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Aug. 23 - Expired antigen tests, vaccines and social media

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New buildings in the College of Health Sciences bask in the afternoon glow. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

New buildings in the College of Health Sciences bask in the afternoon glow. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

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n 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 answered by David Souleles, director of the Campus Public Health Response Team:

My home antigen test expired before I could use it. What should I do with it?

If you have home antigen test kits that have expired, you can dispose of them in the trash; no special disposal is necessary. But first, if you have not already done so, check if the expiration date has been extended by the FDA on their website. Most kits are getting expiration date extensions.


Study identifies social media strategies on vaccine effectiveness and access

A team of researchers in the Program in Public Health conducted a four-month study to determine effective social media strategies for broadcasting narrative HPV vaccine intervention videos across three platforms: Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. Among the most effective strategies were segmenting videos and emphasizing specific vaccine messaging with captions or questions, using more hashtags, posting frequently during certain times of the day and on certain days of the week, and using tag-and-follow influencer strategies.

DTEI welcomes Wellness Specialist for faculty

Coming out of nearly two years of teaching during a pandemic, the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation knew that faculty were feeling overworked, stressed and burned out. So it worked to create the new Pedagogical Wellness Specialist position. The role has two main responsibilities: training faculty and instructors to create classroom environments that support student well-being, and supporting faculty and instructor well-being through advocacy, community building and fostering safe spaces that invite open communication.


OC Health Care Agency offers second monkeypox vaccine doses

To limit the spread of monkeypox in Orange County, the OC Health Care Agency will begin offering second dose vaccinations this week to individuals who received the first dose to complete the two-dose vaccination series. JYNNEOS vaccines are still in very short supply and are being offered to those at highest risk. Eligible residents needing their first dose can register at www.othena.com to join the virtual queue.


Managing Staff through Stressful Situations
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Integrative Approaches to Cancer Prevention and Pain Management
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge)

BPOCS Summer Showcase
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Humanities Center)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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.

Opinion: Free food for all California school kids, regardless of need, starting now

The Orange County Register, Aug. 21
Author: Greg J. Duncan, Distinguished Professor of education

California colleges open for fall term with relaxed Covid rules

EdSource, Aug. 23
Cited: David Souleles, public health response team director

Storms Expected To Continue Flooding Southern States For Days

Newsy (video), Aug. 22
Cited: David Feldman, professor of urban planning and public policy


UCI men’s soccer @UCImsoc tweets: “It’s nearly showtime! We need your support as we take on the #23 team in the country on the road!” The men’s soccer season opener is Thursday at UCLA.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


8 new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded eight new cases of COVID-19: seven students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.