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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.

WIU's Response to Vaccinations

Western Illinois University will continue to support the Health Department and other County partners throughout the vaccination process. WIU Risk Management will work with respective campus entities to develop and provide a listing of individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during Phases 1A & 1B of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Vaccination Plan.  

At this time, all vaccinations will be performed by the McDonough and Rock Island Health Departments, McDonough District Hospital, and other area QC Hospitals. As vaccinations become more readily available to the general public, all members of the campus community are encouraged to follow the guidance that will be communicated as we progress through the vaccination phases.  

Vaccine Administration

Vaccinations will be administered following protocols set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

Critical Populations

IDPH has identified and prioritized the following groups for vaccine allocation:

 
Additional specific WIU populations that are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine:

These WIU affiliated groups of individuals have been identified as meeting the eligibility requirements for phases 1A & 1B of the state vaccination plan. Rosters of individuals associated with these groups have been provided to the Health Department to coordinate vaccination.

  • Beu Health Center
  • Western Emergency Medical Services (WEMS)
  • WIU Speech & Language Clinicians
  • WIU COVID-19 Response Team (those who transport students to quarantine/isolation alternative housing)
  • Psychology Clinic
  • Counseling Center
  • WIU Athletic Trainers (those working with athletes and assisting with testing administration)
  • School of Nursing (Nurses doing clinicals)
  • Office of Public Safety (Police)
  • GoWest Bus Security
  • Student Teachers/Block Teachers K-12
  • Psychology Practicum Students K-12
  • WIU Day Care

Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccine

If you are an individual who meets the criteria and is eligible for your COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit these websites for scheduling both your first and second doses.

Why Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Beu Health Center's Medical Chief of Staff receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Beu Health Center's Medical Chief of Staff receiving 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.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

Safety is a top priority for all manufacturers of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Strenuous testing and clinical trials have been completed and continue to be reviewed to ensure that the COVID-19 is safe and efficient to use in the battle against the pandemic.

View more information related to Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States.

Also available are two articles regarding the safety and efficacy data from the Emergency Use Authorization studies that were used to get approval for the COVID-19 vaccines.