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On behalf of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs:

Dear students in Campus Housing, athletics and the performing arts,

Beginning April 12, 2021, all individuals in Illinois who are over the age of 16 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, based on guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. UI Health is able to offer limited vaccine appointments to students participating in activities where social distancing may be difficult, specifically athletes, students in campus housing, and students in the performing arts the week of April 12th. Additional appointments will be made available to all UIC students later in the week. This is an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19 and particularly for UIC students, who are newly eligible for vaccinations.

UI Health — UIC’s academic health enterprise — is offering the COVID-19 vaccine at Credit Union 1 Arena (525 S. Racine Ave.) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by appointment only.

We strongly encourage all members of the UIC community to get vaccinated. We hope that all UIC students will take advantage of the free, convenient vaccination appointments that are available on campus, and make an appointment as soon as possible.

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Schedule with MyChart
As a UIC student who is newly eligible for vaccination, you will receive an email notification directing you to schedule a vaccine appointment using your UI Health MyChart account.

When you schedule your appointment in MyChart, you will be able to easily complete pre-appointment registration and have access to self-schedule your appointment. Once you log into your account, you will be able to select an available appointment time. If there is not an available time, please check back again as appointments open up daily.

When completing your registration, please make sure to click “confirm” at the bottom of the page to successfully schedule an appointment. You will then receive an email confirmation.

For those who do not have an active UI Health MyChart account, you will receive an email containing an activation code. Once a MyChart account is established using the activation code, you will receive a notification to schedule an appointment and should follow the instructions above.

If you do not have an activation code or need to reset your password, please call the helpline at 844.906.9844. The helpline is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Schedule by Phone
You can also schedule your appointment by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Line at 833.53.MYVAX (833.536.9829). The scheduling line is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. When calling, please select the option for established patients regardless of whether or not you have been seen as a patient at UI Health. As a member of the UIC community, you are considered established for vaccination purposes. Hold times may be lengthy due to the demand for vaccination.

Planning for your second dose
For planning purposes, all students should be aware that UIC is currently offering the Pfizer vaccine at the Credit Union 1 Arena. Individuals receiving the Pfizer vaccine will need two doses – this means two shots – to be considered fully vaccinated. It is recommended that the second dose be administered 21 days following the first, or as close to 21 days as possible.

When making appointments, all students are encouraged to plan ahead for a second vaccination appointment approximately 21 days later. Appointments for second doses will be scheduled by staff at the Credit Union 1 Arena during first dose appointments and can be further managed in MyChart.

If and when UI Health has access to a single-dose vaccine, it will be made available to students.

Keep your guard up
Although COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, they are not 100% effective and may not protect against asymptomatic transmission. Therefore, everyone should continue wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home if you or a household member have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19.

You will still be required to participate in mandatory saliva testing appointments after vaccination – saliva testing combined with vaccination, masking and distancing are all tools to fight this pandemic.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination at UI Health, visit vaccine.uihealth.care. If you have any questions, please email covidvaccine@uic.edu.

Thank you,

Robert Barish, MD, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Susan Bleasdale, MD
Acting Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control

Kim Bertini
Director, Nursing Excellence

Paul Gorski
Sr. Director, Clinical Services