University of Illinois system adds booster requirement

The University of Illinois system is the latest to require COVID booster shots to be on campus.

University President Tim Killeen announced today (Thursday) faculty, staff and students will need to get the shots when eligible.

At Springfield, in-person classes will take place, although faculty will be allowed some flexibility to request remote teaching.

Message from the Chancellor: UIS Spring 2022 Booster & Testing Requirements


Important announcements in this message:
· Details of the UIS booster requirement are below; deadline is Jan. 21 for most individuals
· Entry testing requirements have been expanded; see below for details
· UIS’ approach to delivering courses is continuing as planned; however, some courses scheduled to be delivered on-ground may begin remotely for the first week or two

Dear Students —

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UIS still plans to start in-person classes in January; COVID testing will be required

University of Illinois Springfield students will start the spring semester Jan. 18 in-person as planned while two University of Illinois campuses will start the spring semester with remote learning.

All UIS faculty, staff and students, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing once they return to campus, UIS interim chancellor Karen Whitney announced in a campus letter.

Message from the Chancellor: Preparing for Spring 2022 Semester


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff –

As we learn more about the trajectory of COVID-19 over the coming weeks, I want to urge each of you to take every step necessary to have a safe and healthy winter break. The UIS COVID-19 Rapid Response Team and the Chancellor’s Cabinet will continue to monitor conditions and meet early in the new year to assess whether any additional mitigations should be implemented for Spring semester.

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Message from President Killeen: COVID-19 Booster Shot Recommendation

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and the communities around us has been our priority. Your sacrifice and commitment have been instrumental in us maintaining our status as a national model for navigating the pandemic. 

As a result of your efforts, we are close to completing a safe, successful semester and beginning to plan for the spring. 

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Over 1,500 University of Illinois System students and staff request vaccine exemptions

The three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Springfield, and Chicago all have different vaccine exemption policies. In Springfield, UIS says get vaccinated or prove you should be exempt, otherwise don't come to campus.

"I think it's really good that everyone here has to get vaccinated to be on campus, but I know a lot of people who think otherwise because they're scared of it,” UIS freshman Mina Edmondson said.

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