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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has developed a vaccine plan, following initial guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vaccination Locations

Most healthcare providers are now vaccinating the patients aged 65 and older (including Northwestern Medicine, for its current patients). Northwestern faculty and staff who are 65 or older should contact their health care provider to inquire whether they can provide the vaccine. Alternatively, you can leverage the below vaccination provider resources for registration/appointment scheduling:

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Northwestern be administering or distributing the vaccine directly to students, faculty, and staff?

Northwestern has established a vaccine clinic space to administer the vaccine directly to students, faculty, and staff as they are eligible. Northwestern does not currently have direct access to vaccine supply, but receives small allocations from Evanston Health and Human Services each week. Individuals will be contacted by the University when there is an opportunity for them to get vaccinated through the Northwestern clinic.

Will Northwestern require the vaccine in order for faculty and staff to come to campus?

No decisions about vaccine requirements have been made at this time.

I thought Phase 1(b) was focused on individuals over the age of 75, not 65?

The week of January 4th, the state of Illinois announced that it would adjust the ages for Phase 1(b) down to 65 years old.

Do frontline essential workers include everyone who works for Northwestern?

“Frontline essential workers” does not broadly include those working in higher education in the state’s plan. However, some members of the University will qualify during this phase due to their age or the unique aspects of their job.

Why have some faculty, staff, and students already been vaccinated by Northwestern Medicine, while others have not?

Certain members of the Northwestern University community, given their exposure to healthcare settings, will be included in Northwestern Medicine’s vaccination plan. For now, their focus remains on individuals considered in Phase 1(a).

Will Northwestern play a role in prioritizing who gets access to the vaccine first?

So far, Northwestern has not been asked by public health to prioritize who in its community should be prioritized for vaccination. An internal group is working to identify which faculty, staff, and students should be prioritized, in the event we are asked for that information.

When will all members of the community have access to the vaccine, if they want it?

We don’t know yet, but we expect the vaccine will be more widely available in the coming months.

Are TAs considered faculty and/or staff for purposes of qualifying for the vaccination?

Teaching assistants and research assistants are not faculty or staff. However, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago public health departments have agreed to make TAs and RAs eligible now under the State’s plan, and effective March 29th under the City’s plan.

Are post-docs considered faculty and/or staff for purposes of qualifying for the vaccination?

Post-docs are considered staff and should follow the vaccination guidance previously issued for faculty and staff.

If I live in Chicago and work in Evanston, do I follow the City of Chicago requirements/deadlines or Evanston requirements/deadlines?

In this scenario, you can be vaccinated under either set of guidelines. Evanston’s plan includes anyone working in Evanston, and Chicago’s plan includes anyone living in Chicago. You should get the vaccine wherever it is available to you.

I am working from home, do I still qualify for the vaccination under 1C/should I still check “non-front-line essential worker?"

Yes, you are still eligible as a faculty or staff member in higher education.