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COVID Vaccine Clinics (WIU-Macomb Campus); WIU-Macomb Test Clinic Hour Changes; Flu Shots

October 4, 2022


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MACOMB, IL – The McDonough County Health Department, in cooperation with Western Illinois University, will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, including Pfizer and Moderna Bivalent (Omicron) boosters for WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the general public Tuesday, Oct. 25 on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Booster recommendations are in place for the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. First and second shots, as well as boosters (including the fourth booster option), will be available at the WIU campus vaccination clinics.

Vaccine Clinics

The walk-in clinic will be held in the University Union Sandburg Lounge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 for individuals 12 years of age and older. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at no cost, and an appointment is not needed.

In addition, healthcare and pharmacy partners continue to offer vaccines. To find a provider, visit vaccines.gov. WIU-Quad Cities students, faculty and staff should visit vaccines.gov or richd.org.

WIU encourages members of the University community to take advantage of the free vaccination clinics. Supervisors are authorized to approve up to 60 minutes of release time from work for an employee to receive the vaccine. Proof of vaccination/appointment, presented to the supervisor, will be required to utilize the release time. Time off needed beyond 60 minutes should be reported as sick or vacation leave.

Test Clinics: Macomb & Moline Campuses (Update: Days Changing)

While testing is no longer required for unvaccinated individuals, WIU health and risk management officials encourage continued frequent testing (at least once per week) for all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated).

WIU-Macomb students, faculty, and staff can attend free COVID-19 antigen-based (simple nasal swab) testing clinics in the University Union Student Organization Center (SOC) (basement level). Fall test clinics are held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The University will adjust schedules based on demand and usage. Appointments are not needed; walk-ins welcome.

WIU-QC campus students, faculty, and staff can obtain a test kit at Riverfront Hall reception Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The University COVID-19 testing center on the Macomb campus is for individuals who are asymptomatic. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms, should contact Beu Health Center (309) 298-1888 or their primary care physician. Employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care physician. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days do not need to test as long as they do not re-develop symptoms. Individuals who re-develop symptoms within three months of having COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

Quarantine/Isolation Updates

The University has adjusted current quarantine and isolation protocols to reflect the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) exposure and isolation guidance.

Individuals who are exposed to an individual with COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine; however, they should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and wear a face covering indoors when around others for a period of 10 days. On day 6, individuals should take a COVID-19 test.

Regardless of vaccination status, if an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for a period of five days. Individuals with no symptoms, may end isolation after day 5, but need to continue to wear a face covering through day 10. If an individual has symptoms and they have improved and are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), they may end isolation after five days, but need to continue to wear a face covering through day 10. Individuals who experience moderate or severe symptoms, including shortness of breath, hospitalization, or have a weakened immune system should complete a full 10 days of isolation and are encouraged to consult with their primary care provider for additional guidance related to isolation.

For more information, visit wiu.edu/coronavirus.

WIU Employees/Retiree Flu Shot Clinic (Macomb Campus)

The McDonough County Health Department will offer a free flu shot clinic on the Macomb campus for WIU employees and retirees from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the University Union Heritage Room.

WIU Students* Flu Shot Clinics (Macomb Campus)

Beu Health Center will hold free flu shot clinics for WIU students in the University Union concourse from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11; and from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28, and Nov. 1 and 3.

* Valid WIU ID required.




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