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

Updated: September 17, 2021

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Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for Guelph and Ridgetown Buildings and U of G-managed Facilities

As of Sept. 7, 2021, in order to access U of G’s buildings and University-managed facilities (including at the Guelph and Ridgetown campuses and our research facilities), faculty, staff and students must:

  • Submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or
  • Receive an approved exemption request.

All visitors over the age of 12 must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to access U of G buildings and managed-facilities.

Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

The following information applies to the Guelph and Ridgetown campuses and U of G-managed research stations. Students and staff at the University of Guelph-Humber must follow U of GH’s vaccination policy.

On Aug. 30, 2021, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that as of Sept. 7, 2021 all post-secondary institutions are required to implement a vaccination policy that includes proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or receipt of an approved exemption.

Being fully vaccinated significantly reduces the risk of the most serious outcomes of COVID-19. Requiring faculty, staff and students to submit their proof of vaccination helps us ensure we are providing safe working and learning spaces for everyone. 


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has continued to monitor and respond to new information – including government and public health directives
and discussions with public health experts, other universities and our U of G community. With emerging information about the Delta variant and modeling showing that we have entered a fourth wave of COVID-19, we refined our vaccination requirements.

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U of G’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is available here and will be posted on the Human Resources website.

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Faculty, staff and students should submit proof of vaccination through U of G’s Vaccination Proof and Exemption System. Learn more on our Proof of Vaccination and Exemption Requests page. The process for visitors will be available soon.

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The University will use this information to reinforce existing public health measures and our own efforts to keep our community safe. Read more on our terms and conditions page.

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As of Sept. 7, 2021 the University will require all faculty, staff and students to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to access buildings on our Guelph and Ridgetown campuses and at all U of G-managed field stations.

By Sept. 7

  • Faculty, staff and students must have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You may continue to access U of G buildings, closely following all COVID-19 safety protocols, while you wait for your second dose.

By Oct. 15

  • Faculty, staff and students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (it has been at least 14 days since you received all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine) to access U of G buildings and managed facilities.

Students living in residence, varsity athletes and students taking face-to-face theatre and music classes should continue to follow the proof of vaccination direction and timelines provided to them.  

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To access University buildings and U of G-managed facilities, individuals must have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 7. You may continue to access U of G buildings and managed facilities, closely following all COVID-19 safety protocols, while you wait for your second dose.

To continue accessing U of G buildings and University-managed facilities, individuals must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 (fully vaccinated means it has been at least 14 days since you received all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine). U of G’s COVID-19 safety protocols (including daily screening, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance when possible, and hand washing) must be closely followed at all times.

Those with exemptions must receive a negative COVID-19 test as close as possible to their arrival at U of G facilities and no more than 72 hours in advance. They must strictly follow U of G’s COVID-19 safety protocols (including participating in rapid testing, completing daily screening, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance when possible, and hand washing).

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Yes, all those over the age of 12 who access University buildings or U of G-managed facilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More information on vaccination requirements for visitors will be available soon.

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Students living in residence, varsity athletes and students taking face-to-face music or theatre classes should follow the specific direction they were recently provided with regarding proof of vaccination.

  • Students living in residence must submit their proof of vaccination, vaccination plan or accommodation request by August 16.
  • Varsity athletes received information the week of August 9 on how to provide their proof of vaccination.
  • Students taking face-to-face music classes should follow the guidance provided to them the week of August 9.

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International students must follow U of G’s vaccination requirements. Please refer to the guidance provided to you in an email on July 27. For further vaccination advice, contact U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906 or by email at covid.calls@uoguelph.ca or read the International Students section of this page for more information.

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph 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 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

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The University reserves the right to take action with respect to any individual who submits false information to the University regarding their vaccination or testing status. 

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Yes. Everyone who accesses University buildings and U of G-managed facilities is expected to follow our COVID-19 safety protocols.

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No. Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus. The Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 screening tool (accessed via U of G’s COVID-19 Screening Form) provides guidance if you are feeling unwell after getting vaccinated or for another identifiable low-risk reason (e.g., seasonal allergies, ongoing medical conditions, etc.).

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No. Please continue to fill out the CCLC’s daily screening tool for you and your child. Non-essential visitors, including parents, are not allowed within the CCLC building at this time. If you have questions, please contact Valerie Trew, director (Child Care and Learning Centre) at trewv@uoguelph.ca.

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Yes, everyone who accesses U of G buildings must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who are not fully vaccinated must strictly follow U of G’s COVID-19 safety protocols and receive a negative COVID-19 test as close to their arrival at U of G facilities as possible and no more than 72 hours before arriving. More information for visitors to campus will be available soon.

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If you still have questions or need vaccination advice, contact U of G’s COVID-19 call centre at 519-824-4120 Ext. 53906 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

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Exemptions

Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption.

To request an exemption, complete and submit either of the: 

Please submit your completed form through the U of G Vaccination Proof and Exemption system.  Learn more about the exemption process on our Vaccination Exemption Requests page.

A solution is being developed for those without internet or smartphone access.

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Students who are not vaccinated and who have not submitted and received an approved exemption from the University on medical or other grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code are not permitted to access University locations. Students should consult with their program counsellor regarding available options for remote learning. Students should consider that not all in-person courses will be available remotely and progress toward degree completion may be affected if they are unable to attend in-person classes.

If you are having difficulty selecting appropriate courses for this semester, please talk to your program counsellor. The course add deadline for fall 2021 is Sept. 17.

If you choose to withdraw from the fall 2021 semester because of the vaccination requirement, you may receive a full refund if you do so by Sept. 19. The registration deposit will be refunded when requested through accquest@uoguelph.ca.

This decision applies to the Guelph and Ridgetown campuses.

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Employees (faculty and staff) who are not vaccinated and who have not submitted and received an approved exemption from the University on medical or other grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code are not permitted to access University locations. Employees who are required to perform their job duties on-site at University locations based on operational plans or the nature of the work will be placed on an unpaid leave for the time they are expected to work on-site until they comply with the University’s mandatory vaccination requirements.

Some instructors may choose to deliver scheduled face-to-face courses remotely from Sept. 7 to 28. After Sept. 28, instructors delivering courses with face-to-face delivery must abide by the University’s mandatory vaccination requirements.

Employees should speak with their manager, supervisor or dean to discuss their specific situation.

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To access University buildings and U of G-managed facilities, individuals who have an exemption must participate in our rapid testing program. Learn more on our Rapid Testing Program webpage.

You must continue to follow all U of G COVID-19 safety protocols.

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Each request for an exemption is reviewed individually.

Based on advice from medical experts, medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccines are rare. The Ontario Medical Association has provided the following guidance for physicians:

“The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the Ministry of Health, and some public health units have provided guidance regarding contraindications for COVID-19 vaccines. The Ministry of Health has also provided guidance for specific allergy populations in the COVID-19 Vaccination: Allergy Form document.

Generally speaking, there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., an allergist/immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be mitigated; a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine).

Given the rarity of these exceptions, and in light of the fact that vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective, any notes written for patients who qualify for a medical exemption need to clearly specify:

    • the reason they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., document clear medical information that supports the exemption); and
    • the effective time period for the medical reason (i.e., permanent or time-limited).

While physicians are generally required to complete third party medical reports for patients when requested, the circumstances of the pandemic support physicians declining to write notes or complete forms when the patient making the request does not have a medical condition that warrants an exemption. If you find yourself in this situation, clearly and sensitively explain to your patient that you cannot provide them with a note or form, along with the reasons why.” 

Individuals who do not receive an exemption must comply with the University’s mandatory vaccination requirement to access University locations. Individuals can also explore options related to remote learning and working, as available.

Students who are not eligible to come for in-person classes should consult with their program counsellor regarding available options for remote learning. Students should consider that not all in-person courses will be available remotely and progress toward degree completion may be affected if they are unable to attend in-person classes.

Employees who are required to perform their job duties on-site at University locations based on operational plans or the nature of the work should speak with their manager or supervisor to discuss their specific situation.

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Each request for an exemption is reviewed individually in accordance with guidance from the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Only those individuals who meet those criteria are granted an exemption.

Individuals who do not receive an exemption must comply with the University’s mandatory vaccination requirement to access University locations. Individuals can also explore options related to remote learning and working, as available.

Students who are not eligible to come for in-person classes should consult with their program counsellor regarding available options for remote learning. Students should consider that not all in-person courses will be available remotely and progress toward degree completion may be affected if they are unable to attend in-person classes.

Employees who are required to perform their job duties on-site at University locations based on operational plans or the nature of the work should speak with their manager or supervisor to discuss their specific situation.

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Post-secondary institutions have been advised that full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors), with the rare exception of those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to permitted exemptions (medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code). If you have applied for and been denied an exemption, then you must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements if you wish to come in-person to University locations. There is no internal appeal mechanism for individuals who have been denied an exemption.

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Yes, U of G requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors accessing University buildings and U of G-managed facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Yes, U of G requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors accessing University buildings and U of G-managed facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Yes. As we work to address the fourth wave of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, on Aug. 31 the University of Guelph tightened its criteria for vaccination exemptions.

As of Sept. 7, you may enter U of G buildings and University-managed facilities only if you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Exemptions will be approved only on medical or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. This aligns with updated requirements released in mid-August by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Our Statement of Creed/Religious Belief – Mandatory Vaccination Exemption form and Medical Statement – Mandatory Vaccination Exemption form require information and signatures from creed/religious leaders or a physician or nurse practitioner. Please submit your completed form through U of G’s Vaccination Proof and Exemption system.

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Vaccination Requirements for Students Taking Face-to-Face Music and Theatre Classes

All face-to-face music and theatre classes will require students to be vaccinated.

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All face-to-face music and theatre classes in fall 2021 require enrolled students to be vaccinated. These courses are:

MUSC1160

MUSC 1500/1510

MUSC 2100

MUSC 2410

MUSC 2500/2510

MUSC 2530/2540

MUSC 2550/2560

MUSC 2570/2580

MUSC 2660

MUSC 3210/3220

MUSC 3230/3240

MUSC 3410

MUSC 3500/3510

MUSC 3550/3560

MUSC 3820

MUSC 3860

MUSC 4200

MUSC 4460/4470

THST 1040

THST 2120

THST 2270

THST 3190

THST 3630

THST 4190

THST 4270

THST 4500

THST 6150

THST 6220

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Students should arrange to get vaccinated as soon as possible. To participate in face-to-face music or theatre classes, you must receive your first COVID-19 vaccination by Aug. 19 and your second dose by Sept. 16.

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If you are unable to get vaccinated, you can still make progress toward your degree by requesting an accommodation. This may include selecting courses that are scheduled for remote delivery, choosing different courses or discussing degree requirements with your instructors. More information on how to request an accommodation will be provided the week of Aug. 16.

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Students who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons or under grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation by contacting the Bachelor of Arts counselling office or Dr. Kimberly Francis, acting associate dean (academic) at kfranc02@uoguelph.ca.

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If you choose to withdraw from the fall 2021 semester, you can receive a full refund if you drop all of your courses on WebAdvisor by Sept. 19, 2021. For more information, visit the Refunds webpage on the Student Financial Services website.

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Non-vaccinated students who have not made arrangements for accommodation will not be allowed to participate in face-to-face classes. Students in face-to-face music and theatre classes have until Sept. 16 to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. With widespread vaccine availability, including through our on-campus clinic, affected students should be able to receive their vaccinations by this date.

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Further information will be forthcoming the week of Aug. 16 regarding the process of confirmation, including how to upload vaccination data.

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Yes, those students enrolled in face-to-face music and theatre classes who have tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to be fully vaccinated.

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Vaccination Requirements for Student Varsity Athletes

We will provide exemptions 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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To access University buildings and U of G-managed facilities, individuals must have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 7. You may continue to access U of G buildings and managed facilities, closely following all COVID-19 safety protocols, while you wait for your second dose.

To continue accessing U of G buildings and University-managed facilities, individuals must have their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15U of G’s COVID-19 safety protocols (including daily screening, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance when possible, and hand washing) must be closely followed at all times.

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

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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.

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

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

Learn more about requesting an exemption on our Proof of Vaccinations and Exemption Requests page.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 or email covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

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

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People are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
 
People are considered partially vaccinated if:
  • they have received only one dose of an approved two-dose vaccine, or
  • it has been less than 14 days since they received all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

People are considered unvaccinated if they have not received any COVID-19 vaccination.

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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.

Yes, you can register for vaccination in Guelph. Use your Guelph address to register or drop-in to any WDG Public Health vaccination clinic.

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Yes, you can get your second dose at U of G .

The University 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.

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