UI Health, which includes University of Illinois Hospital on Chicago's West Side, will require its employees to get COVID-19 vaccines, the system announced Wednesday.
The announcement came the same day the University of Illinois system said it would require faculty and staff to be vaccinated by the start of the fall semester.
In requiring shots, the health system joins a growing number of hospital systems across the state and country mandating the vaccines for workers. Loyola Medicine and University of Chicago Medicine made similar announcements in recent weeks.
UIC faculty and staff are being asked to disclose their vaccination status through an online portal by Aug. 1. People who request and receive exemptions will be required to undergo weekly, on-campus COVID-19 saliva testing and quarantine if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
For UI Health workers, some aspects of the mandate’s implementation will be different, and details were expected to go out on that Wednesday.
COVID-19 in Missouri and Illinois: By the numbers
NOTE: Beginning Monday, March 8, 2021, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began posting county-level data showing “probable” COVID-19 cases detected by antigen testing. Using the historical data from the DHSS dashboard, we reconfigured this graph to include that number in the total.
NOTE: Missouri updated its data dashboard on Sept. 28. 2020, to delete duplicate cases. This resulted in a decrease of total cases which caused the daily count to reflect a negative number.
NOTE: Beginning Monday, March 8, 2021, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began posting county-level data showing “probable” COVID-19 cases detected by antigen testing. Using historical data from the DHSS dashboard, we reconfigured this graph to include that number.
Note from St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force regarding the numbers for July 20: There was a delay in reporting some test results leading to the increase in reported hospital admissions.
Note from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: Note: Due to an abrupt change in data measures and the reporting platform issued by the White House on Monday, July 13, and effective Wednesday, July 15, Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) and the State of Missouri were unable to access hospitalization data during the transition. .
Note from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The discrepancy in the number of deaths on July 19, 2020, was due a duplicate record being discovered by the Missouri DHSS.