Gov. JB Pritzker: Vaccines will be required for all Illinois school personnel starting Sept. 5

Saying that he wanted to head off a “pandemic of the unvaccinated," Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Thursday mandated COVID-19 vaccines for all public education employees who work with students pre-kindergarten through college. 

The vaccine mandate is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. 

While the vaccine mandate does not cover students in grades K through 12, it does apply to college students.

In addition to the vaccine policy, Pritzker announced Thursday that starting Monday, masks will once again be required for all indoor public places. 

UIS, in partnership with SHIELD Illinois, is now offering free COVID-19 saliva testing to the public

The University of Illinois Springfield, in partnership with SHIELD Illinois, is now offering free COVID-19 saliva testing to the public. 

The free tests are being funded through an agreement between the Illinois Department of Public Health and SHIELD Illinois using federal relief money.

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SHIELD testing now open to the community

From the UIS COVID-19 Rapid Response Team

We are excited to announce that, in partnership with SHIELD Illinois, the UIS COVID-19 saliva testing site is now offering free tests to the public. A separate “community lane” has been established in the lower-level PAC testing area for community visitors. The free tests are being funded through an agreement between the Illinois Department of Public Health and SHIELD Illinois using federal relief money.

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UIS and Community Health Roundtable to host a webinar on “COVID-19 and the Health of the Community”

The University of Illinois Springfield Innovation Hub, UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable will host a free public webinar titled “COVID-19 and the Health of the Community: Moving from the Old to the New Normal” at Noon Friday, April 16 via Zoom.

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UIS and Community Health Roundtable to host a webinar on the implications of COVID-19 on marginalized and aging populations

The University of Illinois Springfield Innovation Hub, UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable will host a free public webinar titled “Implications of COVID-19 for Historically Marginalized Populations and the Aging Population” at Noon Friday, March 16 via Zoom.

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