August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that all higher education personnel and students will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This encompasses both public and private institutions.

With this state mandate, if someone cannot or does not get vaccinated before the deadline, they will be included in the campus testing protocols. As long as unvaccinated individuals comply with testing protocols they will be considered compliant for the fall semester.

According to the statewide mandate, employees and students must receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by Sept. 5, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received by 30 days after the first dose. If they do not, they will be required to participate in regular testing.

Information on how to request a religious or medical exemption from vaccination can be found in the box to the right.