Coronavirus Update: New Test Information, Campus Vaccination Clinics – News


This post provides an update on Illinois State University’s Fall 2021 health and safety standards applicable to the college community for students, faculty, and staff. These health and safety standards are subject to change and are adopted as part of the University’s COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies, as recommended by the Higher Education Council of the Illinois (IBHE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers. for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For the most recent information on the University’s approach to COVID-19 and the Fall 2021 term, email [email protected] or visit the Coronavirus website.

Vaccination requirement
Students, faculty and staff who take courses and / or work on campus and / or on property owned or controlled by the University, are required to provide proof that they have received an approved COVID-19 vaccination. to Student Health Services (SHS). (See instructions below.) The University accepts vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn more about the campus vaccination clinics below and where to find supplemental vaccination sites.

Vaccination clinics on campus
The walk-in vaccination clinics on campus coordinated by Jewel-Osco will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., August 9 to 15 at the following locations on campus (Find a pdf of the map): 

  • Basketball court, Cardinal Court Community Center – open to all students, teachers and staff
  • Kong Room, Vrooman Center – open to all students, teachers and staff
  • Watterson Private Dining Room 1969 – holders of a residential meal plan and employees assigned to this location.
  • Linkins Private Dining Market – holders of a residential meal plan and employees assigned to this location.

Participants will have the choice between the Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer vaccine. Clinics for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be held September 7-9 on campus. Jewel-Osco will provide further information.

There is no charge for the vaccine, but insurance information will be collected, if available. Please have your information or insurance card ready. International students will be able to show their Redbird ID card or passport at the clinic to get vaccinated.

If you have any questions, contact the Jewel-Osco Pharmacy at (309) 663-6341.

COVID-19 testing requirement
As of August 9, 2021, several COVID-19 testing sites on campus will be available. Students and employees will receive an email with details regarding the testing program. Students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not provided Student Health Services (SHS) with proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly COVID-19 tests based on saliva on the campus provided by SHIELD Illinois.

Individuals must do a of the following to be in compliance with vaccination requirement and be exempt from the weekly test:

Specific information regarding the vaccination and testing requirements related to the college accommodation move-in process was emailed to students on campus on Friday, July 30. Students on campus should review this email before moving in.

Students, faculty, and staff who fail to comply with the testing requirements implemented as part of the University’s health and safety standards may be subject to the appropriate disciplinary process which could include penalties of up to suspension and / or dismissal / discharge / termination.

Specific information on SHIELD COVID-19 testing can be found on the coronavirus website, including information on scheduling a test, which should be completed before arriving at a testing center when possible to avoid potential delays in testing. Registration instructions are included on the coronavirus website. Learn more about SHIELD COVID-19 testing.

Students requiring accommodation can contact Student Access and Accommodation Services. Employees requiring accommodation can contact the Equal Opportunities and Access Office.

Test locations and times
Asymptomatic students who have not yet submitted their immunization record can take the test at one of the testing sites listed below. Asymptomatic employees who have not yet submitted their vaccination record should take the test at the location closest to their workplace. Find a pdf of the map.

Asymptomatic retirees, dependents and university volunteers can only take the tests in the activity room of the bowling and billiard center. The Old Fire Hall at 604 N. Adelaide St. will be a drop-in testing center for students, faculty and staff. There is a limited number of parking spaces near the property. Overflow parking is available in marked spaces at Cardinal Court from August 11 and on lot U-91 on August 11 and 12.

August 9 to 15:

  • Bowling and billiards center activity room: Mon-Wed, 8 am to 6 pm; Thu, 6 am-6pm; Fri, 5 am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-5pm
  • Redbird Hall at Redbird Arena: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat-Sun, 10 am-5pm
  • Old Fire Hall at 604 N. Adelaide St., Normal (this will be the drop-in testing site): Wednesday to Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-5pm

Provisional fall schedule starting August 16:

  • Bowling and billiards center activity room: Mon-Wed, 8 am to 6 pm; Thu 6 am-6pm; Fri 5 am-6pm
  • Redbird Hall at Redbird Arena: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rosa Parks Room in the Watterson Towers: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Shawnee Room at Tri Towers: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Escalante Room at Vrooman Center, Hewett / Manchester: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Old Fire Hall at 604 N. Adelaide St., Normal (this will be a drop-in test site): Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Students with symptoms related to COVID-19 or who believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services at (309) 438-7676 for instructions regarding quarantine and / or for schedule an initial screening and make an appointment. be tested. Symptomatic employees should follow the Guidelines for Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace.

Currently, people who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine) should not be tested unless they are showing symptoms or have been exposed. The CDC recommended on July 27, 2021 “that fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure be exempted from routine screening programs.” Learn more about the CDC’s guidelines for fully immunized people.

Face coverage requirement:
Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces to align with the updated CDC masking recommendations released on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The IBHE and IDPH fully support the CDC recommendations, which state that “everyone, including fully immunized people, wears a mask in indoor public places in areas of high and high transmission.

McLean County is currently designated as having “high” transmission by the CDC. Therefore, until further notice, face coverings are required for students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus, including laboratory schools, in all common interior spaces (classrooms, rooms conference rooms, corridors, toilets, break rooms, dining rooms, elevators, public spaces in residential living environments on campus, etc.).

Incentives for vaccination: 
Students who are registered for fall classes, who are fully immunized, and who upload their COVID-19 immunization information before the first day of class will be registered to earn one of the following incentives.

  • $ 1,000 scholarship (awarded to 100 students)
  • $ 100 in Flex Dollars added to the Redbird ID card (awarded to 75 students)

Winners will be notified to their Illinois State University email address the week of August 23. Learn more about the Immunization Incentive Program.

Why get vaccinated? 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are readily available throughout Illinois and the country. Current vaccines protect against variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Even if you have had COVID-19, vaccines provide additional protection against future COVID exposures.
  • Getting the vaccine protects against the spread of this disease and protects you and others from COVID, including the Delta variant. People who have been vaccinated are less likely to become seriously ill or to be hospitalized in the unlikely event that they contract COVID-19.
  • As the CDC said, “If you are fully immunized, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.” Find out more about what to expect when you are fully immunized.

Submission of vaccination records 

  • Students and employees must submit their vaccination recordas soon as possibleto the Secure Patient Health Portal by uploading an image of your COVID-19 vaccination registration card or COVID-19 immunization record provided by a healthcare provider. The same process can be followed to submit positive COVID-19 test results. Student health services are required to adhere to all privacy rules and regulations regarding medical information.
  • Students who have been vaccinated at an on-campus clinic already have a COVID-19 vaccination record on file with SHS and do not need to upload a COVID-19 vaccine record. However, employees who have been vaccinated at an on-campus vaccination clinic are encouraged to log into the Secure Patient Health Portal to ensure their records are on file. If the file is not on file, employees must upload a copy of their file. If the employee is not able to download the document, the employee can bring the record to human resources for assistance with the download.
  • Individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or two weeks after a single dose vaccine.
  • Student health services verify immunization records as they are received using information provided in government immunization databases.

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