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EIU, community partners offering free COVID testing, flu shots October 14


(Charleston, IL) -- Eastern Illinois University is partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Coles County Health Department to offer a COVID testing and flu shot clinic for students, faculty, staff, annuitants and the local community from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. COVID testing and flu shot administration will be offered at no cost.

The testing/vaccine clinic will take place in Eastern Illinois University's W Lot near the corner of Fourth Street and Roosevelt Drive, just west of Lawson Hall. Drive-thru and walk-up options will be available. Vehicles will be directed to enter the site via Terrace Lane, south of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Anyone who is notified of a positive COVID-19 test result or deemed to be a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be expected to follow the directive of the medical provider or public health official who contacts them.


  • *EIU Students:
    Bring your Panther Card and provide your LOCAL (school) address to the testing staff.
  • *EIU employees and annuitants:
    Bring your Panther Card and insurance card if you have one.
  • Community Members:
    Bring a photo ID and your insurance card, if you have one.

*Travel Considerations After Testing
Students or employees who plan to travel away from Charleston after testing are strongly advised to take all personal and academic materials (e.g. medication, textbooks, computer, etc.) that would be needed to isolate or quarantine in that location. In most cases, individuals will not be permitted to return to Charleston until the end of their isolation/quarantine period. This guidance holds true at all times, but it is especially critical to remember with Fall Break beginning Friday, October 16. 

All attendees/participants must adhere to EIU’s masking guidelines and are expected to appropriately wear clean cloth or disposable face masks while on campus. Please bring your own masks, as they will not be be provided.

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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-8444

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