COVID-19 Testing Updates in Champaign County

Post-holiday gatherings, it is critical to get tested to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To address the demand for testing, the community testing site at Market Place Mall Due will be open Monday through Friday (12/27/21–12/31/21) from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Starting next week on January 3 until further notice, it will be open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Per the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, please do NOT use Carle, OSF, Christie Clinic, or Promise Healthcare for COVID testing unless you have symptoms, a high-risk exposure or when directed there by your healthcare provider. Please use the mall testing site, SHIELD-CU sites (YMCA, CRCE, or Parkland), the free rapid test site at the southeast corner of Springfield & Duncan, or Campustown Urgent Care for COVID testing.

For a full list of all testing options available in Champaign County, visit the CUPHD website.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping Champaign County Safe.

Testing Schedule During the Holidays

With surges in COVID-19 cases happening locally and around the country, testing before gathering for the holidays is critical. A variety of testing options are available for Champaign County residents. It is recommended to test as close as possible to your gathering and stay vigilant after testing.

Community Based Testing at Market Place Mall (South Mall Entrance off Market St.)

  • Available for all ages
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Register in advance here
  • Holiday Schedule:
    • Christmas Eve—Closed
    • Christmas Day—Closed
    • New Year’s Eve—Open
    • New Year’s Day—Closed

SHIELD CU COVID-19 Testing

  • Available to ages 5 and up
  • Download Safer Community app to receive test results
  • Holiday Schedule:
    • Closed December 24–25 and December 31–January 1
  • Parkland Community College
    • Testing located indoors on the west side of the campus in Building E
    • Monday: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) | 1102 Gregory Dr., Urbana
    • Parking available at meters on Dorner Dr. or meters in lot F28
    • Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    • Monday: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Closed from lunch 11:30 a.m.–Noon
  • Stephens Family YMCA | 2501 Fields Dr. S., Champaign, North Pavillion
    • Monday–Friday 6:00–8:00 a.m. and 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Make an appointment here. Walk-ins also welcome.
    • Holiday Schedule: Closed December 23–24 and December 31

Rapid tests are also available at local retailers and drug stores. Inventory is continually being replenished so check back at local shops frequently.

For more information on all testing options, visit Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Current COVID-19 Statistics in Champaign County

As we approach the year-end holidays, vaccinations, boosters, and testing continue to be critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. The following statistics are provided by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on the status of cases and hospitalizations in Champaign County.

Please continue to wear a mask indoors when in public settings. Get vaccinated, or if already vaccinated, get your booster.

Find information on the availability of vaccines and boosters here.

COVID-19 Booster and Pediatric Vaccinations Available

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continue community-based COVID-19 booster and Pfizer pediatric vaccination clinics. 

Illinois Conference Center off of St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

  • Boosters only
  • December 1st, 2nd, and 10th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed (Enter through the conference center doors on the east side of the complex and not the iHotel)

*PLEASE NOTE DECEMBER 10TH WILL BE THE LAST DAY FOR BOOSTERS AT THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE CENTER.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Moderna and Pfizer booster appointments are available through MyCarle and the Carle hotline at (217) 902-6100 for the weekend clinic. 
  • December 5: 
    • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Pediatric vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

Christie Clinic:

  • Christie Clinic is partnering with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health (CUPHD) to staff and administer COVID-19 vaccines at community-based clinics.  
  • Parents and guardians of Christie Clinic patients aged 5-11 are encouraged to sign their child up for one of the above-mentioned community vaccine clinics.

Promise Healthcare:

  • Promise Healthcare is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only for 5-11. Call 217-403-5402.
  • 805 Bloomington Road (a few steps away from our main clinic) in Champaign.
  • Boosters are available for all adults; walk-in appointments are available for both adult vaccinations and boosters.
  • Testing is by appointment only for all ages.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through school districts and other retail locations.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

COVID-19 Booster and Pediatric Vaccinations Available

Additional community vaccination clinics continue next week

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are hosting additional community-based COVID-19 booster and Pfizer pediatric vaccination clinics next week. 

Illinois Conference Center off of St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

  • Boosters only
  • November 22nd, 23rd, 30th; December 1st, 2nd
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed (Please enter through the conference center doors on the east side of the complex and not the iHotel)

*Due to the high rate of infection in Illinois, boosters are available to anyone 18 years of age and older who are at least six months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna and two months after the initial J&J dose.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Appointments are available through MyCarle and the Carle hotline at (217) 902-6100. Carle community vaccine clinics will be staffed with many of the care providers from Carle Pediatric and Family Medicine areas or are specially trained to administer vaccine to children.
  • Weekend clinic hours through November: 
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • December 4th – 5th
    • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Moderna and Pfizer booster appointments at Kohl’s Plaza can also be scheduled at MyCarle and through the hotline.
  • Pediatric vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

Christie Clinic:

  • Christie Clinic is partnering with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health (CUPHD) to staff and administer COVID-19 vaccines at community-based clinics.  
  • Parents and guardians of Christie Clinic patients aged 5-11 are encouraged to sign their child up for one of the above-mentioned community vaccine clinics.

Promise Healthcare:

  • Promise Healthcare is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for children 5-11 years old. 
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only for 5-11. Call 217-403-5402.
  • 805 Bloomington Road (a few steps away from our main clinic) in Champaign.
  • We are taking another step forward in our nation’s fight against the COVID-19 virus.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through school districts and other retail locations.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Children

Community vaccination clinics available by appointment for children age 5-11

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are hosting community-based COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics for children age 5-11. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release, “In the U.S., COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18 years of age. According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalization. As of Oct. 17, 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. in individuals less than 18 years of age, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). 

iHotel and Conference Center – 111 St. Mary’s Road, Champaign

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

  • Appointments will be available soon through MyCarle and Carle.org. Carle community vaccine clinics will be staffed with many of the care providers from Carle Pediatric and Family Medicine areas or are specially trained to administer vaccine to children.
  • Beginning this Saturday, weekends in November:
    • Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Vaccine appointments will be made available at primary care locations at a later date.

OSF HealthCare:

Pharmacies:

Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through the child’s school.

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Parkland College Shield CU Testing Moves to E Building

Beginning Saturday, October 30, Parkland College’s SHIELD CU testing site will be located in the E building on Parkland’s main campus.

As building access is restricted, the E building must be entered through door E1; use the B5 parking lot for closer access.

Testing hours at the new site are: Monday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

You must use the Safer Community app to receive your test results from SHIELD CU testing. For more information about the app, building access, or Parkland’s COVID Monitoring System and guidelines, please visit parkland.edu/covid19.

Champaign County COVID-19 Pfizer Booster Vaccinations Available

Community vaccination clinics to begin next week for eligible individuals.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be hosting community-based COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccination clinics beginning next week. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease. Additional information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

Upcoming community clinics include:

iHotel and Conference Center – 1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign

Pfizer booster vaccinations will be given to individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • 65 years of age or older, 50-64 years of age with underlying health conditions, healthcare workers, and first responders who have completed their 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer
  • Must be at least 6 months after the 2nd dose
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed
  • October 5th – 7th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kohl’s Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign

Pfizer booster vaccinations are available to all eligible individuals at this location. 

  • Booster appointments can be scheduled through MyCarle and at carle.org/covid-19
  • October 5th – 7th, 12th – 14th, 19th – 21st  
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Pharmacies:

Additional note:

Eligibility for the community-based COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccination clinics will continue to expand based on the criteria set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at: https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

Testing Site to Open at Stephen’s Family YMCA

Stephens Family YMCA in Champaign, Illinois has announced it will offer free COVID-19 testing to the general public through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and SHIELD Illinois.


Members of the community, whether they are showing symptoms or not, can go to portal.shieldillinois.com to make an appointment. The testing site is set to open Sept. 20. Hours will be 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday outside at the north pavilion on the YMCA property, 2501 Fields South Drive. Walk-ins are welcome.


Instead of an invasive nasal swab, the covidSHIELD test uses saliva and takes just minutes to collect. Confidential results are known within 24 hours.


“When Covid-19 entered our lives 18 months ago, the Stephens Family YMCA was prepared to do our part to support our community and keep people safe. Two pillars of the YMCA are healthy living and social responsibility. We feel it is our social responsibility to step up when times are tough and when our community needs us the most,” said Jeff Dobrik, the agency’s chief operating officer.


“With kids returning to school and many employees returning to their places of work, the chance of potential exposure increases. So, when we were approached about expanding the University of Illinois’ COVID-19 testing program to a site at the YMCA, we jumped at the chance to partner with SHIELD Illinois and provide quick, free, reliable testing to the public. Our site will operate during times that are convenient for individuals and families to get tested before and after the school or workday. We are committed to this initiative and opportunity to do our part in keeping the Champaign-Urbana community and the public as a whole safe.”


IDPH is using federal funds from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan to offer free, rapid PCR testing for members of the community through SHIELD Illinois, a nonprofit of the University of Illinois System.


The effort is part of an agreement between the U of I System and the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test detects three genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, allowing it to quickly detect the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants, including among people who do not have symptoms.


Stephens Family YMCA is among more than 1,600 SHIELD Illinois testing sites across Illinois, including K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, businesses and more than a dozen community testing locations.


For more information, contact Jeff Dobrik, Stephens Family YMCA’s COO, at jeff@ccymca.net; 217-239-2803, or Alex Quigley, SHIELD assistant director of marketing, at aquigley@uillinois.com or 217-333-0387.


To learn more about becoming a community testing site, contact Anna Pinsoneault, SHIELD’s director of Public Health Relationships at annap@uillinois.edu.