IN BRIEF: Booster Clinic, Plus HDT’s Weekend Testing and Home Test Kits



  • UC Davis LIVE: Watch video of Friday’s program
  • Booster shots, on campus, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Healthy Davis Together’s new testing schedules
  • HDT joins Yolo County to distribute home test kits



Watch the Jan. 14 edition of UC Davis Live (above), with guests Aimee Sisson, Yolo County public health officer, and Lorena Garcia, professor of epidemiology in the UC Davis School of Medicine and chair of the Graduate Group in Epidemiology. Her research focuses on health disparities and social determinants of health.

2-day vaccine booster clinic

Yolo County Public Health is administering COVID-19 booster shots — Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — during a two-day clinic on campus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Wednesday (Jan. 18 and 19). Note: For people over 18 who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as their initial shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

Appointments for both days were still available in the state’s My Turn system as of this morning. Enter the zip code 95616 and look for the clinics labeled “Drive-Thru UC Davis 1/18” and “Drive-Thru UC Davis 1/19.” Location is Parking Lot 1 behind the Gateway Parking Structure off Old Davis Road. My Turn gives the address as 611 Hilgard Lane.

And, while the clinics are labeled “drive-thru,” people also are welcome to bike thru or walk thru.

Under a UC systemwide mandate, booster shots are required for all students, staff and faculty by Jan. 31 — or, if you are not eligible by that date, within 14 days after your date of eligibility, which is generally two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or five months after receiving your second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. (Approved vaccine exceptions also apply to the booster.)

If you previously allowed UC Davis to fetch your vaccination information from the state’s database, check to make sure your booster has been recorded in Health-e-Messaging. Otherwise, upload the information yourself. Find more information here.

Please note that you are expected to get a booster shot even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19. The CDC recommends waiting until you meet all requirements to end your isolation before getting a booster.

HDT offers 7-day-a-week testing

Healthy Davis Together’s testing program is now available seven days a week, after schedules were adjusted last weekend.

UC Davis employees and students are welcome as “walk-ins,” that is, no appointment needed, at three HDT testing sites: Research Park (Davis), now open Sunday through Thursday; and Veterans Memorial Center (Davis) and West Sacramento City Hall, both open Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to identify yourself as a UC Davis employee or student so that HDT will deliver your test results to the Health-e-Messaging portal.

Here are the new hours for all four HDT sites:

  • HDT at Research Park, 1632 Da Vinci Court in south Davis —8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (closed for lunch, 12:45-1:30 p.m.)
  • Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland — 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (closed for lunch, 12:45-1:30 p.m.). Note: Norton Hall will be closed for testing on Wednesday (Jan. 19) due to a previous commitment for the space.
  • Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis — 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (closed for lunch, 12:45-1:30 p.m.) and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (closed for lunch, 12:45-1:30 p.m.) and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

All four sites continue to offer saliva-based testing for people with or without symptoms, and for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. At most sites, symptomatic tests are conducted outdoors and may be postponed or end early due to weather or other unexpected circumstances.

Appointments are recommended but walk-ins also are welcome. The sites will have different lines based on whether or not testers have appointments, symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.

Results of the saliva-based tests are available within one to three days, and Healthy Davis Together advises people to check their results in the secure HDT portal upon being notified they are available. Clinical staff no longer calls people who test positive. Notification will be provided along with additional information on isolation and quarantine through the secure portal.

Home test kits

Yolo County Public Health announced it will distribute free home antigen tests at three locations this week, to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last seven days. You will need to provide proof: a PCR result from a lab, as shown on your cellphone or tablet; or an image of your home test, name and date of test.

Distribution details:

Also, the federal government is preparing to send, for free, four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to every household that asks for them. Requests are being taken online — the site went live today (Jan. 18), a day early. The tests will come by U.S. mail, with the Postal Service saying shipments will start going out in late January.

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Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556,; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932,

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