University of Illinois Updates COVID-19 Testing Policies

University of Illinois has updated their COVID-19 policies for testing. 

In a recent email, the university stated that “Undergraduate students who are out of compliance for COVID-19 testing will lose access to certain university technologies.” 

These technologies include Compass, Canvas, and others.

This only applies for undergraduate students who are required to participate in on-campus testing. This means any student that is not fully vaccinated with a verified record must participate in on-campus testing.

For fully vaccinated individuals, testing is only required if the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department has identified them with as a close contact. 

Fully vaccinated Individuals may also be contacted by the university because they are in an area with significant increases in positive cases. Those same individuals must test as well if they are experience any symptoms such as fever, chills, shortness of breath and fatigue. 

The CDC has reported that flu shots can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. This helps with leaving capacity for patients who may need to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, thus it is recommend and encouraged to get your flu shot at any of the on-campus walk-in clinics. 

The CUPHD has expanded their eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to all individuals who live or work in Champaign County. They also must be fully vaccinated and have passed 6 months since their second dose. 

Any individuals who have been vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson should NOT receive a Pzifer vaccine booster. 

The university also reminds all community members that they are required to receive their final dose and submit a Vaccination Record Card to their MyMcKinley Portal by October 15th. Information should be submitted as soon as the final dosage has been received. 

Anyone who is not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons must request an exemption and submit any relevant documentation. 

The American Rescue Plan, which provided paid time off for COVID-19 related reasons, ended on September 30th, 2021 and was not renewed by the federal government. 

The University of Illinois System will continue to provide a limited amount of paid leave to employees from October 1st to the 31st. This includes for any employee obtaining the vaccine, recovering from any injury, illness or disability related to the vaccination. Recovering from the virus itself is also included. 

For any questions or concerns, please visit the univeristy’s COVID-19 website.