UICOMP COVID-19 – Update
April 30, 2021
Dear UICOMP Family,
Tomorrow we'll officially bestow the Doctor of Medicine degrees upon 50 members of the UICOMP Class of 2021! What an exciting time to celebrate our students, our faculty and staff, and UICOMP! I hope you can join in the virtual convocation ceremony (details below), and join me in congratulating each and every member of the class!
Watch Livestream of UICOMP Convocation 2021
Saturday, May 1
10 am – Virtual Convocation
12 noon – Hooding Ceremony for Graduates
This year’s Convocation ceremony will be held virtually with an in-person hooding ceremony for students and faculty involved in the ceremony. Click here to access link to watch via livestream.
University of Illinois College of Medicine 139th Commencement Ceremony
A ceremony for all degree candidates for MD, MS, PhD, and MD/PhD from all College of Medicine campuses will be held virtually.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Pre-ceremony Slideshow: 1:30 pm; Ceremony Opening: 2 pm
Link to Watch: https://go.uic.edu/UICOMGrad2021
Staff Town Hall
Monday, May 3 at 12 noon
Zoom link was sent via email on April 28.
Reminder: Saliva Testing Encouraged; Appointments Offered Thursdays & Fridays
Saliva testing for UICOMP students, faculty and staff is available by appointment on Thursdays (3:30 – 6 pm) and Fridays (7:30 – 11:30 am) at our Positive Health Solutions location. The saliva testing protocol follows the process and guidelines set forth by UI Health and in accordance with UIC policy. To be tested, students and paid faculty and staff should pre-register for an appointment anytime time before 3 pm Thursday for appointment times that day (Thursday) or the following day (Friday).
Complete information as well as directions to the testing site are available here.
Local Vaccination Information, Appointment Scheduling
The Peoria City/County Health Department continues to offer comprehensive and timely information regarding COVID-19 vaccination on its website. This includes a current listing of community on-site and drive-thru clinics for which appointments are still available as of the time of this writing.
This Week’s Local COVID-19 Press Briefing, Update
Yesterday’s COVID-19 press briefing hosted by the Peoria City/County Health Department featured UICOMP’s Dr. Abeer AlMajali discussing the release of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine following the pause by the FDA. The link to the press briefing can be found here.
Vaccine Administration Numbers*– 4/30/21
State of Illinois: 9,259,706 doses administered
7-Day Rolling Average of Daily Vaccine Administration: 92,747 doses
*Source: Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Sources for Current Coronavirus Numbers
United States – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Illinois – https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19
Tri-County Area – https://www.pcchd.org/289/COVID-19-Coronavirus
“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.”
– Gabrielle Giffords
Tomorrow is May 1, or May Day, which has historically celebrated the return of spring. Some may be familiar with the traditions of May baskets with spring flowers or treats that were often left anonymously on the doorsteps of friends or neighbors. In the spirit of the May Day tradition, I hope this weekend finds you able to appreciate the gifts of the new season and find time to acknowledge and appreciate those dear to you.
Be healthy and stay safe.