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COVID-19 Vaccination

  • On-Campus COVID Vaccines

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    EIU Medical Clinic

    Every Tuesday
    Human Services Building

    Students and employees may call the Medical Clinic at 217-581-3013 to schedule an appointment.

  • Report your COVID-19 vaccination status

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    Submit Online

    You can take advantage of EIU’s quick and easy online vaccine verification tool. If you have a completed CDC COVID-19 vaccination card you can take an electronic/digital image of the front and back of your card with your smartphone (preferred) or equivalent device. Log in to PAWS with your EIU credentials, select the MyHealth Tab, then select "COVID Vaccination Verification Form”. There, further directions for verifying your vaccination status will be provided. For assistance with the form, please contact the EIU ITS Help Desk at 217-581-HELP (4357).

    Submit In Person

    • Students: Bring your official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to the EIU Medical Clinic to have your vaccine status recorded or updated.
    • Employees: Bring your official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to Human Resources to have your vaccine status recorded or updated.

    Vaccination Verification (updated Aug. 31, 2021)

    On Aug. 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order (EO) with new mandates for all universities and colleges across the state. The new EO specifically states that all personnel and students working at and/or attending Illinois colleges and universities need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 except when religious beliefs or health circumstances preclude vaccination. In addition, all students and employees who are not fully vaccinated or have not had their vaccination card verified by the university MUST be tested for Covid-19 at least once every week. There are no exemptions from the weekly testing unless you are fully vaccinated and have had your vaccination card verified by EIU. Your participation in the weekly testing will be monitored by EIU’s Covid Response Team.

    Employees and students who are unvaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, or who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status with EIU will be required to submit to the mandatory weekly (or more frequent) SHIELD testing. In order to meet the expectations of the EO, students, and employees who do not comply with mandated testing as required will be subject to disciplinary action. The discipline structure for non-compliance with COVID-19 mandatory testing is available here.

    The Executive Order and revised vaccination/testing policy at EIU becomes effective on Sept. 5, 2021.

  • Booster Recommendations

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    Everyone aged 12 and older should get a booster shot. Children aged 12-17 can get a Pfizer booster.

    If you received: Pfizer-BioNTech

    • Who should get a booster: Everyone age 12 and up.
    • When to get a booster: At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
    • Which booster can you get: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most situations. Children 12-17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.

    If you received: Moderna

    • Who should get a booster: Adults 18 years and older.
    • When to get a booster: At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
    • Which booster can you get: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most situations.

    If you received: Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

    • Who should get a booster: Adults 18 years and older.
    • When to get a booster: At least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.
    • Which booster can you get: Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most situations.

Vaccination and Testing FAQ

  • How do I know if my vaccination is verified?

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    Log in to PAWS with your EIU credentials, select the MyHealth Tab, then select "COVID Vaccination Status". Up-to-date information about your vaccination status can be found there one business day after submitting your form.

  • Can I get an exemption from SHIELD surveillance testing?

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    You may request an exemption to the SHIELD surveillance testing if you physically reside outside of Coles county or will be away from campus (ex. sabbatical, medical leave). If you believe you are eligible, please complete this form: go.eiu.edu/COVIDVaccineExemption

  • I lost my vaccination card! What can I do?

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    Contact the provider who administered the vaccine to receive updated documentation, or check with Contacts for Immunization Records | CDC. If you received your vaccine in Illinois, you can call (217) 785-1455 or visit I-CARE | IDPH (illinois.gov).

  • What if I am unvaccinated or choose not to disclose my vaccination status and don't test?

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    In order to meet the expectations of the executive order, students and employees who do not comply with mandated testing as required will be subject to disciplinary action. The discipline structure for non-compliance with COVID-19 mandatory testing is available here.

  • Will my information be kept private?

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    Please know that your vaccination records will remain private information. Vaccine status updates will be managed exclusively through the Medical Clinic and Human Resources Department to honor personal privacy. EIU’s privacy statement on vaccine verification is available at go.eiu.edu/covidprivacy.

  • What if I am planning to get vaccinated or only have one shot?

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    If you are planning to get the vaccine or are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated (such as waiting for a second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or you are not yet a full two weeks out from your last or final vaccination shot), you will be required to participate in EIU’s mandatory weekly SHIELD testing program until you submit information of being fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status can be updated at any time through the PAWS MyHealth portal or in person at the appropriate locations listed above.

  • Do I need to do anything once I am boosted?

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    Yes! Let EIU know you have gotten a booster by updating your vaccination status through the PAWS MyHealth portal or in person at the appropriate locations listed above.

 

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Contact Information

EIU COVID-19 Information

217-581-7400
covid19info@eiu.edu


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