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COVID-19 | Testing and Vaccines

 

Effective as of July 12, 2022, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has rescinded the requirement that higher education employees and students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing in order to access the university/college premises. Illinois Executive Order 2022-16 rescinds this prior requirement, and no further weekly testing is required at this time for persons who are not vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • It is still highly recommended that all students and employees remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. It is recommended that everyone 12 years old and up receive a bivalent (updated) booster dose at least two months after they complete their primary series (first and second dose) or their most recent booster.
  • The SXU Health Center offers COVID vaccines Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred (call 773-298-3712). We currently offer:
    • Pfizer bivalent (updated) boosters, 12 years old and up
    • Moderna bivalent (updated) boosters, 18 years old and up (coming soon)
    • Moderna primary series (first and second dose), 12 years old and up
    • Moderna pediatric primary series (first and second dose), ages six months to 11 years old
  • Requirement for 2022-2023 Academic Year: Students and employees should upload their COVID-19 vaccine records (if they have not already done so previously) to the Health Center's HIPAA-secure Patient Portal. Please see below for more information.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

This HIPAA-compliant form should be completed by the student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Upload Proof of Vaccination

Students and Employees: Visit the Health Center's Patient Portal to upload your COVID-19 Vaccine Card OR COVID-19 Vaccination Declination.

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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 COVID-19 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

If you have tested positive for 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. 

If you are experiencing symptoms suspicious of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact the Health Center at 773-298-3712 or Care Coordinator Anne Eastman-Kuziela at eastmankuzielaFREESXU. The Health Center will give advice about your specific situation and determine the best timing for testing, either at home or at the Health Center. You may also request a sick visit with a nurse practitioner.

After completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form, you will receive a call from the Health Center to discuss what symptoms you are experiencing and whether or not testing is recommended. Reports received outside of business hours will be addressed the next business day. Please wear a mask and stay home/in your room until you have been contacted. 

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.

 

COVID-19 Reporting Form

Please fill out this form if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Responses will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing and for our state-mandated reporting duties.

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Contact the Health Center

  • Phone: 773-298-3712
  • Driehaus Center, 3925 W. 103rd Street
  • Mon/Wed : 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tue/Thu: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Sat/Sun: Closed

Vaccines at the Health Center

The Health Center offers COVID vaccines Monday - Friday. Currently we are offering:
  •Pfizer bivalent (updated) boosters, 12+ years old       
  •Moderna bivalent (updated) boosters, 18+ years old (COMING SOON)
  •Moderna primary series (dose 1 & 2), 12+ years old 
  •Moderna pediatric primary series (dose 1 & 2), age 6 months - 11 years old

It is currently recommended that anyone 12 years and older receive one bivalent (updated) booster. These booster doses contain protection against the original SARS-CoV2 strain as well as the BA.4/BA.5 Omicron strains that are currently circulating.  Need an appointment? Call 773-298-3712. All are welcome!

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 Vaccines for COVID-19 and how to Stay Up to Date with your vaccinations. 

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.
  • Make sure to stay up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccination. For the best protection, it is recommended that everyone 6 months and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster dose if eligible. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

Turn in Vaccine Records

For the 2022-2023 academic year, it is required that every student and employee upload their COVID vaccination record (if this has not been completed previously) OR sign a COVID-19 Vaccine Declination form. Declination forms should be signed if an employee or student is not considered fully vaccinated* for COVID-19.

As with other required immunizations, failure to either upload a record of your COVID-19 vaccines OR complete a Declination Form will result in a hold being put on your registration. Employees may be subject to disciplinary action.

Immunization records can be uploaded to our HIPAA-compliant Patient Portal: Upload > COVID-19 Vaccination Record. The Declination Form can also be found in the Patient Portal: Forms > COVID-19 Vaccine Declination Form.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as two (2) Moderna/Pfizer vaccines OR one (1) Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Although booster doses are not part of the "fully vaccinated" definition, it is still strongly recommended to remain up-to-date with booster doses. 

 

SXU Patient Portal

Visit the Patient Portal to submit your COVID-19 Vaccine Card OR sign a Declination Form.

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

There are 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.

There are now several options for obtaining free at-home COVID-19 tests. You may obtain tests from a local or online pharmacy or order free tests from the government. 


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.