COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

Information about the vaccines and where to get them is available via the CDC and at Please take advantage of the first opportunity to get vaccinated that you are offered.

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. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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?

Why Did I Decide to Get the Vaccine?

Huskies are sharing why they chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hailey Torres-Turnage

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.

Hailey Torres-Turnage,
nursing major
Nicholas Sinclair

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.

Nicholas Sinclair,
nursing major
Shondra Clay

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.

Shondra Clay,
Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions

Read what other NIU Huskes have to say about their decisions to get the vaccine.

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