April 9, 2021

With all Illinois residents 16 and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, April 12, we are excited to announce that the DeKalb County Health Department will host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics for NIU students April 17 and April 20.

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 Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at the clinics. This vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older and requires only one dose. You should
review the fact sheet about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the J&J 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 COVID-19 vaccine clinics on April 17 and April 20 are a “Closed POD” for NIU students only.

To schedule an appointment:

  1. On the calendar, choose a time slot that is open on April 17 or April 20. Open time slots are in green. Click on your preferred appointment date and time.
  2. Click on “Add to cart.”
  3. Click on “Continue.”
  4. On the “Checkout” screen, complete the required contact information and select “Continue.”
  5. Review your information to ensure it is correct and click on “Submit registration.”
  6. 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.)
  • Getting the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine eliminates the hassle of having to make two appointments to get two shots weeks apart as is required for other vaccines.
  • 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.
  • The J&J/Janssen vaccine has high efficacy at preventing hospitalization and death in people who do get sick. No one who contracted COVID-19 at least four weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized.
  • 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.



Register for the April 17 or April 20 Vaccine Clinic


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