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Illinois deploying community vaccination teams to SIU Carbondale

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- The State of Illinois is deploying a team of community vaccinators to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to help the education system meet the vaccine mandate for higher education.

The State is also reaching out to community colleges and other higher education institutions across Illinois to make similar vaccination programs available on their campuses.

READ MORE: Illinois requiring vaccines for all P-12 school employees, higher education personnel, students

“Vaccination remains the most important tool we have to keep people safe and out of the hospital, and I’m committed to making the free COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “My administration is working with the entire Illinois higher education landscape to ensure they have the tools they need to support a healthy campus. I want to thank SIU-C for their leadership in supporting the Carbondale community and bringing this pandemic to an end.”

“We greatly appreciate Gov. Pritzker’s leadership during these tough times and are grateful for the support from the governor’s office and Illinois Department of Public Health,” said SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane. “Vaccinations are proven to be the best strategy for individuals to protect themselves and others. We have strongly promoted them since March and welcome the opportunity to set up a clinic to help our faculty, staff and students comply with the governor’s vaccination mandate.”

The State will deploy rapid response vaccination teams starting Thursday, September 2.  Vaccination clinics will be established at the SIU Student Center and will offer the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the two dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now called Comirnaty. 

No appointment is necessary for vaccinations on the following days:

Thursday, September 28:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 38:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 78:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 88:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 98:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 108:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Last week, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high risk settings, including healthcare workers, nursing home employees, all pre-k through 12 teachers and staff and higher education personnel and students.  

Workers who are not fully vaccinated or who opt out for medical or religious reasons must follow a routine testing schedule to detect cases early and prevent further spread. Testing will be required a minimum of once per week in schools and healthcare facilities. The frequency of testing may be required to increase in the event of positive cases.
Healthcare, school workers, and higher education personnel and students attending in-person classes who do not provide proof of vaccination will be prevented from entering healthcare and educational facilities unless they follow the required testing protocol. 

Coronavirus Resources

  • Are you fully vaccinated? Click here for guidance from the CDC.
  • Click here for the latest information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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