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COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccine plays an important role in helping protect our community and bringing the pandemic to an end.

Updated: July 29, 2021

Vaccination Requirements for Student Varsity Athletes

Currently, COVID-19 vaccine requirements affect student varsity athletes and students living in campus residences. The University plans to broaden discussions and will consider extending vaccinations requirements in the future. The University is encouraging everyone to get fully vaccinated. The University continues to follow guidance from public health and has systems and processes in place that help ensure the safety, health and well-being of our U of G community such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, testing, capacity limits in common spaces and regular self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccine requirements include student varsity athletes and students living in campus residences. The University plans to broaden discussions and will consider extending vaccinations requirements in the future.

Like students living in campus residences, varsity athletes are in regular close contact with many other students, sharing spaces and facilities. The dynamic nature of sporting activities mean our student athletes are often in close and regular contact with each other during practices and competitions and interact with athletes from other universities in high touch, competitive and sometimes contained environments. By ensuring our varsity athletes are vaccinated, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and create safer sporting and living experiences for everyone.

U of G has been unequivocal in its support of vaccination as crucial to helping ensure public health and safety and to ending the global COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts have established that vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect individuals and those around them from serious illness due to COVID-19. The University is encouraging everyone who can be vaccinated to get fully vaccinated.

We will provide accommodations for student athletes who have medical exemptions or for grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, provided that an exemption form is submitted. There will be ongoing testing for those who receive exemptions.

Non-vaccinated varsity athletes without an approved exemption will not be allowed to compete. Those with exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis. Varsity athletes have until Sept. 30 to become fully vaccinated. Most of our varsity athletes are reporting that they are either full or partially vaccinated. With widespread vaccine availability, including through our on-campus clinics, all varsity student athletes should be able to fully vaccinated by Sept. 30.

We will be doing mandatory rapid testing of our teams starting in mid-August as part of our health and safety practices.

Yes but they will be required to be tested regularly as part of our health and safety practices. We will also continue to enforce health and safety measures, in keeping with public health guidance, such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing.

We will be testing varsity athletes who have been granted exemptions regularly as part of our health and safety practices As well, all varsity athletes will be required to comply with other protocols to ensure team and community safety, such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing, in keeping with public health guidance.

Further information will be forthcoming week of Aug. 9 regarding the process of confirmation, including how to upload vaccination data. We will be utilizing through a secure solution to collect, manage, and process protected health information. Vaccination data will be used to prevent and respond to COVID-19 on campus and to comply with all Health Canada and local public health guidelines.

Yes, those student-athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to be fully vaccinated.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you should be tested. Testing protocols may be modified based on provincial guidance, public health advice or other circumstances.

People are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. People are considered partially vaccinated if they have received only one dose or a second dose but 14 days have not passed. Unvaccinated persons are those who have not received any COVID-19 shots.

Vaccination Requirements for Students Living in Residence

Residence students: Check your uoguelph.ca inbox for an email sent July 29 with information on how to submit your proof of vaccination, provide your vaccination plan or request an exemption.

Yes. As part of our ongoing health and safety efforts and in alignment with universities across Ontario, U of G will require students living in our Guelph campus residences in 2021-22 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This measure has been recommended by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health as well as other public health units in the region and province.

Students in residence live closely with many others. By ensuring students in our residences are vaccinated, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and create a safer space for everyone.

All students planning to live on campus must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of checking into residence.

Students must submit ONE of the following to the University by Aug. 16:

  • Confirmation of full vaccination (two doses – same or combined – of a Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine)
  • Confirmation of partial vaccination (one dose) and a plan for obtaining a second dose
  • A vaccination plan for obtaining both a first and second dose
  • An exemption request
  • Residence students: Check your uoguelph.ca inbox for an email sent July 29 with information on how to submit your proof of vaccination, provide your vaccination plan or request an exemption.

Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose must arrange for a second dose as soon as possible after their arrival.

Students who arrive at the Guelph campus residences and are not vaccinated must receive a first dose within seven days of arrival and make arrangements to receive a second dose within 30 days of their move-in date.

Student Health Services will help facilitate on-campus vaccination for students who need it.

Vaccinations are available from local public health units, many pharmacies and on campus through Student Health Services. No matter where they currently live, U of G students can receive a COVID-19 vaccination at WDG Public Health clinics.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Vaccination is an important tool in helping us all move safely out of this pandemic.

Our goal is to provide all students with a welcoming and enjoyable residence experience that promotes learning and community-building while ensuring safe interactions. Students in residence live closely with many others. By ensuring students in our Guelph campus residences are vaccinated, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and create a safer space for everyone.

Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) must arrange for a second dose of the same vaccine or one of the other two as soon as possible after their arrival.

Students who arrive at the Guelph campus residences and are not vaccinated must receive a first dose within seven days of arrival and make arrangements to receive a second dose within 30 days of their move-in date.

Vaccinations are available from local public health units, many pharmacies and on campus through Student Health Services.

Residence students: Check your uoguelph.ca inbox for an email sent July 29 with information on how to submit your proof of vaccination, provide your vaccination plan or request an exemption. You must complete the survey accessible from that email by Aug. 16.

Please keep all emails, receipts and records pertaining to your vaccination so you can confirm your vaccination status.

Students can book their vaccination on campus through Student Health Services. To arrange an appointment, call 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Any student who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code can request an exemption.

Residence students: Check your uoguelph.ca inbox for an email sent July 29 with information on how to submit your proof of vaccination, provide your vaccination plan or request an exemption.

WDG Public Health has provided the following information, based on guidance from the Province of Ontario, that may help you in making decisions about vaccination.

Learn more about vaccines approved by Health Canada and the World Health Organization.

*Travellers must be vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) to be eligible for quarantine exemption*

Vaccination Status and Recommended Next Steps 

  • Unvaccinated
    • Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
    • Get second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine
    • Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine
    • No further vaccine action required.

  • Two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
    • No further vaccine action required.

  • Two doses of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine
    • No further action required.

If you need further assistance, please call the U of G COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.

If I haven’t submitted my proof of vaccination by my move-in date, will I still be allowed to move into residence?

All students planning to live on campus must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of checking into residence.

Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose must arrange for a second dose as soon as possible after their arrival.

Students who choose not to be vaccinated may withdraw from residence and receive a full refund of their residence deposit by submitting a request to housing@uoguelph.ca by Aug. 6.

Students awaiting vaccination or those who have received approval of vaccination exemption may participate in residence community events, but must observe all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining physical distancing, using hand sanitizer, etc. Additional safety protocols may be in place for those who are not fully vaccinated.

If you aren’t yet fully vaccinated, you may:

U of G strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and have a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place to create safe spaces to learn and work.

Living in residence creates an environment that requires additional precautions to help keep our community safe. Mandatory vaccination in residence is one of the ways that we are helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The University of Guelph strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Staff working in the residence environment must follow U of G’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols that align with requirements from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. These measures will help protect our residence students when they are in contact with U of G employees.

Mandatory vaccination measures do not apply to U of G’s two family housing communities at College Avenue and Wellington Woods, which are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act.

Students who do not submit proof of vaccination or receive an exemption within 30 days of moving in will have their residence contract terminated and will be required to move out. The University will support students in scheduling their vaccines to help them meet this timeline.

If you have further questions, contact U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, ext. 53906.

International Students

Residence students: Check your uoguelph.ca inbox for an email sent July 29 with information on how to submit your proof of vaccination, provide your vaccination plan or request an exemption.

WDG Public Health has provided the following information, based on guidance from the Province of Ontario, that may help you in making decisions about vaccination.

Learn more about vaccines approved by Health Canada and the World Health Organization.

*Travellers must be vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) to be eligible for quarantine exemption*

Vaccination Status and Recommended Next Steps 

  • Unvaccinated
    • Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
    • Get second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine
    • Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

  • One dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine
    • No further vaccine action required.

  • Two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
    • No further vaccine action required.

  • Two doses of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine
    • No further action required.

If you need further assistance, please call the U of G COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination plan includes all those currently living in Canada.

All U of G students can register for vaccination with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. On the registration form, international students can leave the OHIP Number field blank or drop-in to any COVID-19 vaccination clinic to receive your first dose.

When you go for your vaccination, bring a piece of government issued identification (e.g., passport) to your appointment to confirm your identity.

Some international students may receive their first dose of the vaccine in their home country and be eligible for their second dose while in Canada.

Mandatory vaccination measures do not apply to U of G’s two family housing communities at College Avenue and Wellington Woods, which are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act.

If you have questions regarding your vaccinations or you need to book an appointment for vaccination you may contact Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

General

Use the Government of Ontario’s How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment webpage to determine where you can get vaccinated based on your location and how to book an appointment.

The Government of Canada has released information about which restrictions are lifted once you are partially or completely vaccinated against COVID-19. Read the infographic online. Masks continue to be required indoors at U of G facilities and outdoors when 2m of physical distance cannot be maintained.

Over the summer months, U of G will begin a targeted campaign to encourage students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. The #GryphonsGetVaccinated campaign will address common misconceptions about the vaccine and will be based on information provided by public health.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations, visit the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website. They also offer Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccination. Have questions about getting vaccinated? Students, faculty and staff may call U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.

Check out videos from the Government of Ontario that answer some common COVID-19 vaccination questions.

Vaccines and Working, Studying or Accessing Services at U of G

Vaccinations are an important step in bringing us safely out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to get vaccinated.

The University will continue to utilize public health guidance regarding other means to manage the virus and work to provide a safe working and living environment. The University may reconsider its decision as circumstances and understanding regarding vaccines evolve. It is our understanding that the University’s decision is consistent with those of many other universities as well as government and public health and private-sector organizations at the provincial and federal level.

Yes. As part of our ongoing health and safety efforts and in alignment with universities across Ontario, U of G will require students living in our Guelph campus residences in 2021-22 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This measure has been recommended by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health as well as other public health units in the region and province.

More FAQs for students living in residence can be found on this page.

Getting vaccinated is one way we can protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Wearing a mask, keeping 2m apart, washing our hands often and following COVID-19 safety protocols are also important in helping control the spread.

The University will strictly follow public health and government guidelines to help ensure a safe return to campus.

Getting Vaccinated in Guelph

No matter where they live, all U of G students, faculty and staff  can register for a COVID-19 vaccination with WDG Public Health.

I live in Guelph, but my health card has my home address from a different public health unit. Can I register for vaccination in Guelph? Which address should I use when I register?

U of G offers students COVID-19 vaccinations on campus. This enables students who received their first dose in a different public health region to get their second dose in Guelph. To book an appointment, call Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

U of G student leaders talk about why they’re getting vaccinated and why you should, too. #GryphonsGetVaccinated
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