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IWU Vaccination Rate High At Start Of Fall Term

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Illinois Wesleyan University staff and students have even higher vaccination rates than Illinois State University students and staff, and the rates are above statewide and countywide averages.

Illinois Wesleyan reports about 83% of students have had at least one of two doses of the vaccine. And 95% of staff are vaccinated. That comes from required student surveys and voluntary staff surveys of vaccine status. IWU said Thursday there was a very high response rate to both those queries. IWU said it has about 2,100 students, faculty, and staff this term.

By comparison, ISU reported this week that 61% of students and 80% of staff report they are vaccinated. Illinois State University's campuswide vaccination rate was about 64% as of Tuesday. And the McLean County Health Department reported Thursday that 51% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Heartland Community College in Normal said Thursday it does not track the vaccination rates of students or employees, beyond a few select (health care) programs that require confirmation, but the school strongly encourages students and staff to become vaccinated.

IWU students who are not vaccinated have to provide a negative COVID test or quarantine until they get a negative test. ISU students and staff must test weekly if they have not shown proof of vaccination.

Illinois Wesleyan will offer its fifth on-campus vaccine clinic next Tuesday.

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