The DeKalb County Health Department will offer NIU students the opportunity to receive the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The first-dose clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, and the second-dose clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Both clinics will be held at the Convocation Center.
When you schedule your appointment for your first dose April 20, you are committing to returning to the Convocation Center for your second dose Tuesday, May 18. You must receive the second dose of vaccine at the same location that you received the first dose because the allotments that the health department receives for the second dose are based on the number of doses administered at the first clinic.
Please take this important step to protect yourself, your fellow Huskies, and your family and friends. Remember, COVID-19 cases in Illinois are rising again. In addition to scheduling your vaccine appointment, please remain vigilant, wear a mask, continue physical distancing and wash your hands frequently.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at the clinic. This vaccine is recommended for people age 18 years and older and requires two doses given one month apart. You should review the fact sheet about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ on the NIU Protecting the Pack website.
Please do not forward this email. The first-dose Moderna clinic Tuesday April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a “Closed POD” for NIU students only. You will schedule your second dose appointment for May 18 while you are at your first-dose appointment.
To schedule an appointment:
- One the calendar, choose a time slot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 20. Open time slots are in green. Click on your preferred appointment date and time. Please note the time slots after 2 p.m. are for seniors 65 years of age and up and not for NIU students.
- Click on “Add to cart.”
- Click on “Continue.”
- On the “Checkout” screen, complete the required contact information and select “Continue.”
- Review your information to ensure it is correct and click on “Submit registration.”
- You will receive an email containing your appointment date, time and QR code. Take a screenshot of the QR code and make sure to bring it with to your appointment along with your OneCard and a printed and completed consent form.
There are many reasons to take advantage of this opportunity:
- Students who are vaccinated will be exempted from participating in weekly surveillance testing next fall. (Testing will continue as usual for the rest of the spring 2021 semester.)
- The more students who get vaccinated, the fewer restrictions we will have on campus in the fall, meaning more face-to-face classes, more events and fewer limitations in residence halls, on-campus restaurants, etc.
- Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected.
- Most importantly, it will help ensure a safer summer for you and for those you love.
If you cannot take advantage of this opportunity, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment to get vaccinated at a clinic near your home as soon as possible. The state of Illinois Department of Public Health offers a tool that allows you to simply enter a ZIP code or the name of your community to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination center.
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