Anyone in Illinois over the age of 12 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. We consider the vaccination of as many members of our community as possible to be a vital step on the road back to normalcy and strongly encourage you to participate. The science shows that vaccines are safe and effective in not only protecting against COVID-19 but reducing its severity and limiting its transmission.
Students who provide proof of vaccination will be excused from the weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing requirement for the summer and fall 2021 semesters. Make sure you take a photo of your vaccine card and keep the card or proof of your vaccination in a safe place.
Please review the FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine.
Johns Hopkins Medicine –
Learn more about how the vaccines were developed, how safe they are and how effective they have been, and more.
Mayo Clinic –
Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine? Will it alter your DNA? Can the vaccine make you infertile?
Center for Disease Control –
How long does the shot provide protection? Do you need to get vaccinated if you already had COVID-19?
Huskies are sharing why they chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
I got the vaccine for my patients, my family, and for the hope of returning back to a sense of normalcy. After a year of FaceTime as our only means of communication, I was most excited to visit my grandparents... Working in a hospital on the COVID unit as a patient care technician, I knew that my grandparents were too high risk for me to visit them.
I chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect myself and others while in the clinical setting. I think other Huskies should get the vaccine to protect themselves and their loved ones, and to help build herd immunity in the community.
I have a unique perspective because I have an educational background in community and public health, so I know the science... I also know the historical context of the impact and relationship of racial identity and health outcomes... I think about how this opportunity is bigger than me, to me, it’s about saving my life or another person’s life.