With the return of students to the University for the fall term, you should be aware that respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza continue to circulate in our community both on-campus and off.
The COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, with scientists and public health experts sounding caution over new virulent variants such as EG.5 and BA.2.86 that could give rise to increased case counts this fall.
There are steps you can take to protect yourselves and those around you.
Maintaining up-to date vaccinations for COVID-19 and influenza remain the most important protective measures you can take.
Health Services offers the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to all UWaterloo students and employees. Please call 519-888-4096 to book your appointment. For more information visit the Campus Wellness website.
The Student Health Pharmacy in the basement of the Student Life Centre (SLC) also offers COVID-19 booster shots (Pfizer and Moderna) and flu shots. Call 519-746-4500 or extension 33784 for an appointment. The pharmacy welcomes walk-ins.
Get a booster dose as soon as you can.
We also encourage you to think of the people around you and help limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask in indoor settings. A mask that fits well, has multiple layers, and has an effective filter layer is best.
Additionally, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, protect your colleagues or classmates by not coming to campus. To help you decide if you should isolate, you can use the provincial self-assessment tool.
Looking ahead, seasonal influenza outbreaks occur in Canada from late fall through the winter months. Later in the fall term, Health Services will offer flu vaccine clinics for high-risk individuals by appointment, followed by clinics for employees, students (and students’ families if registered with the Family Health Clinic), alumni and retirees.
Visit the Campus Wellness website or check the Daily Bulletin in October for more information about the timing of these on-campus vaccine clinics.