County

COVID-19 Test Locations - San Diego

San Diego State University students, faculty and staff (including auxiliary employees with RedIDs) are able to access self-administered PCR (molecular) COVID-19 test kits at the Calpulli Center during business hours at no cost. Submitted COVID-19 tests will not be analyzed if the individual is not a student or employee in SDSU’s database. 

SDSU community members can purchase rapid COVID-19 test kits at the Student Health Services Pharmacy during business hours.

To complete the test, follow the instructions in the Self-Collect section below.

COVID-19 Test Locations - Imperial Valley

  • To access no cost  testing, please follow these steps:
    Email the Imperial Valley Student Health Services (IVSHS) team at [email protected] and include your name, REDID number, and indicate that you are requesting a referral for COVID-19 testing.
  • The IVSHS team will send you a referral form and testing voucher that will allow you to access COVID-19 testing at the Calexico Wellness Center (CWC) at no cost to you.
  • To get tested, go to the CWC during their normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow directions to their COVID testing location, which is located at the back of their practice and call the office (760-270-9126) to advise them you have arrived for COVID testing.
  • Provide the CWC team with your referral and voucher. The team will collect your COVID-19 test and notify you of your results.

Self-Collected Testing

Instructions for Administering and Submitting COVID-19 Tests for Analysis

    • Sanitize your hands open the swab packaging.
    • Insert the swab into your nose and rotate the swab around your nostril three times and then hold for 15 seconds against the inside of your nostril.
    • Repeat on the other nostril with the same swab.
    • Uncap the tube and place the swab into the vial. Be sure to insert with the swab facing down into the tube. 
    • Recap the tube, ensuring that the lid is fully tightened.
    • Note: The test must be returned within a 24 hour period.
  2. LOG ON TO HealtheConnect
    • Use your SDSU ID to log into your account and navigate to the “COVID Self-Test” tab at the top of the page. 

COVID Self Test Button


    • Scan the barcode on your test tube using your phone or type the barcode number into the text box. 
    • Once you see the barcode text in the field on HealtheConnect, ensure it matches your barcode, and then hit the “Submit” button.
    • You will then see that your test has been added with the order status of “Lab Request Made.”

COVID Lab Results



    • Monitor your HealtheConnect for messages about your lab results in one to three days.


    • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer after depositing your test. 

COVID-19 Medical Care

For students who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are having ongoing medical issues, Student Health Services can provide support and care. Please call us at 619-594-4325 for an appointment or telephonic consultation.

Employees should seek care from their medical provider.

COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and should reach out to the following to secure an appointment:

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About the Current Vaccines, Why Get Vaccinated 

Safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 can help reduce the chances of contracting the disease. Current vaccines can help reduce the number of people infected and reduce the number of people who must seek medical attention. The vaccines may also reduce the long-term effects of COVID-19. Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information on available vaccines, safety, and frequently asked questions.