COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Last updated 4.13.21

Everyone in Illinois age 16 or older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please monitor all available options for receiving the vaccine through your county health department, primary care provider’s office, local pharmacies or other community resources. Useful websites include SCDPH.org and vaccinefinder.org.

Upcoming on-site vaccine clinic April 16 at UIS

UIS, in partnership with Memorial Health System, will host an on-site vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the TRAC gymnasium. The vaccine being administered will be the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine; everyone will be automatically scheduled Friday, May 7, to receive their second dose. This clinic is open to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. You do not need to be a permanent resident of Illinois to be eligible.

Appointments are required. Sign up for your timeslot via this online registration form no later than noon Thursday, April 15. Appointment times are limited to the first 200 individuals who sign up, and there is a limit to the number of appointments available per timeslot.

Each individual must meet some basic eligibility criteria to be vaccinated; full details are on the scheduling webform. On April 16, it is recommended that you bring to your appointment a photo ID with your date of birth, but it is not required.

To ensure no vaccines go to waste, we ask that everyone honor their appointment to the best of their ability.

If you already are vaccinated, please encourage others to consider this opportunity.

Questions can be sent to covid19@uis.edu.

FAQ on April 16 vaccination clinic at TRAC

Q: Will walk-ins be accepted?

A: No, appointments are required to allow our health partners enough notice to appropriately plan for the amount of vaccine to bring to UIS. The online scheduling form will be open through noon Thursday to make your appointment.

Q: I’ve had COVID-19; can I get the vaccine?

A: Yes, you can still get the vaccine, even if you are within the 90-day window since the start of your illness.

Q: Can I use the April 16 clinic to get my second dose of the COVID vaccine?

A: No, the April 16 clinic is for first doses only.

Q: If I’ve already had COVID-19, why should I get the vaccine? Don’t I already have antibodies?

A: You have a stronger and longer antibody response from the vaccine than from having COVID-19. Additionally, individuals who have had COVID-19 have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 after 90 days; fully vaccinated individuals do not have a particular time period to adhere to.

Being vaccinated lowers the risk of illness for yourself and others. While it doesn’t remove all chances of becoming ill, it is much safer to be around loved ones when vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated, the greater opportunity we have for participating in in-person events, including on campus.

Q: I have a friend or relative who lives nearby and would be interested in receiving the vaccine at UIS if possible; can they participate?

A: Please send their name and phone number to covid19@uis.edu to be placed on a “vaccine saver” list. They will be called around 1 p.m. Friday if there is leftover vaccine available.

Types of Vaccine

There are three brands of vaccine available to the public: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. For information on these vaccines, please visit the websites listed below. Additional brands of vaccine may become available for distribution as the FDA approves them for public use.

Moderna-COVID-19-Vaccine-EUA-Fact-Sheet-for-Recipients-and-Caregivers.pdf (pdf) (scdph.org)

Pfizer-BioNTech-COVID-19-Vaccine-EUA-Fact-Sheet-for-Recipients-and-Caregivers.pdf (pdf) (scdph.org)

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) Questions | CDC

Resources

Sangamon County Department of Public Health

Sangamon County Vaccine Information

CDC Vaccine Information

CDC COVID Data Tracker

IDPH COVID-19_Vaccine FAQs (pdf)

Categories of Essential Workers | COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC