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COVID-19 reminders for Fall 2021

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Restricting technology access for COVID-19 testing noncompliance

Undergraduate students who are out of compliance for COVID-19 testing will lose access to certain university technologies.

  • These technologies include Compass, Canvas and others. See the full list.
  • This only applies to undergraduate students who are required to participate in on-campus testing, which includes all students who are not fully vaccinated with a verified record and those who are fully vaccinated who have been asked to test temporarily due to an increase in cases at their residence.
  • To ensure you continue to have access to these technology platforms, make sure you are consistently in compliance with university COVID-19 requirements.

Fully vaccinated individuals & testing 

If you are fully vaccinated, you should take an on-campus COVID-19 test if you:

  • Are identified by CUPHD as a close contact (test 3-5 days after exposure if you do not experience symptoms)
  • Are contacted by the university because you are in an area with significant increases in positive cases (test every other day until cases improve and you are notified you can stop)
  • Experience COVID-19-like symptoms such as: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, muscle or body aches or diarrhea (test immediately and self-quarantine)
  • Return from travel (test as soon as you return)

Flu shots

The CDC says flu shots can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, leaving capacity for patients who may need to be hospitalized due to COVID-19. 

Protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot at an on-campus walk-in clinic:

  • ARC: Friday, Oct. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Grainger Engineering Library: Monday, Oct. 11 - Thursday, Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is expanding eligibility for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all eligible individuals. 

  • You must live or work in Champaign County.
  • You must be fully vaccinated for the Pfizer vaccine and six months must have passed since your second dose.
  • Individuals who have been vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson should NOT receive a Pfizer vaccine booster.
  • Location: 1900 S. First Street, Champaign (east wing of the I Hotel and Conference Center)
    • Oct. 7, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-21, Oct. 26-27
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Walk-in: no appointment necessary, bring your vaccination record card
  • Read more about appointments and locations.

Deadline for COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Everyone is required to receive a final dose and submit a Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by Oct. 15. You should submit as soon as you receive your final dose.

All students, faculty and staff who are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons must request an exemption and submit any relevant documentation.

COVID-19 leave extended for Oct. 1-31

The paid time off for COVID-19-related reasons provided under the federal American Rescue Plan ends Sept. 30, 2021, and has not been renewed by the federal government.

At this time, the University of Illinois System will continue to provide a limited amount of paid leave to employees from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2021, for: obtaining the vaccine; recovering from any injury, disability, illness, condition related to the vaccination; and/or complying with an isolation order due to infection with the virus even if asymptomatic. Read more here.

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.

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