Samuel noted that ISU already requires a number of vaccinations, such as ones for tetanus, mumps, measles, rubella and meningitis.
But Jome said, unlike those vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines currently are being provided under an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
IWU also made that distinction, noting
in a March 22 message to the campus, “We highly encourage all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated. We do not intend to require the COVID-19 vaccination while it is designated for emergency use.”
Jome said that planning for fall is not complete but “we’re still going to have testing capacity.”
Likewise, Pritzker said, “We’ve provided mobile vaccination units in many of the colleges in Illinois and certainly we’re looking to partner with more.”
Jome said ISU is “watching the local vaccine rollout” and state guidelines.
“We’re interested in moving back to a more traditional campus atmosphere,” he said, which would mean “more in-person classes, more in-person activities and increased capacity in on-campus housing.”
PHOTOS: Reflecting on COVID-19 in the Midwest, one year later
The statue called "Convergence of Purpose" featuring Abraham Lincoln and associates Jesse Fell and David Davis sports face masks on March 30, 2020, in Bloomington. Illinois reached a COVID milestone on Sunday, surpassing the 25% mark for residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In McLean County, that number stands at 26.15%.
A Reditus Laboratories technician wearing a face shield instructs a subject how to use a nasa swab to test for the coronavirus at the testing site at the McLean County Fairgrounds, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Bruce Unterman joined about 30 protesters who called for Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief package during a protest Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, Illinois.
More than 100 vehicles waited in line as people waited to be tested for COVID-19 at the Reditus Laboratories testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.
A student at Unity Point in Carbondale, Illinois, displays signs for teachers and staff at the school as families drove through the parking lot where the staff had gathered on April 21 after the pandemic forced the school to go to remote learning.
Doug Robinson, owner of Keepers Quarters in Carbondale, Illinois, measures the space between tables on May 27 as he prepares to start offering outside dining on Friday as part of the next phase of reopening Illinois’ economy.
Heath Hill, left, cuts a customer’s hair at the Murdale Barbershop on May 29 in Carbondale, Illinois. It was the first day the shop had been open in two months due to the restrictions imposed by the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A sign reminds voters to wear a mask and socially distance in the 13th Precinct polling place at the Epiphany Lutheran Church on Nov. 3 in Carbondale, Illinois.
Lori Opp works with her fifth grade class on vocabulary words from her classroom at Lewis Elementary School on Nov. 16 as the school district returned to remote learning due to rising COVID-19 cases.
A sign reminds students to wear a mask and maintain social distance as they walk to and from class on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, in September.
Ginger Stanfield leads the Charleston Community Band at the Coles County Fairgrounds on July 3. More than 90 vehicles and 250 people were at the socially distanced concert.
Hunter Highfill works at an Illinois Department of Public Health COVID testing site at the Decatur Civic Center on Oct. 26 in Decatur, Illinois.
Vehicles wait at a COVID testing site at the Farm Progress Site in Decatur, Illinois, on Jan. 22.
Stickers await people who participated in a COVID vaccination clinic on Jan. 22 at the Farm Progress site in Decatur, Illinois.
Fourth grade instructor Sarah Smith listens to Assistant Director Dave Webster talk about doves during a "virtual field trip" to Scovill Zoo in Decatur, Illinois, on Sept. 11.
Becca Massey and her daughter Kierra Massey, surprised her aunt, Becky Pickrell, on her 101st birthday by singing happy birthday on March 26 at Randall Residence in Decatur, Illinois. They both had to sing in the front of the building through glass so that everyone would be safe.
Police Sgt. Chad Smith speaks with visitors at a COVID-19 check in at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, on Sept. 3.
Callyn Ballinger, 7, holds a sign she made for health care workers outside Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in December in Mattoon, Illinois.
Ellen Straight held a sign wishing her father, Oliver Bidner, love as dozens of cars paraded through The Loft Rehabilitation & Nursing, 510 Broadway in Normal, Illinois, Friday, May 1, 2020. Visits at The Loft were stopped at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tuscola High School Principal Steve Fiscus sanitizes the gym before the start of the varsity game against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond on Jan. 29.
From left, Juanita Dortch, Katie Novosel and Michelle Geissler, X-ray technicians at Community Hospital, take a selfie together with first responders in the background on April 19, 2020, in Munster. Police and firefighters from north Lake County and several Illinois agencies paraded around the hospital to recognize the health care workers.
Nick Gianikos, a housing board member at the AHEPA apartments in Merrillville, Indiana, receives his Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Walgreens pharmacist Mindy Keeton on Jan. 11, 2021.
Franciscan Health Hammond health care workers wave to first responders as they parade around the hospital on April 27, 2020.
Crown Point, Indiana
Keith Moseley, an election clerk, sorts through returned absentee ballots on Oct. 5 at the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point, Indiana.
Crown Point, Indiana
Wendy Vottero, a nurse practitioner at Franciscan Health Crown Point, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from Rob Dowling, director of emergency medical service, on Dec. 18, 2020, at the hospital in Crown Point, Indiana.
A man and a girl swing at Echo Park in Burlington, Wisconsin, on May 2 during a ReOpen Burlington protest, even though all playgrounds in Wisconsin had been declared off limits at the time.
During an extraordinary and nearly postponed April election, one of the leaders of Wisconsin’s Republican legislative majority, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester, talks to a member of the media while working as a poll worker in Burlington, Wisconsin. “You are incredibly safe to go out," he told viewers while wearing required personal protective equipment in a video that was shared widely on social media throughout the day.
JR Lukenbill, a sophomore guard at Wisconsin’s Burlington High School, shoots over Wilmot High School's Anthony Corona, left, and Korik Klein during their teams' December matchup. As a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, players wore masks in high school athletics events, including in basketball and volleyball.
The Rev. Mike Matheson of Grace Church, in Caledonia, Wisconsin, prays as he leads church services livestreamed on Facebook Live on the morning of March 22.
Robert Wilson of the town of Dunn in Dane County, Wisconsin, reviews his selections on his ballot after voting at the town's highway garage building on April 7, 2020. Democrats sought to delay the election in light of the surging pandemic, but the state Supreme Court ordered it be held as originally scheduled.
With the coronavirus outbreak prompting many people to wear hospital masks in public, someone decided that the Chief Big Foot statue on the Fontana lakefront should be protected, too, along with a latex glove that does not quite fit right.
Genoa City, Wisconsin
Teacher Haley Peters removes ottomans July 30, 2020, from her classroom at Brookwood Middle School as the Genoa City school aims to combat the coronavirus by eliminating places where the virus could spread.
Wearing their COVID masks, Eric Itzenhuiser and Heather Lawler are married by the Rev. Johnny Poole at their home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Saturday, May 2. Life went on despite the pandemic.
Robert Clayton walks with his grandchildren, Greyson, 5, and Harper, 4, around the track at UW-Parkside in Kenosha on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Kenosha’s Relay for Life took place with many participating virtually — walking laps, sharing supportive stories and hearing presentations via social media. Another difference this year was having a sole honorary cancer survivor at the event. Clayton, 56, was declared free of the disease by November 2017, after getting the disease after his retirement from work in 2003. He walked around the track at UW-Parkside with family to celebrate his cancer-free status.
Matt Sullivan looks through binoculars as he and his wife, Kristin, settle in to watch the Indian Trail football team play Oak Creek in a Southeast Conference game on Friday night, Sept. 25, at Jaskwhich Stadium in Kenosha, Wisconsin. School district requirements in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak kept the stands at the stadium empty, but parents and fans found ways to see the game where they could.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Sam Turner, a kindergartener at Southern Bluffs Elementary School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, wears a mask during his first day of class in nearly ten months after the La Crosse School District welcomed back students for in-person learning.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Anita Sachs reads her ballot at the Coulee Recovery Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before voting in the April primary election. Despite an effort by Gov. Tony Evers to delay the election amid the COVID-19 pandemic, voting went on as planned.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Bonnie and Dan Felton wave to passersby as they impersonate Santa and Mrs. Claus from a storefront window at Duluth Trading Co. in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin, in November 2020. Instead of the usual up-close visits inside the store, The Feltons, due to the COVID-19 pandemic will appear in the window several afternoons a week during the Holiday season.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Fellow registered nurses look on as their colleague, Sheila Berra, administers the first COVID-19 vaccine in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Tom Jensen, a COVID-19 patient care technician, at Mayo Clinic Health System in December. The vaccine was delivered earlier in the day by Wisconsin State Troopers.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
A sign reads “We Are Open,” outside of Bean Juice coffee shop at Jackson Plaza in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in April.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake Geneva aldermen and city staff gather via video May 19, 2020, to avoid spreading the coronavirus, during a special meeting in which the city council voted to open Riviera Beach to the public.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Many shoppers and visitors forgo face masks and other public health guidelines on Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva as stores reopen May 17 during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people flocked from Illinois to Lake Geneva after a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling allowed Wisconsin businesses to reopen.
Members of the UW-Madison marching band wear face coverings and play instruments with bell covers during a limited-capacity practice session on the campus on Aug. 27, 2020.
UW-Madison graduates, from left, Jacob Tottleben, of St. Louis, Lindsey Fischer, of La Crosse, and Olivia Gonzalez, of Milwaukee, celebrate wiith champagne after their spring commencement ceremony was moved online on May 9, 2020.
In hindsight, the marquee over the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Madison, Wisconsin, seen here on March 23, 2020, was overly optimistic. Closures of theaters, restaurants, bars and other businesses would stretch well beyond March.
Hawk Sullivan, owner of Hawk's Bar & Grill in Madison, Wisconsin, was forced to close his restaurant temporarily in March 2020. At least 28 Madison-area restaurants went out of business last year.
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Tracy Twigg, a poll worker, opens a stack of absentee ballots to be tabulated at the Pleasant Prairie Village Hall on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Jordan Mogren arrived to Park High School's drive-up graduation ceremony in Racine, Wisconsin, on July 9 through the sun roof and received a kiss from his mother receiving his diploma.
Summer Davis wears a face shield while standing behind the bar at The Maple Table, a popular restaurant in Racine, Wisconsin, on May 26, 2020, the first day restaurants in the city could reopen following ordered closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jeremy Laffin, owner/pharmacist at Racine Hometown Pharmacy in Wisconsin, gives a brief consultation to patients prior to getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 9. Laffin walked back and forth, preparing doses behind the counter, then administering them to patients.
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
For students who cannot visit the library because of the coronavirus, library staffers Laura Lombardo, left, and Emily Sanders, greet second-graders from Williams Bay Elementary School via a laptop computer camera at Barrett Memorial Library in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, in September 2020.
Students of the Service Learning Class at Winona Senior High School gathered outside of Winona Health in Winona, Minnesota, in April 2020 to thank the health-care workers for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Co-leader Christine Dahlke (holding the letter A) expressed gratitude for those in the community who are continuing to work during the present circumstances. "Just keep supporting your local businesses and your local hospitals," she said. "It's always good to say thank you. I hope we inspire someone."
Campus traditions to celebrate Halloween and other holidays, like the one pictured at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, looked different this year, as students wore masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Young children, like Addison Brand, pictured, face a new reality of having to wear masks during their childhood progress exams — something that many parents decided not to complete this year in fear of the pandemic. Brand attended her appointment at the Gundersen Winona Campus in Winona, Minnesota.
Testing is completed at the Winona Mall’s mass semi-permanent testing site in November in Winona, Minnesota.
Dr. Joseph Kaiya, pictured, was the first health care worker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Winona Health Dec. 18 in Winona, Minnesota.
From left, Riley Peterman and Gianna Begg hold handmade signs showing support for the teachers of Horicon, Wisconsin. Faculty and staff paraded through Burnett, Iron Ridge and Horicon on May 1, 2020, honking and waving to district students and families along the way. Schools were mandated to close this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fountain Prairie, Wisconsin
Gail Schneider maintains a safe distance while photographing the Beaver family April 2, 2020, at their brand new house in the town of Fountain Prairie, Wisconsin. Schneider joins photographers across the nation in the "Front Porch Project," which tells the story of home life in the time of COVID-19.
Jordon Anderson of the Wisconsin National Guard waits to bag a sample Oct. 23, 2020, as Wyatt Anderson works next to him during the first biweekly COVID-19 free community testing event at the Cambria Fire Department in Cambria, Wisconsin.
Aidan Black gives an "air high-five" to Principal Joshua Sween on June 5, 2020, during Portage High School's socially-distanced, drive-by graduation ceremony. Students along with their families in vehicles were escorted down School Road by Portage and Columbia County first responders and then walked across the stage with their diplomas and finished up with an "air high-five" with Sween. "We wanted them to have some closure," Sween said of the pandemic-adjusted ceremony that also gave the families a chance to take pictures with graduates in front of the high school.
John Handlen, vice president of operations for Madison-based Biodome Protection, uses an electrostatic sprayer to apply an antimicrobial surface protectant to the chairs on Sept. 29, 2020, at Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo.
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