New Mandate Requires Vaccines or Routine Testing for JJC Students and Employees

Updated 9-16-21

JJC is ready to launch the Cleared4 (C4) system in preparation for the governor's vaccine or test mandate, effective on Monday, Sept. 20. Students and employees will receive a personalized link from C4 via your JJC email and/or text message prior to Monday. 

Users will need an Access Pass to enter JJC's campuses. To receive a daily Access Pass, you will need to do the following in C4: 

  • Complete the daily symptom screening (as the video below shows, you will receive a prompt to do this every day prior to arrival on campus) 
  • Ensure your vaccine information is uploaded (one-time only) to C4 OR have your weekly COVID test results uploaded 

Watch: Using Cleared4

Updated 9-08-21

JJC has partnered with health verification system Cleared4, where students and employees can upload COVID vaccination cards, test results, and submit daily symptom checks. Here's how the system works: 

  • JJC students and employees will be asked to complete a brief confidential medical survey to determine their health status.
  • Each day before visiting campus, users will answer 1 simple yes/no question to obtain their Access Pass (similar to a boarding pass for a flight), which means you are safe to come to campus.
  • Present your Access Pass when entering campus. 

Users will receive an email from Cleared4 in the coming days asking you to complete the brief confidential medical survey. For more information about the system, visit

Updated 9-03-21

The Joliet Junior College Emergency Response Resource Group has been working diligently to ensure the college is answering questions about the governor's executive order and ensuring the proper resources are in place to meet these mandates. Dr. Mitchell shared the following video message with the campus community on Friday, Sept. 3. 

Original Message 8-26-21

In response to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new vaccine mandate, all Joliet Junior College personnel and students are required to be vaccinated or take routine COVID tests, effective Sept. 5. 

The governor’s announcement on Aug. 26 called for a new indoor statewide mask mandate and vaccine requirements for P-12 teachers and staff, higher education personnel, higher education students, and healthcare workers in settings like hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care facilities and physician's offices. 

“The Emergency Response Resource Group met immediately after the press conference and is working to determine how the college will manage the vaccine mandate,” said JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell. “We understand this is a major shift and are taking into account the logistics of this mandate, as well as personal medical and/or religious reasons why individuals have not been vaccinated to date. I ask for your patience as we work through these new regulations.”

Watch: Dr. Mitchell’s Announcement

Vaccine requirements go into effect on Sept. 5, and per the governor’s announcement, those who remain unvaccinated after that date will be required to take routine COVID tests. 

Mitchell said the college is working diligently to develop a framework that meets the state’s mandate and supports the needs of the JJC community. Details will be communicated as they become finalized and made available on the college’s COVID FAQ page

Fall classes began this week at JJC, with a combination of in person, online and hybrid courses. Since last year, all students, employees and visitors to campus have been required to wear face masks and pass through hands-free temperature screenings when entering buildings. Deep cleaning measures take place routinely, and COVID testing has been available on site since the summer.

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