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In the university's COVID-19 update for the week of Feb. 25, the university provided updated information regarding COVID-19 vaccination for employees and answered questions regarding the vaccination process due to the state expanding phase 1b of the vaccine distribution plan. The university continues to encourage students and employees to utilize the on-campus testing sites. 

In the university's weekly COVID-19 update, information was provided regarding phase 1B of the state's vaccine distribution plan and how to sign-up for on-campus vaccination clinics along with information regarding COVID-19 testing for students, staff and faculty.

Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday, Feb. 10 that phase 1b for the state's vaccine distribution plan will be expanded as of Feb. 25 to include individuals with high-risk medical conditions along with prioritizing those with disabilities. This will be referred to as phase 1B part two. 

Illinois State University has been informed by the McLean County Health Department that they will not begin vaccinating part two of phase 1B at this time. The university will not be vaccinating employees with high-risk medical conditions based on their high-risk conditions. Employees at ISU with high-risk medical conditions should consult with their primary care doctor for further guidance. 

ISU remains in contact with MCHD and continues to monitor the progress of vaccine distribution in the county. 

Employees who are eligible for the vaccine should receive an email in their ilstu from Student Health Services indicating that the vaccine is expected to be received soon. Once employees make a vaccine appointment, they should notify their supervisors to ensure operational needs of the department are met. 

While it is not required, employees are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine. 

COVID-19 testing remains available for students, staff and faculty at the on-campus testing sites. 

Testing for asymptomatic students and employees is located at the old firehouse station behind Cardinal Court at 604 N. Adelaide Str. and in the mobile home located in The Alamo II parking lot Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For those experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should call Student Health Service for directions regarding quarantine and making an appointment for testing. 

The university encourages students and employees to participate in bi-weekly COVID-19 testing. 

The full update can be read below. 

GRACE KINNICUTT is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at gkinnic@ilstu.edu Follow Kinnicutt on Twitter at @GKinnicutt 

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