UI to stop mandatory testing

The university is planning on stopping mandatory testing for students and faculties who are fully vaccinated. Individuals will upload their vaccine cards to the Mckinley portal 14 days after their last shot.

In a massmail, Chancellor Jones says that it is a science-based recommendation from the Shield team based on what the vaccine research has shown so far.

This decision is expected to be in place starting August 23, which is the first day of the fall semester, with a possibility for it to be available earlier.

Another announcement will be sent when this change goes into effect. This change will replace regular COVID-19 testing for compliance and building access. Individuals who do not submit vaccination records will continue to be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program.

Meanwhile, everybody is expected to continue testing if living or working on campus, even if already fully vaccinated.

Those who are already fully vaccinated can upload their vaccination record card to the MyMcKinley portal. For those who received both vaccine doses at CRCE, they do not need to upload their record.

After you submit, the McKinley Health Center staff will verify the accuracy of your vaccine record. Once the upload has been reviewed and approved, your COVID-19 vaccines will appear under the Immunizations tab in your MyMcKinley Portal.

The massmail states that in the future, if they believe the science indicates that vaccinated individuals should continue testing, they will shift and mandate testing even for vaccinated individuals. In the meantime, it’s anticipated that all other COVID-19 guidelines will be in place, including wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing. The university will continue to monitor COVID-19 on our campus and be prepared to pivot the approach if necessary.

A note to UI international members that international vaccine records require a certified English translation.

Bénie Yenyi

Bénédicte “Bénie” Yenyi Mulumba is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. She's currently a member of UI7 Live and a researcher in political science department. She was an intern at the China Post when studying abroad in Taiwan. She worked as a news reporter for the Daily Illini, as a writer for Her Campus student-magazine and as an editor for The Spectator - which is Heartland Community College’s magazine. She’s a member of the Black journalists of Illinois chapter and a member of UNICEF. Bénie is fluent in French, English, and Lingala. She’s aspiring to be an international reporter and work with international organizations.