Upcoming Vaccination Clinics for June 11-20

In collaboration with CUPHD, there will be several walk-in clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine, with convenient times and locations. Vaccines are free and no appointment or ID is needed. Anyone 12 and older is welcome to get their vaccine.

Locations and times include:

  • Friday, June 11, 3:00–5:00 p.m.—Bethel AME Church, 401 E. Park St., Champaign
  • Friday, June 11 7:15–9:15 p.m.—Sholem Aquatic Center, 2205 Sangamon Dr., Champaign (will also have Johnson & Johnson)
  • Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Mt. Olive MB Church, 808 E. Bradley Ave., Champaign
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2:00–6:00 p.m., Ivanhoe Estates, 26 Ivanhoe Dr., Urbana
  • Friday, June 18 (and every Friday!), 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., CUPHD, 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign
  • Sunday, June 20, 7:30–11:30 a.m., St. May Church, 612 E. Park St., Champaign

Thank you for doing your part to keep Champaign County Safe!

Need a Vaccine? Get a Free Ride.

Getting a vaccine in Champaign County has never been easier with access at area pharmacies through vaccinefinder.org, free walk-in clinics every Friday at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and pop-up clinics happening all over the county.

Don’t let transportation get in your way of getting a vaccine. Uber and Lyft both announced free rides starting May 24 for those needing a ride to their vaccine appointment.

Check out the details for each platform to get your free ride, or use it for someone you know who needs a ride.

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

Gov. Pritzker Aligns Illinois Mask Guidance with CDC for Fully Vaccinated People

Administration to Rescind Emergency Public Health Rules Following New CDC Guidance; CDC: Fully Vaccinated People No Longer Need to Wear a Mask in Most Instances or Practice Social Distancing 

SPRINGFIELD – Following guidance from the CDC that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing a mask and practicing social distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health have announced that Illinois will align state executive orders with the latest CDC guidance and rescind IDPH emergency rules enforcing masking and distance.

The CDC continues to require masks for everyone in healthcare settings, in congregate settings and on transit. In addition, in line with CDC guidance, the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health require masks in schools. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services requires masks in daycare. 

“Getting vaccinated is the ultimate protection from COVID-19 and the quickest ticket back to normal life,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With public health experts now saying fully vaccinated people can safely remove their masks in most settings, I’m pleased to follow the science and align Illinois’ policies with the CDC’s guidance. I also support the choice of individuals and businesses to continue to mask out of an abundance of caution as this pandemic isn’t over yet.” 

“While the updated guidance from the CDC is welcome news, let me remind everyone that this guidance is only for those people who are fully vaccinated,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Individuals who do not have the protection afforded by one of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines should still wear a mask.  While more than 64% of adults in Illinois have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we need to increase that number. To slow down disease spread and the development of even more deadly variants, we need as many people as possible to be vaccinated.”    

The Governor is issuing an updated executive order to remove the mask requirement for fully vaccinated people in most settings, and the Illinois Department of Public Health is rescinding emergency rules in the Control of Communicable Disease Code that enforce masking and distancing for vaccinated people in business settings. In line with CDC guidance, individuals who are unvaccinated should continue wearing masks in most settings and both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks on public transportation, in congregate facilities, and in healthcare settings.  

As of today, more than 4.6 million Illinoisans are fully vaccinated — 58% of residents 16+, 64% of residents 18+ and 86% of residents 65+.

LATEST CDC GUIDANCE

The CDC still recommends that unvaccinated people continue to take preventive measures, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. In their latest guidance, the CDC now reports that indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people and that fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to unvaccinated people. 

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Mask Guidance in Champaign County

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced yesterday new guidance that will allow for vaccinated individuals to remove their masks in most indoor settings. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated that it will be revising state guidance to align with these changes. 

The most significant CDC update:

  • Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance

In conjunction with CDC guidelines, and in anticipation of the state of Illinois adjusting its restrictions, Champaign County local units of government are adjusting their own restrictions. 

Find those here:

While this is welcome and encouraging news for many, the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended, and we all need to continue to make decisions that maximize the safety of our entire community. As we await more robust guidance from Governor Pritzker and IDPH, we continue to work closely with Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and will provide important updates as they are received. We are working quickly to update our existing resources with guidance and information.

An important reminder from CUPHD regarding best practices with current mask guidance:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals can stop wearing masks indoor and outdoors. There are certain exceptions such as healthcare, schools and congregate care facilities.
  • Anyone 12 and under should continue wearing a mask in a public setting including when they are around people outside of their immediate cohort or family. The current rate of cases are disproportionately affecting the younger population. 
  • Businesses and Organizations should establish policies to ensure unvaccinated individuals (staff and clients) are still complying with masking. 
  • This guidance further strengthens the case for vaccinations and its effectiveness in preventing serious infections, hospitalization and death. Vaccines are readily available in Champaign County and no one should delay.

People not yet vaccinated, and children under 12 must still wear a mask in indoor settings and respect the requirements issued by local businesses to protect their staff. Individuals eligible for the vaccine are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated immediately.

For more information on CDC guidance for fully-vaccinated individuals, click here.

All of Illinois is in the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois plan.

Thank you for your patience & doing your part to keep Champaign County Safe.

*Masks are required in healthcare settings. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 

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Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine is Now Available to Youths Ages 12–15

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 to host community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

Anyone 12 years of age or older is now able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available to individuals age 18 and older. The following clinics are currently available to those meeting age requirements based on the manufacturer’s guidance and who live or work in Champaign County. Parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 18.

Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., M-4 Parking Lot, Champaign

  • Pfizer vaccinations available Thursday (5/13) and Thursday (5/20) from 3:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Use the following QR code to schedule your appointment, or walk-up during event hours.

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

  • First-dose appointments (Pfizer) at Kohl’s Plaza will be: 
    • Friday (5/14) and Saturday (5/15) from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    • Sunday (5/16) from 8:00 AM – noon 
    • Monday (5/17) from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Call (217) 902-6100 to schedule or use MyCarle for the fastest service. Walk-in appointments also available.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign

  • Walk-in appointments available each Friday from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
  • Individuals or families with special needs or disabilities who need support with vaccine clinics, please call (217) 531-5365 and a nurse will come to your vehicle to provide the vaccination.

Promise Healthcare, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign

To register:

  • Call the COVID Care line at: (217) 403-5402.
  • Individuals will need to register as a patient.

Pharmacies:

Additional notes:

In most cases, you will receive your second dose where you received your first. Follow instructions on scheduling your second dose from the site.

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. There will not be a waitlist; however, additional appointments will be available next week based on vaccine availability.

You cannot receive the COVID vaccine if you have received any other vaccinations within 14 days prior to your appointment. You may be asked to show an ID for verification of employment.

Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please limit the number of individuals in your party that are not receiving the vaccine and wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

The vaccine itself is free but providers may seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee. You will not be turned away if you do not have insurance or charged the balance of the bill for the vaccine. If you have questions about your specific coverage, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq

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

Bridge Phase Starting May 14

All of Illinois is set to move to Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14. During this phase, restrictions will ease across most industries. The State is set to move to Phase 5 on June 11 barring any significant increases in metrics. In order to move to Phase 5, we need to continue to get vaccinated, wear masks, and social distance.

Please continue to follow all mask mandates at our local businesses to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.

Friday Walk-In Vaccine Clinics

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will be holding free, walk-in clinics for those 18+ on Fridays. The events will happen at CUPHD at 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign every Friday from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. with no appointments needed.

The doses administered will be Moderna (for 18+), and appointments for second doses will be available 4 weeks after the first dose.

Those needing a ride to the clinic can contact ISCU at 217-621-7841.

Updated Mask Guidance from the CDC

Today, the CDC updated the recommended the mask policy to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The following information is from the today’s update.

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

  • When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
  • Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.
  • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine as soon as you can.
Provided by the CDC

For more information, visit the CDC website.

We ask that you continue to respect and follow guidelines established in our community at and our local businesses. Thank you for doing your part to keep Champaign County Safe.

Champaign County Spring Resident Readiness Survey

As Champaign County businesses and economic development leaders are preparing for the summer season, we need your input on your plans for working, shopping, dining, and recreation this summer.

Please take 5-10 minutes to provide your opinions and share priorities on important questions. We all want to get back to doing the things we love in ways that make everyone feel safe and comfortable. Your answers will be completely confidential and survey results will be reported in group form only.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Stay safe and be well.

Vaccine Advocacy & Upcoming Clinics

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Students are helping answer questions about and advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine through a new vaccine public service announcement.

 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 vaccination clinics for individuals that live or work in Champaign County, 16 years of age or older, who have not yet received their first dose of the vaccine. 

Additional vaccination clinics for the week of April 19, 2021 will be available by appointment only at the following locations:

OSF HealthCare hosting at the Rantoul Youth Center, 1306 Country Club Lane, Rantoul. This site will only be accepting those fitting the criteria who are 18+ years of age. 

To register for Monday, April 19: 

  Online:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F44A4AE22AAFF2-osfcuphd3

To register for Tuesday, April 20: 

  Online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F44A4AE22AAFF2-osfcuphd4

  • Phone appointments: (217) 892-6844.  
  • Email address for questions and assistance: vaccinations@myrantoul.com.  
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call to reschedule.  

Christie Clinic hosting at Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign. This site will only be accepting those fitting the criteria who are 18+ years of age.

To register:  

Online: https://www.christieclinic.com/about/covid-19-vaccination/.  

  • Stay up to date on community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics by downloading the Christie Clinic app and opting in to notifications.  
  • To expedite your appointment, please complete the form included in your confirmation email. 
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please follow cancellation/rescheduling instructions in the confirmation email.  

Promise Healthcare, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign.

To register:

  • Call the COVID Care line at: (217) 403-5402.
  • Individuals will need to register as a patient.

Kohl’s Plaza: 

  • Call (217) 902-6100 to schedule or use MyCarle for the fastest service.
  • Those interested in receiving their vaccination at Kohl’s Plaza in Champaign should request to be notified of available appointments online at: https://tinyurl.com/CarleCCvax.  

Pharmacies: