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Loyola Announces End to Surveillance Testing for Vaccinated Students

Zack Miller | The PhoenixLoyola announced in an email that students who have been fully vaccinated and uploaded their vaccine cards will no longer be subject to surveillance testing starting May 23.

Loyola announced May 17 students who are fully vaccinated and have uploaded their vaccine card will no longer be required to participate in surveillance testing, starting May 23.

Students who plan to be on campus over the summer must upload their vaccine card by May 23 or they’ll still be subject to surveillance testing, according to an email sent to the Loyola community.

In addition, students who don’t submit their vaccine cards by May 23 will have to re-register for testing due to a change in patient portal software. However, Joan Holden, director of Loyola’s Wellness Center, told The Phoenix students can still upload their vaccine cards after May 23 and will be excluded from testing once their card is approved

Currently the Wellness Center has received and approved just over 6,000 vaccination cards, according to Teresa Carey, medical clinical coordinator for the Wellness Center.

This update comes after Loyola announced in April all students must be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester, The Phoenix reported

Holden said the update came about after reviewing guidance from multiple government health agencies — including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health — and Loyola’s Healthcare Advisory Group. 

The CDC issued new guidance May 13, saying all persons who are fully vaccinated can refrain from routine testing. In addition,the CDC said those who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors, The Phoenix reported.

Holden said despite the change from the CDC, for the time being, Loyola’s mask policy will remain unchanged. 

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