Vaccines for COVID-19

At this time, the university does not control who receives the vaccine in what order or the timelines.

CUPHD is leading vaccination distribution for employees in our county, and the university will share information with you as it becomes available. Champaign County residents with questions about vaccines should contact CUPHD by phone (217-239-7877) or email (coronavirus@c-uphd.org). University employees who live in other counties should seek information from the county in which they live.

Distribution

CUPHD is leading vaccine distribution for our county and does not anticipate the vaccine being widely available until spring.

We do not yet know which groups will be offered the vaccine next or when. As we learn more information about next steps, we will update the campus community as soon as we are able.

Eligibility

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for the following Champaign County residents by appointment only. For information on how to schedule an appointment, please view the press release from CUPHD.

  • You must live in Champaign County and be 75 years of age or older.
  • You must live in Champaign County and be 65 to 74 years of age with one of the following health conditions as designated by the CDC:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD
    • Heart disease
    • Obesity
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Immune-compromised due to organ transplant

CUPHD does not anticipate the vaccine being widely available until spring, so if you are not in the group scheduled for vaccination in this round, please be patient.

University employees who live in other counties should seek information from the county in which they live.

Policies

For employees, there is currently no plan to require the vaccine. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently issued guidance that we will take into consideration, along with guidance from legal counsel and IDPH.

For students, the Illinois Department of Public Health determines the immunizations that are required of Illinois college and university students. IDPH does not currently require proof of COVID-19 immunization.

Continue to follow safety guidelines

The vaccine will be one part of our university’s comprehensive plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Until the medical community has a better understanding of the impact of the vaccine in preventing disease spread, you still have to follow all university COVID-19 testing requirements. Currently, receiving a vaccine will not affect your building access status.

Vaccinated persons should continue to follow all current guidance to help protect themselves and others, including:

  • Regular COVID-19 on-campus testing
  • Wearing a mask
  • Staying at least six feet away from others
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Washing hands often
  • Following CDC travel guidance
  • Following quarantine guidance after an exposure to someone with COVID-19
  • Following any applicable workplace or school guidance

Notification

Notifications about vaccine eligibility or appointment reminders may be sent via emails, calls or texts from CUPHD, the university or your healthcare provider. Please regularly check your phone and university email for these important notifications. Not responding in a timely manner could mean you will not be vaccinated at this time.

FAQ

University guidance

How do I know when it’s my turn to get the vaccine?

CUPHD is leading vaccine distribution for our county and does not anticipate the vaccine being widely available until spring.

We do not yet know which groups will be offered the vaccine next or when. As we learn more information about next steps, we will update the campus community as soon as we are able. If you are not in the group scheduled for vaccination in this round, please be patient.

Champaign County residents with questions about vaccines should contact CUPHD by phone (217-239-7877) or email (coronavirus@c-uphd.org).

Will the vaccine be mandatory for students?

The Illinois Department of Public Health determines the immunizations that are required of Illinois college and university students. IDPH does not currently require proof of COVID-19 immunization.

Will the vaccine be mandatory for employees?

There is currently no plan to require the vaccine. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently issued guidance that we will take into consideration, along with guidance from legal counsel and IDPH.

Do I still have to follow preventative measures (face coverings, social distancing, hand washing) after receiving a vaccine?

The vaccine will be one part of our university’s comprehensive plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must continue to follow all university COVID-19 safety requirements, including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and continuing on-campus COVID-19 testing.

If I get the vaccine, do I still have to be tested for COVID-19? How will the vaccine affect my COVID-19 building access status?

The vaccine will be one part of our university’s comprehensive plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Until the medical community has a better understanding of the impact of the vaccine in preventing disease spread, you still have to follow all university COVID-19 testing requirements. Receiving a vaccine will not affect your building access status.

Should I still get my flu shot?

Yes, you should still get a flu shot. Please get one now if you have not already done so.