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COVID-19 | Testing and Vaccines

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Effective January 3, 2022, proof of full vaccination, along with identification or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

Learn more about the new requirements and protocol for entry to the Shannon and Urso Centers.

 


Saint Xavier University is subject to Illinois Executive Order No. 87, which requires employees and students who operate in a higher education setting to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.

The SXU Health Center offers Pfizer vaccines (ages 5 and up) and Moderna (age 18+) Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712).

The SXU Health Center sees patients in the office or via tele-medicine depending on type of visit, symptoms and vaccination status. The Health Center is currently performing COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and exposed students and employees only. Please see below for more information.

*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. Students and employees must continue to submit weekly tests until they are fully vaccinated.
 

Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Weekly Testing Protocol Per Executive Order No. 87

All community members who are not fully vaccinated will participate in weekly testing at a location of their choice and upload each week's test result to the SXU Health Center Patient Portal.

Please note that the attestation and upload process will no longer be through the CLEARED4 unique link for the spring semester.  

Expectations for weekly compliance remain unchanged to avoid disciplinary action. 

Be aware that failure to test as required or falsifying your certification and documentation of a negative COVID-19 test will result in disciplinary action, up to and including administrative withdrawal from the University. Refer to the Testing Protocol FAQ below for more information.

Additional Requirements for entry to Shannon and Urso Centers

Per Public Health Order No. 2021-2, proof of full vaccination1 along with identification2 or a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours is required for any individual entering a public indoor fitness or recreation venue.

These protocols will apply to the Shannon Athletic and Convocation Center and the Urso Outdoor Sports Center.

NOTE: The new requirements are in addition to the Illinois state mandate currently in place requiring individuals to submit proof of full vaccination or provide weekly negative COVID tests. Refer to the Testing Protocol FAQ to learn more the testing process.

  • Those who ARE fully vaccinated should carry proof of their vaccination status at all times while on campus when they may need to access the Shannon or Urso Centers.
  • Those who ARE NOT fully vaccinated should carry proof of their most recent negative test at all times while on campus when they may need to access the Shannon or Urso Centers.

1 Proof of Full Vaccination: Valid documentation that an individual has attained full vaccination status as determined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. 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.

2 Acceptable Identification: An official document bearing the name and photograph of the individual.

  • Examples of acceptable identification include but are not limited to:
    • driver's license
    • non-driver government ID card
    • passport
    • school ID card

More information about the process for compliant entrance to the Shannon or Urso Centers will be shared as it becomes available.



Testing Protocol FAQ

Not at this time. The SXU Health Center is currently only testing those with a known exposure to COVID-19 or individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Find a Testing Site

Students and employees who are not fully vaccinated can choose a testing location that is convenient and upload the test results to the SXU Health Center Patient Portal.

Find a Testing Site

COVID-19 tests may be rapid antigen or polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Tests must have Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. CMS. At-home or self-tests are NOT accepted.

Find a Testing Site

You should discuss the cost of testing with the testing site you choose. Some locations may require the cost of a visit to have the test completed, so make sure to verify this before you arrive. You are responsible for any related costs for testing; SXU will not reimburse you for the cost of testing.

Find a Testing Site

If you tested positive, do NOT come to campus, or if you are a resident student, please stay confined to your room, and please fill out and submit a COVID-19 Reporting Form. After submitting the form, the SXU Health Center will be in touch with you about next steps.

Uploaded test results must clearly show your full name, date of birth, and date of collection in order for it to be accepted.

Test results must be uploaded weekly between 12:01 a.m. Monday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

It is best to plan on testing early in the week each week so that you will receive your test results to upload them before midnight on Sunday.

For students who have questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudentsFREESXU.

For SXU employees who have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesFREESXU.

You are fully vaccinated when you are two weeks past your final dose.

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.

If you are two weeks past your final dose and submitted your vaccine record to the SXU Health Center and are still receiving a notice to test, please email healthcenterFREESXU to verify your medical record.

Questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 protocols should be sent to healthinfoFREESXU.

Students with questions regarding compliance should contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudentsFREESXU.

SXU employees with questions regarding compliance should contact the Office of Human Resources at humanresourcesFREESXU.

For questions regarding the Patient Portal, please call 773-298-3712.

 

Upload Weekly Testing Results

Upload COVID-19 surveillance testing results to the SXU Health Center Patient Portal.

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Upload Proof of Vaccination

Upload proof of vaccination to the SXU Health Center Patient Portal.

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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.

COVID-19 Reporting Protocol

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and fill out a HIPAA-secure COVID-19 reporting form. Do not return to campus until you have spoken to someone from the Health Center. 

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. Reports received after 5pm on Fridays will be returned between 10am-4pm on Saturdays/Sundays. 

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.



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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.

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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. We are currently administering Pfizer (age 5+) and Moderna (age 18+) Monday through Friday, both primary series (dose 1 and 2) and booster doses. It is strongly recommended that everyone receive a booster dose (6 months after primary series for Pfizer/Moderna, 2 months after Johnson & Johnson). 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 5-15 years old. Moderna is approved under an EUA for those 18 years and up. Need an appointment? Call 773-298-3712 (preferred) 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.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines currently available, possible side effects and guidance for when you've been fully vaccinated.

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 significantly lower your risk of severe COVID disease.
  • Booster doses (5 months after 2nd dose for Pfizer, 6 months after 2nd dose for Moderna, 2 months after Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are strongly recommended to prevent symptomatic and severe COVID-19.

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.

Booster doses are currently approved under Emergency Use Authorization for people who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago. The CDC recommends people who are 65+ years old should receive a booster, as well as people 50-64 with certain medical conditions. People who are 18-64 years old with certain medical conditions or who are high risk due to their occupational exposure may get a booster dose.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago, it is now recommended by the CDC to get an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose. You may receive any of the three currently approved vaccines as your booster, but studies have shown the most benefit from receiving an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine as a booster after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


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.

I received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Visit the Patient Portal to submit your COVID-19 Vaccine Card.

Note: To be HIPAA-compliant, it is not recommended to email your vaccination card to healthinfoFREESXU or healthcenterFREESXU
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COVID-19 Testing Sites and Vaccines in Illinois

Testing Sites

There are now many locations for people to get tested for COVID-19, including many primary care offices and immediate care centers, such as  Midwest ExpressSMS Medical, or the Evergreen Care Station to name a few.


Find COVID-19 Testing Sites

*You should discuss the cost of testing with the testing site you choose. Some locations may require the cost of a visit to have the test completed, so make sure to verify this before you arrive. You are responsible for any related costs for testing; SXU will not reimburse you for the cost of testing.

Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available at clinics, primary care offices and pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS. Many sites are by appointment or by walk-in.


Find COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

*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.