This week’s message includes information about Finals Week and summer COVID-19 testing availability, on-campus vaccination clinics for the public and ISU community, and second dose clinics.  

Please note:  The May 6 clinic may be the last first dose on-campus vaccination clinic until further notice. This clinic will be providing the Pfizer vaccine. 

Visit Illinois State University’s Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information and guidance. Questions can be emailed to        

Finals Week and summer COVID-19 testing hours
Finals Week COVID testing hours 

Antigen testing for asymptomatic students and employees is available Monday-Thursday (May 3-6) at the following times and locations:        

  • 9 a.m.-Noon:  Former fire station at 604 N. Adelaide St., Normal   
  • 1-4 p.m.:  Temporary building in the parking lot between Watterson Towers and Stevenson Hall        

Summer COVID testing for students: 

  • May 7-August 6, students can receive antigen COVID testing Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at Student Health Services.  No appointment is necessary to participate in COVID testing. 

Summer COVID testing for faculty and staff:  

  • Testing for faculty and staff will end May 6 and resume June 1.  Beginning, June 1, testing will be provided Monday-Friday in the temporary building in the parking lot between Watterson Towers and Stevenson Hall.  More information about testing for faculty and staff will be provided closer to June 1. 

PCR COVID-19 testing remains available for students, faculty, and staff at the Interstate Center testing site, which has reduced days of operation due to changes in public demand.  Students testing at this site should share positive test results with Student Health Services by uploading them to the Secure Patient Health Portal. Sharing test results will ensure students have proper documentation for classes, housing, and/or employment.        

Students experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or who believe that they were exposed to a person with COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services at (309) 438-7676 for direction regarding quarantine and/or to schedule an initial screening and make an appointment to be tested. Symptomatic employees should contact their healthcare provider for testing or to make an appointment.               

Visit the Student Health Services website for the most up-to-date information about testing.  

On-campus vaccination clinics for the public and ISU community
On-campus vaccination clinics are now open to the public and members of the Illinois State community.  

The May 6 clinic may be the last “first dose” clinic on campus until further notice due to widespread vaccine availability in the communityIndividuals can walk-in or pre-register for this clinic.  As has been the case, individuals who have received a first dose on campus can receive a second dose (see “Second dose vaccination clinics” below).  

The registration link for on-campus vaccination clinics will be available at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursdays for the following week (i.e., the link for May 6 clinic will become available at approximately 3 p.m. on April 29). The University is expecting to receive the Pfizer vaccine for on-campus clinics. 

Although the University will make every effort to have the registration link available at approximately 3 p.m., the release time is dependent on the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) and may be subject to change. Individuals are encouraged to periodically check the registration site to see if additional appointments have been added to a clinic.    

A “Standby List” registration link will also be added for each clinic. In the event that appointment times become available at the end of a clinic (e.g., cancellations, no shows), individuals on the list will be contacted near the end of the clinic to quickly arrive at the clinic site so that all remaining vaccine doses can be administered. Add your name to available standby lists on the University’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage.     

Students and employees are encouraged to seek additional opportunities for vaccination as on-campus clinics are limited. Learn more about MCHD and statewide vaccination sites, as well as review a listing of all vaccination sites in Illinois, which includes local pharmacies. There is no requirement that students and employees be vaccinated on campus.       

While participation is not required, all students and employees are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.      

Illinois State University remains in constant contact with the MCHD regarding vaccine availability for the campus community. MCHD determines when and how much vaccine the University receives based on the distribution of vaccines from the state and need at the University which is based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHP). Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and on-campus vaccination clinics by reading the FAQs on the Coronavirus website.         

Second dose vaccination clinics
Individuals who participate in on-campus clinics that are staffed by the McLean County Health Department will make their second dose appointment at the clinic.  Student Health Services will have very limited involvement in clinics staffed by the McLean County Health Department, or their partners, and should not be contacted regarding questions about on-campus clinics.