Although we are not mandating a vaccine for students or employees, the fact that many of our students, faculty and staff have already received one will have a positive impact on our campus and surrounding community this fall.
We encourage those who have not yet received a vaccine to consider doing so as soon as possible, in consultation with their medical provider. In addition to the individual benefit of not needing to quarantine upon COVID-exposure, the higher our collective vaccination percentage is, the greater the likelihood is that we will have a more normal-looking fall.
With the rise of the Delta variant, the current national and local context is different from when plans were first made for the fall semester. Ninety percent of the counties in the U.S. have either substantial or high levels of transmission and Kankakee County falls within those categories. Given this, as well as updated recommendations from the CDC, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, we have made a few adjustments to our original plans.