Massmail: COVID-19 Vaccination Expectations for the Fall 2021 Semester

As you may have read in this message from President Tim Killeen, the University of Illinois System is moving into this next phase of the pandemic with a requirement that students at all three campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield) receive a complete course of COVID-19 vaccines before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.

At this time, there are no plans to require the COVID-19 vaccine for faculty and staff. However, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated will have to continue to wear face coverings and participate in the COVID-19 testing program.

View the message to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Massmail: Verified COVID-19 vaccination records now active to replace testing

Starting Monday, June 21, if the Safer Illinois app shows your vaccination record as verified, you will no longer be required to submit a saliva sample regularly for compliance and building access. Please read the messages below for more information and directions for submitting your vaccination information through the McKinley Health Center for verification.

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Massmail: IDPH Phase 5 impacts

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that the State of Illinois will move into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan tomorrow, Friday, June 11. View this massmail to students, faculty and staff to read about what this will mean for our university community.

Massmail: On-campus vaccines for students

There are COVID-19 appointments available on campus and in our community. We encourage you to be vaccinated if and when you are able to do so. If you are already vaccinated against COVID-19, we encourage you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal to be ready for the Fall 2021 semester if not vaccinated on campus. See more information here. We also acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

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Massmail: SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing now offered at no cost to community members

Testing for University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign families and households will now be free at the State Farm Center testing site through SHIELD CU. This change is part of a partnership effort that will make the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 saliva test more widely available and free to community members.

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Massmail: New CDC Guidance and Changes to Campus COVID-19 Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated that it will be revising state guidance to align with these changes.

As the State of Illinois moves towards the anticipated June 11 transition to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID-response, many of our own COVID-19 rules and policies will remain in place.

At this point, all students, faculty and staff who live in University Housing or are participating in any on-campus activities are still required to be up-to-date on their on-campus COVID-19 testing. This is currently in place even for people who are fully vaccinated. As previously announced, this will change for the Fall 2021 semester

View immediate university changes in this message to students, faculty and staff.

Massmail: Vaccine appointments available to anyone 12 years of age or older

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are COVID-19 appointments available in our community for individuals 12-15. Anyone 12 years of age or older is now able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available to individuals age 18 and older. Parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 18.

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Massmail: IDPH Bridge to Phase 5 impacts

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced that the State of Illinois will move from Phase 4 to a Bridge to Phase 5 (Bridge Phase) on Friday, May 14. The biggest implication of this new guidance for the university community is that this expands capacity for events and spaces.

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Massmail: Vaccine appointments for this week

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are COVID-19 appointments available in our community, and all faculty, staff and students are eligible.

Please note mandatory testing requirements are still in place even for individuals who are fully vaccinated. A verified Vaccination Record Card will not be used to replace mandatory COVID-19 testing until the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.

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Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (Week of May 3)

I am so very grateful for your efforts this past year as we worked together to maximize the safety of our university community. This will be my last weekly COVID-19 update message of the academic year. During the summer, we will plan to communicate with our university community directly as new announcements arise. Please feel free to direct any COVID-19 questions to covidwellness@illinois.edu.

We are updating Summer 2021 on-campus testing locations and hours.

Beckman, CRCE, Illini Union and State Farm Center testing locations will be open for Summer 2021 with updated hours beginning May 17. View the testing locations page for the full list of hours.

We are sharing study locations for students.

Study spaces will be available from Reading Day on Thursday, May 6 through the end of Final Exam Week on Friday, May 14.  

We are sharing information about updated university travel guidelines for faculty and staff.

The university is issuing new travel guidelines based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Illinois.

We are encouraging members of the community to be vaccinated if and when they are able to do so. 

All University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students are now eligible for vaccine appointments. You can also use vaccinefinder.org to look for available appointments nearby. If possible, you are encouraged to return to the same location for your second dose. But if that is not possible, you will be able to get your second dose at any state mass vaccination site.

We are encouraging you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal if you are fully vaccinated.

The university plans to use verified proof of vaccination to replace regular COVID-19 testing for compliance and building access for Fall 2021. Until this goes into effect, all university COVID-19 testing requirements will remain.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Jones

Chancellor