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Vaccinate or Weekly Screening Test FAQs

FAQs for Students

Updated 10/5/21

Must I be vaccinated to come to campus?

Vaccination is encouraged. Once you are vaccinated, you will be able to come and go on campus unless you have symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, whether you are vaccinated or not, do not come to campus. If you are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine, you can choose to have a weekly screening test instead.

Where should I test?

Testing is in the Student/Conference Center (Building H), room H-210.

Testing Hours
Monday: 8 a.m. – noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (7 – 7:30 a.m. reserved for dual credit students)
Thursday: 7 am – 1 pm (7 – 7:30 a.m. reserved for dual credit students)

What is SHIELD Illinois?

SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.

Do I need to follow any special instructions for testing?

Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), brush teeth, chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products for 60 minutes before providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in your account on the SHIELD IL patient portal after the lab results are completed.

How do I create my SHIELD Portal account?

In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s), please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. You will see the student’s results in your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

Website: Portal.shieldillinois.com

Agency Code: Highland Community College

Students: 7rkl19t9-stu

You may also find instructions on creating patient portals and creating dependent portals for minors attached and on the links above.

How do I provide my vaccination record?

Submit your proof of vaccination online or bring your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card to Admissions (located on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center) for verification.

Where can I get vaccinated?

There are locations including pharmacies and health department vaccination clinics offering the vaccines. You may use this link (also found on the Highland website) to locate clinics and locations for vaccination: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/vaccines/vaccination-locations.html

How often do I need to test

Students should test a minimum of once per week if they have not received the Covid-19 vaccine. The test is free to employees and students.

Can I go to class right away or do I have to wait on the results?

Continue to self-monitor for symptoms, and do not come to campus if you are sick. The weekly testing is a screening process; therefore, you do not need to wait for results before going to class or being on campus.

What if I have a medical reason for not wanting to be vaccinated?

Requests for a medical exemption will be reviewed by the vice president of student development, Liz Gerber. Students who choose not to take the vaccine for medical reasons may utilize the weekly testing process to meet the state of Illinois requirement.

What if I have a religious reason for not wanting to be vaccinated?

Requests for a religious exemption will be reviewed by the vice president of student development, Liz Gerber. Students who choose not to take the vaccine for religious reasons may utilize the weekly testing process to meet the state of Illinois requirement.

What if I do not have classes on campus?

Students who are fully remote (online) are not impacted by the vaccine or test mandate. Students who use campus occasionally may need to provide vaccination information or test. More information about specific groups of students will be forthcoming.

Are building entrances going to be limited?

No, the College will be monitoring vaccination and testing records to ensure students and employees are meeting the requirement. If someone does not meet the requirement, they will be contacted by the College and given the option to receive the vaccine or test on a weekly basis.

If I have symptoms can I get tested on campus through SHIELD Illinois?

No, you need to find an alternative COVID-19 testing site.

If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, due to symptoms or potential exposure, please do not come to the Highland Community College campus. If you are a student, contact your instructor(s) regarding your situation.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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