University of Illinois to require COVID-19 vaccines for all on-campus students

Anyone who will work, study remotely is exempt from requirement

All students who will be on any of the University of Illinois campuses this fall will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to a news release, the university system released the guidelines Monday, and students who will work or study remotely are exempt from the vaccination requirement.

“This requirement is consistent with our own scientific modeling of the risks associated with the spread of the virus and its variants. It is also consistent with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s goals,” according to the message.

According to the guidelines, anyone who cannot be vaccinated will need to follow campus-specific guidelines and “any exemption protocols” issued by the university.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, students have helped make the University of Illinois System a model for the nation – a model of community, a model of safety and a model of pulling together for the common good. We look forward to their help in setting the standard again this fall, a semester that will restore most in-person instruction and many of the other traditional rhythms of campus life that COVID interrupted last year. Widespread vaccinations will help us do that,” according to the message.

Additional guidance and vaccination information will be monitored, and adjustments may be made “based on advances in scientific understanding and updated guidance from public health authorities,” according to the message.

Guidance for staff will be released later this summer.