Testing for Individuals with a COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption
In August, the State of Illinois mandated individuals with medical or religious exemptions must submit a negative COVID-19 test result each week.
Students, faculty and staff are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test. These tests will not be offered on campus. Free testing sites are available throughout the Peoria area. If free testing is not available, testing must be done at the patient's expense, where permitted by law. The university must approve any reimbursement for testing before the testing occurs.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days you do not need to test during this 90 day period. Please notify Health Services if this is the case.
A test must either have emergency use authorization by the FDA or operate pursuant to the laboratory-developed test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Home tests do not qualify.
Students and employees who fail to participate in the testing protocols or who have provided false documentation may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the university.
The recent Supreme Court decisions do not impact the existing State of Illinois mandate regarding vaccination and testing in higher education. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and other governing agencies.
We are exploring the potential availability of asymptomatic testing in the very near campus vicinity. We will continue to communicate with you regarding testing options and changes as they become available.