COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Information
Free COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and booster shots are available by appointment only at the college’s CareATC site.
- COVID-19 Testing: Abbott’s BinaxNow rapid antigen test
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Moderna vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine based on supply and availability
- COVID-19 Booster: Moderna booster vaccine
How to schedule an appointment
Schedule an appointment for testing, vaccination or a booster shot online through ColumbiaQ. You may also schedule an appointment by phone at 844-766-3775 (phone line is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; leave a message on the weekends—no appointment guarantee).
For vaccination appointments, you will be asked to enter necessary information and a preference as to the time of day for your vaccination. When doses are available, you will receive an email and text with an assigned appointment day and time. If you have a conflict and cannot make that appointment, there will be a number to call for you to get an alternate appointment. For the latest guidance on vaccination requirements, please visit the Return to Campus Safety Precautions and Booster Requirement Information page for more information.
600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 404
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Testing for Symptomatic Students
Students who are symptomatic should call the Student Health Center at 312-369-6830 for assistance. After screening by phone or telehealth visit, COVID-19 testing will be available by appointment for symptomatic students at 916 S. Wabash Ave, 5th floor. The Student Health Center offers COVID-19 testing to students who meet the criteria. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information.
Testing for Employees
Asymptomatic employees can be tested at CareATC as a precaution. CareATC does not test symptomatic employees. Symptomatic employees should be tested at their healthcare provider.
Everyone coming to campus in March is required to have a one-time, negative COVID-19 test result three days prior to their first visit back to campus after the winter break. Boosters are also required beginning January 24. Please review the latest protocols here.COVID-19 Testing
- Illinois Vaccination Locations
- Cook County Department of Public Health Vaccine Information
- City of Chicago Vaccine Finder
The college offers the Moderna booster vaccine. Schedule an appointment online through the ColumbiaQ website.
The CDC has approved COVID vaccine booster shots for all adults over 18; the Moderna booster shot is approved by the CDC for individuals who completed an initial sequence of the Pfizer, the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson as well as the Moderna vaccine.
Studies have shown that the vaccines’ effectiveness in protecting against the virus decreases over time. Boosters help in this regard: A recent study in the medical journal The Lancet found that individuals with a booster stood much lower chances of COVID infection as well as COVID-related hospitalization or death than people vaccinated with just two doses.
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a booster as long as it has been 5 months since their second Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two months since their vaccination with Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
Columbia employees and students, regardless of where they were initially vaccinated, can get a booster shot on campus by making an appointment.
The CDC’s eligibility for booster shots are as follows:
- If you received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, it must be 5 months or more after your initial series and you must be 18+.
- If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, it must be 5 months or more after your initial series and you must be 12+.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, it must be 2 months or more after your initial series and you must be 18+.
To schedule an appointment for a Moderna vaccine booster or COVID-19 testing, employees and students can utilize the college’s new CareATC online scheduling tool, ColumbiaQ.
- One-time test required upon first return to campus – the test submitted to the college cannot be older than three days before an individual’s return to campus.
- Weekly testing for booster-eligible individuals. Note: Unboosted individuals are required to test/upload by the end of day on Thursday of each week.
- Unvaccinated individuals must show a negative COVID-19 test on the Navica app that is no more than 2 days old to enter college buildings.
To enter college buildings, individuals who are required to display a negative COVID-19 test for entry must use the NAVICA app. If you are unable to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test via the Navica app, you will be denied entry to the building.
To prepare for regular testing, download Abbott's NAVICA app from the App Store or Google Play by searching NAVICA or scanning the QR code below.
What Is NAVICA and how does it work?
NAVICA is an app that you can use when you get tested that allows you to view and share results from some Abbott rapid COVID-19 tests. If you’ve had a recent negative COVID-19 test result from the College’s testing site, you will receive a digital NAVICA Pass, similar to an airline boarding pass. This is what you will share with Campus Security to verify the authenticity of your recent negative COVID-19 test results.
If you do not have a smartphone, instructions on what to do will be available at the CareATC Campus Testing Facility.
For more information on how to upload your vaccination status, visit the How to Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Card website.