Testing and Vaccines
SXU Health Center: COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines
On August 26, 2021, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, held a press conference announcing a state mandate (per Executive Order No. 87) requiring all educators, including those in higher education, along with all higher education students, to become vaccinated. Accordingly, all Saint Xavier University students and employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Students and employees will be required to receive their first dose by September 19, 2021, and their second dose within 30 days of the first. As stated in the Governor's order, an individual is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA.
The SXU Health Center offers Pfizer vaccines (ages 12 and up) Monday through Friday, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (ages 18 and up) on Thursdays. Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712); walk-ins are welcome during business hours.
The SXU Health Center will see patients in the office or via tele-medicine depending on type of visit, symptoms and vaccination status.
Mandatory Weekly Testing per Executive Order No. 87
Mandatory COVID-19 testing for anyone who is unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated begins Tuesday, September 7 in the former bookstore space on the north side of the Shannon Center. Though the Governor's Office has issued a two-week extension for the date to receive the first dose of the vaccine (now September 19), SXU will proceed with mandatory weekly testing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, beginning Tuesday, September 7, in consideration of the health and safety of our community.
Those who need to test have been notified via email. If you need to schedule a testing appointment, you may use the COVID-19 Testing Sign-up Form.
Tests must be completed at SXU's designated testing site at the Shannon Center and verified by on-site personnel during available weekly testing hours:
- Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Important Testing Information
- Please bring your Cougar Card and additional form of ID with your date of birth.
- Those testing should not drink water for at least 10 minutes before collection and should avoid other drinks, food, smoking, nasal sprays, teeth cleaning and chewing gum for at least 30 minutes before sample collection.
Once your proof of full vaccination is approved by the SXU Health Center, you will no longer be required to test weekly. If you are fully vaccinated and have not submitted your proof of vaccination, please upload it to the confidential Health Center Patient Portal or drop off a copy at the SXU Health Center immediately. You will continue to be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing at the SXU testing site until your proof of vaccination has been submitted and approved by the Health Center via a message within the Patient Portal.
Individuals who have not submitted proof of full vaccination and who do not participate in SXU's weekly testing program will be subject to disciplinary action, including exclusion from the premises, until they comply with testing requirements.
Testing at the Health Center
SXU students, staff and faculty experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may schedule a test at the SXU Health Center. Testing is done by appointment only. If you have questions about testing, please call 773-298-3712. See Coronavirus General Information to learn more about emergency warning signs, what to do when you're sick or help finding alternative testing sites.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, please stay home, follow CDC guidance to self-isolate and fill out a HIPAA-secure COVID-19 reporting form.
After you fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form, you will receive a call from the Health Center to discuss what symptoms you are having and whether or not testing is recommended.
Only in circumstances where the person cannot report themselves should another person use this form to report on behalf of an employee or student. The person should be aware you are making this report. Only direct supervisors reporting on behalf of their employees, faculty reporting on behalf of their students, or parent/guardians reporting on behalf of their child should use this form.
Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Testing Sign-up formTo schedule a mandatory test for anyone who is unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 Reporting Form
This form is available to support the health and safety of the campus community who
are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Responses will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing and for our state-mandated reporting duties.
How do the COVID-19 Vaccines work?
Vaccines at the Health Center
The Health Center has been designated as a vaccination site by the Chicago Department of Public Health and receives a shipment of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines regularly. Now that vaccines are widely available we can accommodate most same-day appointment or walk-in requests during business hours. Pfizer received full FDA approval on August 23, 2021 for everyone 16 years old and up and is also approved under an emergency use authorization (EUA) for those 12-15 years old. Moderna is approved under an EUA for those 18 years and up. Need an appointment? Call 773-298-3712 or book on ZocDoc. All are welcome!
SXU students, faculty and staff who do not provide proof of vaccination by the deadline are likely to experience disruption to their employment or educational progress. If you have questions about the vaccines, be sure to discuss them with your primary care provider or the nurse practitioners at the SXU Health Center.
Why get vaccinated?
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- COVID-19 vaccination protects you from severe illness (hospitalization) and death.
- COVID-19 vaccination lowers the risk that you will spread COVID-19 to other people, including those who are immunocompromised.
- Once you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA) you do not need to quarantine if you are exposed to someone else you has tested positive as long as you remain asymptomatic (without symptoms). You can also resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
Turn in Vaccine Records
For SXU faculty, staff and students, if you have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please upload a copy of your completed vaccine card to our secure Patient Portal. If you received your COVID-19 vaccines at the Health Center, you do not need to upload a copy as this information will already be in our system. This is for tracking and contact tracing purposes only.
Additional and Booster Doses
The CDC now recommends a third dose of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. The SXU Health Center is now taking appointments for individuals who fit this criteria. Please make sure to speak with your doctors/clinical team to determine the best timing of the third dose. There is not currently a recommendation from the CDC for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to receive an additional dose, but this is being studied currently.
Booster doses are not currently authorized by the FDA or CDC for the general population, but likely will start in late September. People can expect to get their booster dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) 8 months after their second dose. The CDC is currently studying recommendations for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Contact Health Center
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Request for Vaccination ExemptionIndividuals who cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 due to a documented medical reason or their sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance may request an exemption.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines in Illinois
Prefer to be tested closer to home? Interested in a specific brand of the vaccine? There are many different options available to everyone now.
There are now many locations for people to get tested for COVID-19, including CVS, urgent cares, Family First, and many primary care offices. The City of Chicago also offers advice on when and how to get tested. Most insurance plans cover testing if you are symptomatic (have symptoms) or were exposed to COVID-19 and many sites offer free testing to those without insurance.
COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available at clinics, pharmacies, and some primary care offices. Many sites are by appointment or by walk-in. If you are interested in a specific type of vaccine you may want to verify on the clinic's website or call ahead before going to the appointment.