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Under Ontario Government regulations, every person must fill out the COVID-19 Daily Health Check-In form online before coming to campus and must receive confirmation they are permitted to do so.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Ensuring a safe return to campus

At uOttawa, we believe that the health of our community comes first. This is why as of September 7, 2021, anyone who intends on coming to campus for any reason must be vaccinated.

For the University Community

It is mandatory that everyone in the uOttawa community – students, faculty, and staff – certify their vaccination status using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool whether they intend to come to campus or not.

For Visitors

Anyone visiting uOttawa for any reason, including contractors, vendors, tenants, and visitors, will also be required to certify their vaccination status, using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool.

Individuals who are considered fully vaccinated and who have completed a COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration will not need to undergo testing.

As of September 7, 2021, only the following groups of individuals will be required to undergo testing here on campus.

  • Anyone with an approved accommodation
  • Anyone waiting for confirmation that their accommodation has been approved
  • Anyone who is partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered as fully vaccinated

Visitors who require testing will be required to use the COVID-19 Assessment Tool and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that has to be administered within a maximum of 48 hours prior to visiting campus through a function within the COVID-19 Assessment Tool.

When on Campus

Once they have received confirmation from uOttawa that their Vaccination Declaration has been registered, every person who receives confirmation that they are permitted to come to campus will need to follow these additional measures:

  1. In accordance with Ontario Government regulations, every person must fill out the COVID-19 Daily Health Check-In form online before coming to campus and must receive confirmation they are permitted to come onto campus.
  2. Once on campus, everyone is required to strictly comply with all protocols issued by Ontario Public Health, including wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, and washing hands frequently.

Accommodations

Accommodations will only be considered for medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Those students, faculty, or staff members who have been granted an accommodation, who are waiting for accommodation approval, or who are waiting to be considered fully vaccinated*, will be required to undergo testing at least twice per seven-day period here on campus.

While many of our students will pursue their studies online, we expect that some 20,000 members of our community will be back on campus this fall.

In keeping with our current efforts, we will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its highly dangerous variants.

We all share this responsibility.

We are asking our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to play an essential role in keeping ourselves, other members of the uOttawa family, and the Ottawa community at large safe and healthy.

Please keep visiting this page. We will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

You can consult our vaccination policy (PDF, 159 KB) for more information.


*As defined by the Province of Ontario, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or two weeks after receiving the Johnson and Johnson one-dose protocol vaccine. Return.


FAQ

How will this work?

It is mandatory that everyone in the uOttawa community – students, faculty, and staff – certify their vaccination status using the COVID‑19 Vaccination Declaration online tool whether they intend to come to campus or not.

Anyone visiting uOttawa for any reason, including contractors, vendors, tenants, and visitors, will also be required certify their vaccination status before coming to campus.

How the vaccination declaration process works

Students, faculty, staff members, and visitors (contractors, vendors, tenants, visitors), can use the COVID‑19 Vaccination Declaration tool to declare and prove their vaccination status or to request an accommodation.

Accommodations will only be considered for medical reasons or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you declare that you are vaccinated, you will be required to provide proof. Visit this Government of Canada website for information on how to obtain your proof of vaccination from every Canadian province or territory.

Beginning on September 7, 2021, only those who meet the vaccination status requirements will be allowed on campus.

Once they have received confirmation from uOttawa that their Vaccination Declaration has been registered, every person coming to campus will need to comply with these additional measures:

  1. In accordance with Ontario Government regulations, every person must fill out the COVID‑19 Daily Health Check-In form online before coming to campus and must receive confirmation they are permitted to come onto campus.
  2. Once on campus, everyone is required to strictly comply with all protocols issued by Ontario Public Health, including wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, and washing hands frequently.

Testing

Details for students, faculty, and staff

Individuals who are considered fully vaccinated and who have completed their COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration will not be required to undergo testing.

As of September 7, 2021, only the following groups of individuals will be required to undergo testing here on campus

  • Anyone with an approved accommodation (at least twice per seven-day period)
  • Anyone waiting for confirmation that their accommodation has been approved (at least twice per seven-day period)
  • Anyone who is partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered as fully vaccinated (once per seven-day period)

Students, faculty and staff will be offered here on campus, at the Minto Sports Complex, located at 801 King Edward Avenue. COVID‑19 Rapid Antigen tests will be required to be done at least twice per seven-day period. This testing rate may be increased to 3-to-4 times a week if Ottawa Public Health declares that the City of Ottawa is at a higher risk for community spread.

All those affected will receive specific information on testing in the days to come. Booking an appointment is required.

Details for visitors

Anyone visiting uOttawa for any reason, including contractors, vendors, tenants, and visitors, will also be required to certify their vaccination status, using the COVID‑19 Vaccination Declaration online tool.

Testing will not be required for individuals considered fully vaccinated and whose COVID‑19 Vaccination Declaration is complete.

However, as of September 7, 2021, testing will be required for the following individual visitors:

  • Any visitor with an approved accommodation
  • Any visitor waiting for confirmation that their accommodation has been approved
  • Any visitor who is partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered as fully vaccinated (immunised)

Visitors who require testing will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID‑19 test to be administered within a maximum of 48 hours prior to visiting campus through a function within the COVID‑19 Assessment Tool.

Getting vaccinated

Anyone who can be vaccinated, should get vaccinated. Vaccines save lives: science is unambiguous about this.

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health have opened a COVID‑19 vaccination clinic for students and employees. The clinic is in Rink #2 of the Minto Sports Complex, located at 801 King Edward Avenue. The clinic is open from Tuesday to Friday from 12:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. and Saturday from 9:45 a.m.– 4:15 p.m. (Sunday and Monday: closed).

How do I obtain my proof of vaccination?

Visit this Government of Canada website for information on how to obtain your proof of vaccination from any region of the country.

How will my vaccine information be safeguarded?

The personal information submitted to the University by an employee, student or visitor through the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration will be used for purposes of and those consistent with: ensuring the health, safety and security on campus; enabling continuity of learning and work of the University community when an exposure occurs; institutional planning and statistics; and following up with and investigating instances of non-compliance with University’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement and policy. This information will only be kept as long as required to meet the stated purposes.

If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information in this regard, please send an email to: QuestionsCOVID19@uottawa.ca.

What are the criteria for receiving an accommodation?

The University will consider requests for accommodation for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Students, faculty, and staff must submit their requests for accommodation using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool.

Medical grounds

Before requesting an accommodation to be exempted from vaccination for COVID-19 on medical grounds, we encourage members of the University community to review the information on immunocompromised health and autoimmune conditions found on the Ottawa Public Health website.

Note: If you request an accommodation on medical grounds, you will be required to provide documents supporting your request from your healthcare provider. This will be clearly explained as you use the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool to request an accommodation.

Other grounds recognised by the Ontario Human Rights Code

The Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) provides that every person has the right to equal treatment without discrimination because of creed. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) has stated that “creed” means a professed system and confession of faith, including beliefs and observances, if the beliefs and observances are sincerely held and/or observed. “Creed” does not include secular, moral, or ethical beliefs or political convictions. A person cannot claim discrimination in the absence of a sincerely held religious belief with a nexus to the divine or as a function of spiritual faith.

Please note that with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the position of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has been that a singular belief or personal preference against vaccinations and/or masks is not protected on the basis of creed under the Code.

Note: During the accommodation process, you will be required to provide documentation. You will receive clear instructions on how to provide this information when you use the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool.

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

As defined by the Province of Ontario (PDF, 276 KB), individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccination series or two weeks after receiving the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine.

Will you implement testing for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are required to do so?

Testing will not be required for individuals considered fully vaccinated and whose COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration is complete.

Details for students, faculty, and staff

Testing will not be required for individuals considered fully vaccinated and whose COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration is complete.

As of September 7, 2021, only the following groups of individuals will be required to undergo testing here on campus:

  • Anyone with an approved accommodation (at least twice per seven-day period)
  • Anyone waiting for confirmation that their accommodation has been approved (at least twice per seven-day period)
  • Anyone who is partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered as fully vaccinated (once per seven-day period)

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen tests will be available for students, faculty and staff members here on campus at the Minto Sports Complex, located at 801 King Edward Avenue. This testing rate may be increased to 3-to-4 times a week if Ottawa Public Health declares that the City of Ottawa is at a higher risk for community spread.

Details for visitors

Anyone visiting uOttawa for any reason, including contractors, vendors, tenants, and visitors, will also be required to certify their vaccination status, using the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool.

Testing will not be required for individuals considered fully vaccinated and whose COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration is complete.

However, as of September 7, 2021, testing will be required and only available for the following individual visitors:

  • Any visitor with an approved accommodation
  • Any visitor waiting for confirmation that their accommodation has been approved
  • Any visitor partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered as fully vaccinated (immunised)

Visitors who require testing will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be administered within a maximum of 48 hours prior to visiting campus through a function within the COVID-19 Assessment Tool.

Will I have to carry a vaccine or accommodation card?

No. You will not need to carry a vaccination or accommodation card, but you may need a copy of your declaration to take part in certain types of activities. This will be available in the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool.

If I have already provided proof of vaccination to uOttawa (e.g., as a student living in residence or an athlete), do I need to do so again?

The rules are the same for everyone (with the exception of the specific timing in receiving second doses). Students waiting for their second doses will be required, undergo two COVID-19 Rapid Antigen tests at least twice per seven-day period until they are considered fully vaccinated.

Note: Students living in residence and athletes who have already uploaded their proof of vaccination in the Housing Portal will not need to resubmit their documentation: this information will automatically be entered into the uOttawa COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool.

What if my vaccination documents are not in English or French? Do I need to have them translated?

No, you do not need to translate your documents.

Will people be stopped by Protection Services, faculty, or staff, when entering campus property and asked to provide proof of vaccination?

At this time there are no plans to check those who come onto campus property for proof of vaccination. However, in some instances – for special events, for example – proof of vaccination may be required. A record of your declaration will be available in the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration tool.

What are the consequences for submitting false or misleading information about vaccination status?

Misrepresenting your COVID-19 vaccination status is a serious matter. The University reserves the right to take action with respect to any individual who submits false information.

What about public spaces on campus? Will people need to show proof of vaccination to attend conferences? Go to coffee shops? The cafeteria? The bookstore?

Mandatory vaccination is a requirement that applies to all facilities on every campus, with no exceptions.

Anyone visiting uOttawa for any reason, including contractors, vendors, tenants, and visitors, will also be required certify their vaccination status before coming to campus.

How about sports events on campus? How will the University manage the activities of its varsity teams?

As of September 1, 2021, members of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) must comply with strict pandemic-related policies, which include mandatory vaccination for all participants (student-athletes, coaches, support staff, etc.) prior to taking part in any OUA-sanctioned program or event. All member universities also agreed to follow any other measures put in place by host institutions.

For activities involving teams coming from Quebec, the Quebec government has created a vaccination passport and the “Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec” (RSEQ) requires all participating teams to comply with this regulation.

Will I still need to complete the daily health check-in before coming to campus if I completed the declaration certification process or carry my proof of vaccination with me?

Yes, before attending campus each day, students, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete the COVID-19 Daily Health-Check-In online tool before coming on campus. It is an Ontario Government requirement for all workplaces in Ontario.

What options are available for students who refuse to get vaccinated?

We strongly suggest you reconsider. There are no good reasons to refuse vaccination except for valid medical reasons or on the basis of religion or creed. Anyone who can get vaccinated should do so. Vaccines save lives: science is unambiguous about this fact. We strongly suggest that you consult the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 FAQ to obtain information regarding why vaccines are so strongly recommended.

The University will offer online classes for most programs during the entire 2021-2022 academic year. We will do our best to work with students to find online alternatives to in-person classes. Unless you are vaccinated or granted an accommodation, online learning will be your only option. If online learning is not available for your program or parts of your program, it might be impossible to provide alternatives, which could result in a delay in the completion of your program.

What are the contingency plans if a booster or third vaccine is required?

The University will continue to update its policies in alignment with public health guidelines.

What if public health guidelines change again?

The University will update its policies to adhere to public health guidelines.

Who decided to make covid-19 vaccination mandatory at uottawa?

The decision was made by the University of Ottawa’s Executive Committee of the Board of Governors on the recommendation of uOttawa’s academic and administrative leadership, in alignment with the latest guidelines from Ottawa Public Health authorities.

uOttawa believes vaccination is the key to a safe and successful return to campus and to ensuring the safety of our community.

Why is vaccination now mandatory?

The health and safety of our university community is our top priority. Every decision we make aligns with public health guidelines. At the dawn of a fourth wave, it is even more important to have everybody vaccinated so that we can enhance our collective immunization against COVID-19 and the variants that are emerging. New variants and the lower vaccination rates in the age group of 18-39, compel us to act in the interest of health and safety for all. Moreover, taking this decision now will allow our students, faculty, and staff sufficient time to receive their first dose (by September 7) before the fall term is in full swing.

Where and how to get vaccinated

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health have opened a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic geared towards post-secondary students here on campus at the Minto Sports Complex located at 801 King Edward Avenue, rink #2.

The clinic’s opening hours are:

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Anyone seeking a vaccine can come on a first come first served basis during hours of operation and receive one. No appointment is necessary.

Appointment cards may be given with a return time later in the day to receive a vaccine if the clinic is very busy.

How to book an appointment elsewhere in Ontario

To book an appointment through the provincial online system, you will be asked for the following information:

  • Government of Ontario green photo health card
  • Birth date
  • Postal code
  • Email address or phone number

At the initial time of booking, eligible individuals will schedule their first and second vaccination appointments.

Students and their families in the Gatineau region may be vaccinated at the Ottawa Public Health vaccination clinic at the uOttawa Minto Sports Complex located at 801 King Edward Avenue, rink #2.

For residents of Quebec outside of the Gatineau region: find out about the procedure and the clinics where you can get vaccinated.

International students: Please refer to the FAQ section of the International Office’s UHIP webpage under the “How to get your COVID-19 vaccine in Canada?” section.

Is it worth getting COVID-19 vaccines if new variants are becoming more of a concern?

According to health authorities, yes. The science is clear: vaccines remain our best defense against COVID-19 and variants.

How does this affect our community vaccinated outside of Canada?

Individuals who have received a full series of a vaccine that is approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) (PDF, 835 KB), will be considered fully vaccinated by the University of Ottawa to enter the campus and must upload proof of their vaccination status received in any language using the COVID-19 Assessment Tool.

To be exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Canada, travellers must be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada. Travellers are not permitted to quarantine on campus.

Individuals who have received one dose of a vaccine outside of Canada or who are fully vaccinated by a non WHO approved vaccine should follow the directions of Ottawa Public Health.

For more information see The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada (PDF, 148 KB).

For students who have not been able to receive a first dose yet here are the steps to follow to come on campus:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Assessment Tool as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
    Select option 5: I would like to request an accommodation for a reason other than medical or religious.
  2. If you have an in-person class starting soon, someone from the Registrar’s office will reach out to you for additional information.
  3. Get your first dose as soon as possible once your quarantine has finished.
  4. Update the COVID-19 Assessment Tool with your vaccination status.
  5. Follow the testing requirements provided to be able to come to campus.
  6. Update the COVID-19 Assessment Tool again once you have your second dose.

For any questions or to obtain additional information about the vaccination accommodation process for students, please contact regi-vac@uottawa.ca.

Where can I get more information of COVID-19 vaccines?

You can get more information of COVID-19 vaccines by visiting Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety website and the Government of Canada’s facts about COVID-19 vaccines website.

Can I request an exemption from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination to come on campus?

Accommodation requests must be submitted no later than September 7, 2021, for individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

  • Medical grounds

    Before requesting a medical accommodation for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, members of our community are encouraged to go to the Ottawa Public Health’s website for information on immunocompromised or autoimmune conditions.

    As part of the process, documentation will be required from your health-care provider in support of your request for an accommodation.

  • Religion/Creed

    The Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) provides that every person has the right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination because of creed. The Ontario Human Rights Commission has stated that “creed” means a professed system and confession of faith, including beliefs and observances, if the beliefs and observances are sincerely held and/or observed. “Creed” does not include secular, moral or ethical beliefs or political convictions.

    Please note that with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) position has been that a singular belief or personal preference against vaccinations and/or masks is not protected on the ground of creed under the Code.

Students: You will be able to request an accommodation through the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration online tool as of September 1.

Faculty and staff: You will be able to request an accommodation through the COVID-19 Assessment tool as of September 1.

What happens if I refuse to get vaccinated and my presence is still required on campus?

Accommodations will only be considered for individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Do I still need to wear a mask after I am fully vaccinated?

Currently, the requirement to wear a mask inside our buildings still stands. All public health guidelines such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing remain in effect.

How will people need to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

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