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COVID-19 | Testing and Vaccines


The SXU Health Center provides both COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to the campus community and to the general public:

  • Although SXU currently has no COVID-19 vaccination requirement, it is still highly recommended that all students and employees remain up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Effective July 12, 2022, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker rescinded the requirement that higher education employees and students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing in order to access the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.
  • 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, 6 months of age and older
    • Moderna primary series (first and second dose), 6 years of age and older

Testing at the Health Center

SXU students and employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may schedule a test at the SXU Health Center. Testing can be requested after an exposure or may be performed during a sick visit with a nurse practitioner. If you have questions about testing or would like to make an appointment, please call 773-298-3712.

Positive for COVID-19: Returning to campus

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home. This CDC Isolation and Exposure Calculator will tell you, based on when your symptoms started, when you can return to campus and when you can stop masking after testing positive. Following this guidance will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

As of February 15, 2023, the Health Center is no longer tracking positive cases on campus and therefore the COVID-19 reporting form has been inactivated. The Health Center staff is always available to answer any COVID-19 questions regarding topics such as testing after an exposure, symptoms, positive tests, or vaccinations. Please call 773-298-3712, email healthcenterFREESXU, or send a HIPAA-secure message through our Patient Portal and your question will answered during business hours.

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-19 vaccines Monday through Friday. Currently we are offering:

  • Pfizer bivalent (updated) boosters, 12 years old and up
  • Moderna bivalent (updated) boosters, 6 months of age and older
  • Moderna primary series (first and second dose), 6 years of age and older

It is currently recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for COVID-19. People are considered up-to-date with their vaccinations if they have received a primary series (first and second dose) followed by a bivalent (updated) booster at least 2 months after their last vaccination. 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 primary series and bivalent booster dose.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Testing Sites and Vaccines in Illinois


It is recommended that you have several COVID-19 tests in your home that you can use if you start to feel unwell. You may obtain tests through your insurance from a local or online pharmacy or order free tests from the government.

If you need a rapid or PCR COVID-19 test from a medical facility there are many options. Many primary care offices offer this testing now as well as urgent/immediate care centers. Examples of these include Midwest Express, SMS Medical, or the Evergreen Care Station.

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. 


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.