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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

COVID-19 Fall 2021 Vaccination Plan

Western Illinois University is currently not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students or employees for the fall 2021 academic year, however, this could change at any time depending on federal and state requirements. The University expects members of the campus community to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

All students, faculty, and staff are REQUIRED to participate in COVID-19 testing located in the University Union. Testing is required each week for those individuals who do not want to receive the vaccination or who have a medical or religious exemption. Please see the COVID-19 testing section for more information regarding testing program and protocols. Individuals may opt out of testing if they provide proof of vaccination.

Vaccines recognized by Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time.

Platform Vaccine Name Manufacturer
mRNA BNT162b2/Tozinameran/COMIRNATY® Pfizer-BioNTech
mRNA mRNA-1273 Moderna
Ad26 Ad26.COV2.S Johnson&Johnson
ChAdOx1 Azd1222 AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
ChAdOx1 Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant Sinopharm Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant CoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc) Sinovac Biotech

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

There are two simple ways an individual can submit their COVID-19 vaccination information.

  1. Click on the button below to visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal
  2. If an individual does not want to electronically upload their information, they can physically show their card to University staff at the following locations:
    1. WIU-Macomb Students: Beu Health Center
    2. WIU-Macomb Employees: Sherman Hall 321 (Vice President for Student Success)
    3. WIU-QC Employees: Riverfront Hall
    4. WIU-QC Students: Contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888

HAVE YOU BEEN FULLY VACCINATED?
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How is the information shared/stored?
  • Students: Student information is stored securely in the health portal through the Beu Health Center, along with other immunization records. This information is only available to health care personnel. The student’s name (no other information) is shared electronically in processes to remove them from the WIU Self-Check list, enter them into the incentive drawings, and to add them to a comprehensive running list of all members of the institution who are vaccinated for follow-up purposes.
  • Employees: Employee information is stored securely in Google Drive after submission. The uploaded image is then confirmed and the file is deleted (within 48-72 hours). No other information pertaining to dates, type of vaccine, personal or health related is collected. The employee’s name (no other information) is shared electronically in processes to remove them from the WIU Self-Check list, enter them into the incentive drawings, and to add them to a comprehensive running list of all members of the institution who are vaccinated for follow-up purposes.
Benefits of providing COVID-19 proof of vaccination:
  • Will not have to participate in weekly required testing program.
  • Individuals who are vaccinated no longer need to quarantine in the event they are contact traced (unless they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms).
  • They will be removed from the WIU daily self-check reminder emails. (Individuals should allow 5-7 days after submitting information before they stop receiving the daily self-check reminder.) Faculty, students, and staff should continue to utilize the self-check to monitor their health (regardless of vaccination).
  • Entered into a drawing for a chance to win Rocky Dollars Cash!
  • If the vaccine ever does become required by state or federal law like other required immunizations, this will be on file and no further action will be needed.

Incentive Contest for Vaccinations and Testing Program

Being a responsible Leatherneck includes taking measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by making every effort to prevent the spread of this disease. The best way to fully return to a more traditional campus experience is to continue to follow public health guidance, which includes getting vaccinated.

Students, staff, and faculty physically coming onto campus who do not provide evidence of receiving the COVID vaccine will be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program.  Failure to participate will result in student conduct/human resource disciplinary action.

Vaccination Incentives

Members of the campus community who are taking classes or working on campus, who are fully vaccinated (see fully vaccinated definition below in FAQ), and who upload their COVID-19 vaccination information prior to the first day of class will be entered to win one of the following incentives.

15 Week Vaccination Incentive Drawing:
  • $25 in Rocky Dollars added to their WIU ID Card (Awarded to 25 students) 
  • $25 in Rocky Dollars added to their WIU ID Card (Awarded to 25 employees) 

Winners will be notified at their Western Illinois University email address the week of December 20.

15 Week Testing Program Incentive Drawing:
  • $100 in Rocky Dollars added to their WIU ID Card (Awarded to 100 students) 
  • $100 in Rocky Dollars added to their WIU ID Card (Awarded to 75 employees) 

Winners will be notified at their Western Illinois University email address the week of December 20.

 Where can I use Rocky Dollars?
  • University Bookstore
  • Dividends (Stipes)
  • Union Food Court
  • Laundry Machines
  • Vending Machines
  • Dining Centers & Convenience Stores
  • Library Color Printer
Incentive Terms and Conditions

By providing proof of your COVID-19 vaccination documentation or participating in the WIU testing program for the purpose of participating in the Western Illinois University (WIU) vaccination incentive contest you hereby agree to, understand, and represent the following:

  • Receiving a prize through the incentive contest is completely voluntary
  • All winners will be selected at random selection
  • To be eligible for a vaccination incentive, you must upload or visually produce documentation confirming that you are fully vaccinated and have received a COVID vaccine recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. International students must be fully vaccinated and have received a vaccination recognized on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of COVID vaccines that have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy
  • To be eligible for a testing program incentive, you must successfully complete at least (1) COVID-19 test at the WIU testing site located on campus each week for the duration of the semester (15 weeks/15 test results total)
  • Western Illinois Beu Health Center and WIU Risk Management will maintain the confidentiality of your vaccine/testing documentation as part of your patient file and consistent with all applicable state and federal privacy protections
  • You must be a student enrolled for at least one credit hour for the academic semester or a currently employed employee working at WIU to be eligible to receive an incentive prize
  • Any scholarship award may impact any financial aid you receive, and you understand that you should consult with financial aid prior to accepting the scholarship
  • You may refuse to accept an incentive prize, in which event the prize you were awarded will be provided to another eligible individual
  • A scholarship may be taxable, and you are responsible for any payment of any taxes
  • You may not convert any incentive award to cash or to any other thing of value
  • You may only win one COVID-19 Incentive
  • Entrees not selected automatically become eligible and roll to the next drawing
  • Rocky Dollar amounts will carry over from fall to spring semesters. At the conclusion of the spring semester, any remaining balance will be forfeited.
  • Western Illinois University has not made any promises or commitments to you to secure your participation in the incentive, nor have you been threatened or coerced into participation

Vaccination Clinics

Western Illinois University expects all members of the campus community to get vaccinated. By doing so, it will allow campus to return to normal operations at a faster pace. The following free opportunities are available for individuals to participate in.

  • WIU-Macomb Campus vaccination clinics:
    Date Time Location Vaccine(s) Open To Public
    Monday, Oct. 25 9am-2pm Union Sandburg Lounge Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Yes
    Tuesday, Nov. 9 9am-2pm Union Sandburg Lounge Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Yes
    All participants must complete and bring with them the consent form.
  • McDonough County vaccination clinics: https://getyourcovidshot.com/vaccine-calendar
  • Rock Island County vaccination clinics: https://richd.org/
  • Vaccines.gov - Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you
  • Individuals are also encouraged to visit their local Hy-Vee, CVS, Wal-Mart, or pharmacy for information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

Why Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Beu Health Center's Medical Chief of Staff receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Beu Health Center's Medical Chief of Staff receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. There are many reasons to get vaccinated, including:

  • The COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic and when we can return to "normal".

View more information related to the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Western Illinois University expects all members of the University Community to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. If an individual does decide not to vaccinate, they are REQUIRED to participate in the University’s weekly testing program. Individuals should know that campus protocols regarding vaccinations may change at any time depending on federal and state requirements.

Can I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Can I still contract or spread COVID-19 after being vaccinated?

Yes. It’s important to note that, while these vaccines are highly effective, there is still the chance that if you are exposed to the virus you could contract COVID-19 after having received the vaccination. On a campus of 11,000 people, 95% efficacy still translates to 550 individuals being vulnerable to the disease. For these reasons, all Leathernecks will continue to follow the Protect the ‘Necks Pledge, including wearing a face mask correctly and consistently, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be offered on campus?

WIU continues to work closely with the McDonough County and Rock Island County Health Departments to provide vaccination clinics. It is the University’s intention to continue to coordinate with these entities to provide on-campus clinics throughout the year when applicable. Members of the campus community are encouraged to visit bit.ly/FindVaxClinic to find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic close to them.

If I’ve already received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, can I get my second dose at a campus clinic?

Yes, if your first dose was received outside of Macomb or Moline, you can attend a campus clinic to receive your second dose. You must bring your CDC card showing your first dose with you. You will want to make sure and check before attending that the vaccination being administered is the same manufacturer as your first dose.

What side effects should I expect from the vaccine?

You may experience some mild side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects after your second dose may be more intense than after your first dose. Learn more about what side effects to expect.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

Fully vaccinated is defined as taking any of the current three vaccine options – Pfizer (2 shots required- 21 days between shot 1 and shot 2), Moderna (2 shots required-28 days between shot 1 and shot 2), or the Johnson and Johnson (1 shot required), plus 14 days following the last shot.). In addition to these three common vaccinations within the United States, WIU will acknowledge other vaccines approved through the World Health Organization (WHO). For a complete list of WHO approved vaccines, please see above.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I still get the vaccine?

Yes, even after an individual recovers from having COVID-19, there is scientific evidence that shows that receiving a vaccine helps reduce the chances of reinfection.

What if I don’t feel well after being vaccinated? Should I still go to class? Will my absence be excused?

Because fatigue, headache, fever and muscle pain are common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly in younger individuals, students should carefully consider how any side effects might affect coursework, deadlines, and exams. Take note of dates you want to avoid — again, knowing that the second dose needs to be administered 21-42 days after the first. Finally, for any COVID-19 medical inquiries, please contact the Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888.

What if I am a minor?

Minors should call Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888 ext. 221 and a staff member will assist.

What if I am fully vaccinated, but can't find my card?

First, please reach out to the entity or the jurisdictional health department that the vaccination was administered by. If you are an Illinois resident, you can register at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/vaxverify and look up the immunization information. If you are not an Illinois resident, you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/iis/contacts-locate-records.html, go to your respective state, and access the immunization portal information.

Can I receive my COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?

FTo be fully vaccinated with the covid vaccine, the doses must be from the same manufacturer. The only exception would be if there was a reaction from one manufacturer to get another one.

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources