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Dear faculty, staff and students,

I am writing to make sure you are aware of some important news from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD). They have announced that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available for select in-person higher education employees. Eligible employees will receive a separate email with additional information.

Eligibility

Select in-person higher education employees including:

  • In-person employees at the Childhood Development Lab
  • In-person employees at University High School
  • In-person employees at University Primary School
  • In-person employees at Orchard Downs Preschool
  • Instructors teaching at least one in-person class for the Spring 2021 semester
  • In-person researchers located at sites designated for Shield-related saliva collection, research development and/or COVID response; sites contracted for state and local community engagement
  • In-person Facilities & Services employees
  • In-person Housing/Student Affairs employees
  • In-person Technology Services employees
  • In-person Division of Intercollegiate Athletics employees

The university does not control the order of who receives the vaccine or the timelines. If you are not in the group scheduled for vaccination in this round, please be patient. We do not yet know which groups will be offered the vaccine next or when.

Based on the information we have at this time, we believe the remaining university employees working in-person not listed above will be the next group to receive vaccine appointments. Please continue to check the university’s COVID-19 vaccination page for the most updated information. Individuals with questions about vaccines should contact CUPHD by phone (217-239-7877) or email (coronavirus@c-uphd.org).

The distribution of a vaccine is welcome news, but we must continue to be as diligent as ever in safety precautions, including regular COVID-19 testing, wearing face coverings, social distancing, hand washing and avoiding large gatherings. Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and rely on our public health leaders to make the best decisions for our community.

Sincerely,

Robert. J. Jones

Chancellor