How to get vaccinated
Everyone in Illinois age 12 or older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Sangamon County Health Department is offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine (must be 18 to receive) at its location at 2833 South Grand Ave. East, Springfield. Schedule your appointment at scdph.org. Memorial Health System has vaccine appointments at its South Sixth Street location just north of campus. Many pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS, also have vaccine appointments available.
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.
CDC Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announced updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your final vaccine dose. To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, the CDC recommends vaccinated individuals should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Masks must be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. At this time at UIS, we do not require fully vaccinated individuals to wear a face covering, except in certain settings (see Our Approach to Safety page). Non-vaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering at UIS, unless they are outside and able to maintain six feet of distance from others.
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.