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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

COVID-19 Spring 2022 Vaccination Plan

Western Illinois University is currently not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students or employees for the spring 2022 semester, however, this could change at any time depending on federal and state requirements. The University expects members of the campus community to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as well as respective booster when eligible..

All students, faculty, and staff are REQUIRED to participate in COVID-19 testing located in the University Testing Center located in the Mac Gym of the Campus Recreation Center. Testing is required once per week for those individuals who do not want to receive the vaccination or who have a medical or religious exemption. Please see the COVID-19 testing section for more information regarding testing program and protocols. Individuals may opt out of testing if they provide proof of vaccination.

Vaccines recognized by Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time.

Vaccine Name Manufacturer
BNT162b2/Tozinameran/COMIRNATY® Pfizer-BioNTech
mRNA-1273 Moderna
Ad26.COV2.S Johnson&Johnson
Azd1222 AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
BBIBP-CorV (Vero cells) Sinopharm (Beijing)
CoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc) Sinovac Biotech
Covaxin Bharat Biotech
Covavax (Novavax formulation) Serum Institute of India
NVX-CoV2373 Novavax

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

There are two simple ways an individual can submit their COVID-19 vaccination information.

  1. Click on the button below to visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Select the respective portal (student or employee).

    *Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants should choose the student portal.

HAVE YOU BEEN FULLY VACCINATED?
SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTATION NOW

How is the information shared/stored?
  • Students: Student information is stored securely in the Medicat health portal through the Beu Health Center, along with other immunization records. This information is only available to health care personnel. The student’s name (no other information) is shared electronically in processes to remove them from administrative processes involving University compliance procedures.
  • Employees: Employee information is stored securely in Google Drive after submission. The uploaded image is then confirmed and the file is deleted (usually within 48-72 hours). No other information pertaining to personal or health related information is collected. The employee’s name (no other information) is shared electronically in processes to remove them from administrative processes involving University compliance procedures.
Benefits of providing COVID-19 proof of vaccination:
  • Will not have to participate in weekly required testing program.
  • Individuals who are vaccinated no longer need to quarantine in the event they are contact traced (unless they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms).
  • They will be removed from the WIU daily self-check reminder emails. (Individuals should allow 5-7 days after submitting information before they stop receiving the daily self-check reminder.) Faculty, students, and staff should continue to utilize the self-check to monitor their health (regardless of vaccination).
  • If the vaccine ever does become required by state or federal law like other required immunizations, this will be on file and no further action will be needed.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

  • For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot at 5 months or more after their initial series is recommended.
  • For individuals who received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot at 5 months or more after their initial series is recommended.
  • For individuals who received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow to this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Booster shots are available at any of the WIU campus vaccination clinics.

Following your booster shot, individuals should submit updated information to the University.  Members of the campus community can send an updated picture of their COVID-19 vaccination card to the following:

Students:

Employees:

Vaccination Clinics

Western Illinois University expects all members of the campus community to get vaccinated. By doing so, it will allow campus to return to normal operations at a faster pace. The following free opportunities are available for individuals to participate in.

  • WIU-Macomb Campus vaccination clinics:
    Date Time Location Vaccine(s) Open To Public

    Tuesday, January 25

    9am-2pm Union Sandburg Lounge Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer Yes

    Tuesday, February 22

     9am-2pm  Union Sandburg Lounge Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer  Yes
    All participants must complete and bring with them the consent form.
  • McDonough County vaccination clinics: https://getyourcovidshot.com/vaccine-calendar
  • Rock Island County vaccination clinics: https://richd.org/
  • Vaccines.gov - Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you
  • Individuals are also encouraged to visit their local Hy-Vee, CVS, Wal-Mart, or pharmacy for information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

Why Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. There are many reasons to get vaccinated, including:

  • The COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic and when we can return to "normal".

View more information related to the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Western Illinois University expects all members of the University Community to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. If an individual does decide not to vaccinate, they are REQUIRED to participate in the University’s weekly testing program. Individuals should know that campus protocols regarding vaccinations may change at any time depending on federal and state requirements.

Can I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Can I still contract or spread COVID-19 after being vaccinated?

Yes. It’s important to note that, while these vaccines are highly effective, there is still the chance that if you are exposed to the virus you could contract COVID-19 after having received the vaccination. On a campus of 11,000 people, 95% efficacy still translates to 550 individuals being vulnerable to the disease. For these reasons, all Leathernecks will continue to follow the Protect the ‘Necks Pledge, including wearing a face mask correctly and consistently, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be offered on campus?

WIU continues to work closely with the McDonough County and Rock Island County Health Departments to provide vaccination clinics. It is the University’s intention to continue to coordinate with these entities to provide on-campus clinics throughout the year when applicable. Members of the campus community are encouraged to visit bit.ly/FindVaxClinic to find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic close to them.

If I’ve already received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, can I get my second dose at a campus clinic?

Yes, if your first dose was received outside of Macomb or Moline, you can attend a campus clinic to receive your second dose. You must bring your CDC card showing your first dose with you. You will want to make sure and check before attending that the vaccination being administered is the same manufacturer as your first dose.

What side effects should I expect from the vaccine?

You may experience some mild side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects after your second dose may be more intense than after your first dose. Learn more about what side effects to expect.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

Fully vaccinated is defined as taking any of the current three vaccine options – Pfizer (2 shots required- 21 days between shot 1 and shot 2), Moderna (2 shots required-28 days between shot 1 and shot 2), or the Johnson and Johnson (1 shot required), plus 14 days following the last shot.). In addition to these three common vaccinations within the United States, WIU will acknowledge other vaccines approved through the World Health Organization (WHO). For a complete list of WHO approved vaccines, please see above.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I still get the vaccine?

Yes, even after an individual recovers from having COVID-19, there is scientific evidence that shows that receiving a vaccine helps reduce the chances of reinfection.

What if I don’t feel well after being vaccinated? Should I still go to class? Will my absence be excused?

Because fatigue, headache, fever and muscle pain are common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly in younger individuals, students should carefully consider how any side effects might affect coursework, deadlines, and exams. Take note of dates you want to avoid — again, knowing that the second dose needs to be administered 21-42 days after the first. Finally, for any COVID-19 medical inquiries, please contact the Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888.

What if I am a minor?

Minors should call Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888 ext. 221 and a staff member will assist.

What if I am fully vaccinated, but can't find my card?

First, please reach out to the entity or the jurisdictional health department that the vaccination was administered by. If you are an Illinois resident, you can register at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/vaxverify and look up the immunization information. If you are not an Illinois resident, you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/iis/contacts-locate-records.html, go to your respective state, and access the immunization portal information.

Can I receive my COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?

FTo be fully vaccinated with the covid vaccine, the doses must be from the same manufacturer. The only exception would be if there was a reaction from one manufacturer to get another one.

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources