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COVID-19 reminders for Fall 2021

COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirement

  • For the Fall 2021 semester, it is required that all students, faculty and staff who are able to do so be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose) with a university-accepted COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The university acknowledges that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. These individuals should NOT submit an exemption form for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Instead, all unvaccinated individuals are required to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program.

Building access status

Updating your building access status in the Safer Illinois app

  1. Update to the latest version of Safer Illinois app.
  2. Allow Safer Illinois access to your Health Provider Vaccine Information: Enable Health Provider Vaccine Information in the Settings screen. To enable vaccine data to Safer Illinois, go to the Settings screen, and if Health Provider Test Results and Vaccine Information is off, turn it on.
  3. Please verify that your COVID-19 keys are valid and paired in the Settings screen of Safer Illinois. 
  4. Request your vaccine data again from McKinley. Once you've verified the above prerequisites are complete, you can request your vaccine data be sent again. To request your data again, from the Home Screen, tap on View Health History, then scroll to the bottom and tap on "request my latest test again." Your data will be delivered within an hour.

If your status still does not change in your Safer Illinois app, you can reset your Safer Illinois account. Your vaccine record can take 12-24 hours to appear in Safer Illinois once it is in your Immunization Record in the MyMcKinley Portal.

On-campus instructors

On-campus vaccine appointments

  • TODAY (Thursday, Aug. 19), there are free walk-in COVID-19 vaccines available for students until 5 p.m. at the State Farm Center.
  • Individuals can also look for vaccine appointments in the local community by visiting vaccines.gov. 

Third vaccine dose info (only certain health conditions eligible)

  • The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is encouraging individuals with the criteria below to consult with their healthcare provider about receiving a third vaccine dose.
    This is NOT a booster shot and is NOT intended for anyone without these conditions:
    • Receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • If you are a student and are eligible, you may schedule a third dose at CRCE by clicking on the "appointment" icon in MyMcKinley and following the directions. Only Moderna or Pfizer will be offered each week, so be sure to self-schedule for the same vaccine as received previously. You will be required to review and sign a self-attestation statement that you have consulted with your healthcare provider and fully qualify for one or more of the listed eligibility criteria. If you are a faculty or staff member, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information, see this press release from CUPHD.

Off-campus positive COVID-19 test results

  • If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus location, please submit your off-campus positive test result to the MyMcKinley Portal:
    • Click the COVID-19 icon.
    • Enter the date of your COVID-19 test (external COVID-19 lab result).
    • Select the test result from the dropdown.
    • Upload your test result file (must be: pdf, txt, png, gif, tiff, tif or jpg).
  • The university needs this information so you can be released from isolation if you test positive again within 90 days.

New protocol for employees who are close contacts

  • When an individual is a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, quarantine rules now differ based on the close contact’s vaccination status. 
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts are NOT required to quarantine.
    • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine for 10 days. 
  • Employees who are required to quarantine are now required to utilize benefits provided under the American Rescue Plan Act or their personal leave benefits (sick leave, vacation or floating holiday) in order to remain in pay status. 
  • If an employee has exhausted all leave benefits, a leave of absence without pay may be approved. 
  • For more information on this protocol, please email IHR-LER@illinois.edu

Testing locations

Form to report unsafe COVID-19 behavior

  • Individuals who witness unsafe COVID-19 behavior by a student or employee may submit their experiences here: http://go.illinois.edu/COVID19-report. These reports are reviewed by Student Affairs and Illinois Human Resources.

Updated COVID-19 website info & FAQs

Face coverings vs. face shields

All university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Click here to learn more about accepted face coverings. Face shields can be used in certain situations temporarily, but they do not replace a face covering. For example, face shields alone are not sufficient for the duration of a class.

Clear face coverings

If you are a student and require a clear face covering, you can request them from DRES. For more information, please contact Tina Cowsert (tcowsert@illinois.edu). If you are a faculty or staff member and require a clear face covering, you can request them from the ADA Division of the Office for Access and Equity by contacting adadivision@illinois.edu. Units can also purchase clear face masks through Central Stores by searching for “smile mask.”

Q. Is eating or drinking allowed in university facilities? What about the face covering requirement?

A. Eating and/or drinking is allowed in university facilities. Removing a face covering when in university spaces or at university events is permitted when actively eating or drinking. Event organizers should use their best judgement to maximize safety protocols when food or drink is being offered. For example, when possible, consider providing pre-packaged meals (instead of self-serve buffet meals) and consider having people sit (instead of walking around) when eating. 

Q. Why isn't the university requiring regular testing for individuals who are fully vaccinated? I have heard even vaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19. 

A. The university continues to follow guidance from the CDC, IDPH and CUPHD. Currently, these COVID-19 authorities do not recommend regular COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals are encouraged to be tested when experiencing symptoms, when there is a potential exposure and after international travel. The CDC also indicates that it may be possible for even the fully vaccinated to spread COVID-19 a small percentage of the time, especially in areas of high transmission. That is why we have mandated face coverings in university facilities at this time, based on CDC and CUPHD guidance.

Q. Is social distancing required by those who are unvaccinated in university facilities?

A. Social distancing is not required by those who are unvaccinated in university facilities, but it can be recommended by departments and units when it is possible to do so. The university is requiring face coverings by everyone (even those fully vaccinated) in university facilities as an additional layer of protection. 

*You can use the search bar of the university COVID-19 website (located at the bottom of the website) to search by topic or keyword.