Vaccines for COVID-19

All University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students are now eligible for vaccine appointments. The university encourages members of the community to be vaccinated if and when they are able to do so. We also acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

Distribution

CUPHD is leading vaccine distribution for our county. The university shares information from CUPHD when it is relevant to faculty, staff or students. The university does not control the vaccine appointments, timelines or community clinic locations.

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

Appointments & locations

Vaccinations will be done by appointment only. Continue to check your university email and check the locations below often to learn about available appointments.

Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
1102 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana

  • Online appointments: http://mymckinley.illinois.edu
    • Log in with your NetID and password
    • Click on the appointment icon on the homepage
    • Follow the instructions
  • Email address for questions and assistance: studenthealthcenter@illinois.edu
  • You must be up-to-date on your COVID-19 testing and show a “Building Access Granted” status in the Safer Illinois app or the Boarding Pass on the day of your appointment at this location.

Area Pharmacies

  • Please continue to check the websites of local pharmacies for available appointments.
  • Area pharmacies may add new appointment slots throughout the week, so continue to check their websites frequently.
  • You can use https://vaccinefinder.org to look for available appointments nearby.

Community clinics

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is providing vaccination opportunities through community clinics located throughout the county. Please continue to check the CUPHD website to see if there are any appointments available.

Current university guidance

As more members of our campus community and the surrounding region are vaccinated, and as local, state, and federal policy and public health guidance evolves, we will continue to update our guidance for the campus community.

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.

For employees

Currently the university is not requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Employees may be asked about their vaccination status as part of contact tracing efforts. All employees are directed to cooperate with these efforts in order to identify and reduce infection risks for members of our campus community or the surrounding area.

In addition, there may be aspects of campus operations that make it relevant for supervisors to ask employees to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status.

For example, state and federal health officials recently issued guidelines pertaining to fully vaccinated individuals that relax certain requirements for quarantine, interactions in groups, venue capacity and travel restrictions. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days have passed since receiving your final dose of the vaccine. 

In order to implement COVID-related guidelines and policies affecting university operations, supervisors may ask employees if they are fully vaccinated. Supervisors may not ask employees why they are not vaccinated or ask any other questions seeking the employee’s personal health information. For example:

Supervisors should NOT ask questions such as:

  1. When are you getting vaccinated?
  2. Why haven’t you been vaccinated for COVID-19?
  3. Do you have a health-related reason for not being vaccinated?
  4. If you have been vaccinated, why aren’t you returning to in-person work?

Supervisors may ask questions such as:

  1. Are you willing to disclose whether you have been vaccinated for COVID-19?
  2. Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19?

Supervisors should clarify how vaccination status is relevant to unit operations and ensure that employees who are not vaccinated (or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status) are not penalized or prevented from participating in the operations of the university.

Supervisors cannot require employees to return to in-person work solely because they are vaccinated. Moreover, if an employee has received an accommodation through the Office for Access and Equity, and the supervisor is not sure whether the accommodation is still necessary, they should contact OAE rather than taking it up with the employee directly. (CAM policy HR-67).

Continue to test and 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 any applicable workplace or school guidance
  • Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals may not be required to quarantine for up to 90 days from their second dose of the vaccine. Visit the Quarantine and Isolation page.

FAQ

For additional questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, the Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

University guidance

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

All University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students are now eligible for vaccine appointments. The university encourages members of the community to be vaccinated if and when they are able to do so. We also acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

CUPHD is leading vaccine distribution for our county. The university shares information from CUPHD when it is relevant to faculty, staff or students. Please also continue to check the websites of local pharmacies for available appointments.

The university does not control the vaccine appointments, timelines or community clinic locations. 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? What about international 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.

Please note that if the guidance changes and any students become required to receive any COVID-19 vaccine that has not yet been available to them, the university intends to hold vaccine clinics on campus at the start of the semester to provide the opportunity to be vaccinated with a U.S. approved vaccine.

Will the vaccine be mandatory for employees?

Currently the university is not requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. We encourage members of the university community to be vaccinated if and when they are able to do so. We also acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

Do I still have to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program and 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.

I am a student and received my first dose of the vaccine on campus (at CRCE or another location). When will I be able to receive my second dose?

Students who have received their first vaccination will be offered dates for second vaccination opportunities before and for a few weeks after the end of the semester. Scheduled dates for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine will be on the McKinley website and opening dates for scheduling will be communicated via massmail. You may still get your second vaccination dose even if you are not enrolled in classes this summer. The CDC recommends you get your second vaccination within six weeks of your first shot.

For questions, please contact studenthealthcenter@illinois.edu.

I am a student and won’t be in Champaign-Urbana during the timeframe to get my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Should I still get the first dose locally if I can get an appointment?

Yes. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is advising that all individuals who are eligible and able take the first opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If possible, you are encouraged to return to the same location for your second dose. But if that is not possible, any student will be able to get their second dose at any state mass vaccination site. Students may also be able to receive their second dose through an area pharmacy or their local health district.  

I am a student, faculty or staff member who has been vaccinated within the last 90 days. Do I have to inform someone about my vaccination status?

You do not need to inform the university about your vaccination status. However, in the event you are contacted by CUPHD or university personnel about being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please confirm with them if you are within three months of having your final vaccination dose.

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.

Will I be required to show my Building Access Status in order to be vaccinated?

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you must show your Building Access Status using the Safer Illinois app or Boarding Pass if you are being vaccinated at CRCE. This is a requirement because these vaccinations are happening at a university facility.

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.