|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the President, Message from the Wellness Center|
|Date Sent:||Monday, May 17, 2021 04:50 PM CDT|
Update on Surveillance Testing Protocols (F & S)
May 17, 2021
Dear Faculty and Staff,
As Loyola University Chicago continues to move toward a full reopening of campus, we are pleased to announce a change to our testing policy for fully vaccinated members of our community. Beginning Sunday, May 23, vaccinated Loyolans will no longer be required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing. This decision is based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).
It is strongly encouraged that all faculty and staff be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester, and for those who have been vaccinated to upload your vaccine card. Only those with an uploaded and approved vaccine record will be exempt from testing. Thank you to those who have already uploaded their vaccination cards. If you have received your full vaccine dose or series and your vaccine record has been uploaded and approved by the University, you do not need to continue reading this message.
If you have been fully vaccinated but have not yet submitted your vaccine card, it is critical that you do so as soon as possible. A submitted and approved vaccine card is our only way to verify that you have received the vaccine and and are thus exempt from the testing requirement. Until your vaccine record has been uploaded and approved, if you plan to be on campus, you will need to test. Please be assured that all submitted health records are secure and kept in strict confidence.
For detailed instructions on how to upload your vaccination card through the Loyola Health app or via the Loyola website, please click here. After your vaccine record has been approved, and two weeks have passed after your final dose, the vaccine status bar on your Health App will turn green. Please do not call the Wellness Center to confirm your vaccine record was verified.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, have been granted a medical or religious exemption, or have not uploaded your vaccination card to the Loyola Health app by May 23, you will still be required to participate in surveillance testing. Our current compliance policy will continue to apply to those who are required to test.
On Monday, May 24, Loyola will also be transitioning its SHIELD testing program from EPIC to Point and Click (PnC), a more sophisticated patient portal. For those still participating in SHIELD testing, you will need to create a new PnC account. To do so, register at the website below using the URL and Agency Code.
Faculty and Staff Agency Code: yy5790vw-emp
After that information is submitted, you will be sent a verification code to enter and confirm your identity. Once enrolled, individuals can select a time and date to test. Doing so creates a QR code in the patient account. Please bring a screenshot/printout of that QR code to your appointment. If you need assistance creating an account, call SHIELD's support line at 217-265-6059; the line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can find summer testing hours and locations here.
We continue to monitor the CDC, IDPH, and the City of Chicago guidelines and will communicate any changes to Loyola’s health and safety requirements as needed. As always, please visit LUC.edu/coronavirus for the latest information on University policies and guidelines.
Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and the Loyola community safe and healthy.
Yours in Loyola,
Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President
Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Wellness Center