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May 5, 2021 - Newsletter Issue 006

Return to Campus Update: Wednesday, May 5


May 5, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

Loyola University Chicago's weekly Return to Campus Update helps keep our community informed as we continue our phased reopening.

This week, learn about new opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already, new surveillance testing hours, and more.

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Vaccine Information

We are requiring all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the fall 2021 semester. We strongly encourage all faculty and staff to receive the vaccine, as well. Read the announcement.

Vaccine Clinics at Lake Shore Campus May 11-13

Loyola is partnering with Empower Health Services to provide vaccines at the Lake Shore Campus on Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. each day. Register for an appointment and learn more. Remember to bring a printed copy of your consent form, and please only come at your designated appointment time.

Appointments at Loyola University Medical Center

Vaccine appointments are now available at Loyola Medicine. If you are an existing LUHS patient, please view the MyLoyola Scheduling COVID Vaccine document for instructions on how to schedule your appointment. If you are a new LUHS patient, please view the Create MyLoyola account document to get started.

Upload Your Vaccination Card

If you have already secured your vaccination, please upload your vaccination card via the Loyola mobile app. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

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Surveillance Testing

Loyolans who have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series and plan to spend time on our Chicagoland campuses are still required to participate in our surveillance testing program. Learn more here.

Surveillance Testing in Mundelein Center Closed

Starting this week, we've closed our surveillance testing site in Mundelein Center. (That location will be used for vaccine distribution instead.) For those on Lake Shore Campus, the surveillance testing site in the Damen Student Center—Room 244, Sr. Jean Room—is still open during normal hours.

Summer Testing Hours
If you plan to spend time on our campuses this summer, please also note that hours of operation will shift at all of our surveillance testing locations starting on Monday, May 24:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
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Live a Loyola Summer

Hoping to return to campus sooner than this fall? There's still time to register for Loyola's Summer Sessions! Learn more about special opportunities for rising sophomores to live on-campus, as well as this summer's Living-Learning Community, Summer in the City, which will focus on Chicago arts, culture, and history.

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Becoming a Smoke-, Tobacco-, and Vape-Free University

Loyola will return to campus this fall as a smoke-free, tobacco-free, and vape-free University. Effective August 1, tobacco use, marijuana use, and vaping will be prohibited in interior spaces, outdoor property, University-owned or leased vehicles, and outdoor athletic facilities. Read the full announcement.

In The News

  • ABC 7 News: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that Chicago can be “fully reopened” by July 4 with safety precautions in place. 
  • Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Department of Public Health is struggling to find ways to reach 18–40-year-olds who have not been vaccinated and is considering plans to meet them where they are at, including laundromats, bars, and grocery stores.
  • The Washington Post: TSA extended the mask requirement for planes, buses, and trains through mid-September. 
  • New York Times: The FDA is expected to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and over as soon as next week. 
  • CNBC: Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its vaccine for people 16 and older by the end of this month. 

Return to Campus Resources

All previous Return to Campus Updates can be found on our Return to Campus Communications page.