University of California San Diego Offers COVID-19 Testing Via Vending Machines

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Photo of a COVID-19 test

The University of California (UC) San Diego reopened for the winter term this week with several vending machines across campus that contain free coronavirus test kits. 

The self-administered tests can be returned to a dropbox within 72-hours of getting the kit. Through a cell phone or mobile device, students can download the UC San Diego app and the MyChart app to get COVID-19 results directly.

Students who frequent the campus in-person are required to participate in free asymptomatic testing on a weekly basis, according to the school’s website. If students are noncompliant with coronavirus testing for more than 16 days they will face discipline through the Student Conduct Office.

“All undergraduate and graduate students have access to free symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health,” the UC San Diego website states. “Our strategy for testing is adaptive; we will adjust our risk-based frequency strategy on who we test and how frequently we test based on the viral activity we find during our ongoing monitoring.”

The vending machines are available from Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.