Millikin University COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to test weekly through the Millikin SHIELD Clinic in Dolson Hall. Fully vaccinated is defined as boosted or within 6 months of last vaccination - 2 months for Johnson & Johnson. Millikin will allow a grace period for individuals to obtain their booster vaccination.

  • Before March 1, 2022: All individuals who have received less than 2 doses of Moderna/Pfizer or 1 dose J&J must participate in weekly surveillance testing.
  • After March 1, 2022: All individuals who are not fully vaccinated and/or are eligible to receive a booster shot (vaccinated more than 6 months ago) and not boosted will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

Vaccinated students are asked to upload their COVID-19 vaccination and booster vaccination record to myMillikin. Employees are asked to submit vaccination records to Human Resources. Direct contacts, symptomatic individuals and those needing testing for other reasons may also access the clinic free of charge. Dependents and partners of Millikin students, faculty and staff may also choose to test at the clinic for a nominal charge that is assessed to the employee or student account.

For COVID-19 screening, create your SHIELD Illinois portal account and schedule an appointment.

In order to get tested, individuals should register at the website below using the URL and Agency Code provided to create a portal account. Please use your Millikin email and campus address to enroll. Enrollment is quick and takes 2-3 minutes to complete. Once you submit your information, you will be sent a verification code to enter and confirm your identity. This verification code, which is texted and emailed to you, is only active for five minutes. Individuals who have previously tested with SHIELD at Millikin do not need to register again, previous registrations remain active. 

Student Agency Code: mlkn-no1kyw19
Employee Agency Code: mlkn-mcb01iy5

Schedule Testing

Once individuals set up their portal account, they should select a time to test. This creates a QR code in the patient account. Please bring a screenshot/printout of that QR code to the appointment. Only Millikin’s site hours of operation will appear on this new scheduling tool, making it easier to set up a time to test. Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Testing Instructions

Please bring a photo ID and your cellular device with appointment QR code. Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing so could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. As always, if participants need help creating an account, they may call the SHIELD patient support line at 217.265.6059, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Receiving the results

After your test has been analyzed at the St. Mary’s Hospital laboratory, you will receive your results on your MySHIELD portal within 12-14 hours. Your test results will be shared with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Millikin.

Next steps

If the test result is negative, you should be able to return to campus activity as scheduled. Should your test be positive, we ask that you stay in your residence until contacted by a Millikin University Contact Tracer who will provide you with next steps in the isolation and recovery process.

Symptom Monitoring Requirements

Campus community members, even those fully vaccinated, must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have been evaluated and cleared by their medical provider to be eligible to return to campus and/or attend classes. If you are sick, stay home.

All community members should self-monitor symptom onset daily to lessen the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions about your exposure, have a recorded temperature of over 100.4 degrees or have any of the listed symptoms, you should contact your medical provider for an assessment and also be tested.

Community members with temperatures above 100.4 degrees may return to campus only when completely symptom-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and with a negative test after five days of isolation since the symptoms first appeared.

Symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Cough (worse than usual, if you have daily cough)
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Headache (worse than usual, if you have headaches)
  • Scratchy or painful sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose (not associated with seasonal allergies)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Fatigue that is unusual or more severe than normal

If you have had direct contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 5 days, or you have tested positive or you have symptoms:

Students: Contact Student Affairs at 217.424.6395 or
Employees: Contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources at 217.362.6416 or

If you have symptoms, please contact your primary care provider. Individuals without a primary care physician can call:

Millikin Health Clinic: 217.424.6360
HSHS Medical Group Patient Advocate: 844.520.8897
Crossing Healthcare: 217.877.9177
SIU School of Medicine: 217.872.3800

Millikin COVID-19 Testing Criteria Related to Travel

Travel restrictions remain in effect for unvaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals have no travel restrictions and do not have to quarantine or test upon return from their travel. There are no travel restrictions to other countries at this time. 

If unvaccinated individuals are traveling by airplane, train, other mass transit, or internationally, upon return they must: 

  • Quarantine for 3 days.

  • Take a COVID test on the 3rd day. 

  • If the test is negative, return to normal activities. 

  • If the COVID test is positive, contact your supervisor, Human Resources or Student Affairs. Isolate for the recommended full isolation period as designated by the Macon County Health Department or the health department having jurisdiction.