Vaccination requirement

Last updated: September 1, 2021

The Ontario Government’s Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Chief Medical Officer of Health have provided instruction that requires universities to implement a mandatory proof of vaccination program by September 7, 2021.

Ensuring high rates of vaccination remains the most important way we can protect public health during the pandemic and reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to work with our local, provincial and federal health units to ensure the safety of our campus community. These government directives and evidence-based guidelines have informed our vaccine requirement and our planning for a safe return to campus.

Vaccine policy overview

  • As of September 7, everyone in the University of Waterloo community, including visitors must provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus.
  • Health Canada or World Health Organization-approved vaccines will be accepted.
  • Residents need to have received their first dose before their scheduled residence move-in date and provide proof of vaccination to the University of Waterloo before they move-in.
  • Everyone must be fully vaccinated no later than October 17, 2021.
  • Anyone who can’t get a vaccine due to medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit a request for accommodation.
  • Anyone granted accommodation and anyone not yet fully vaccinated must test negative on a rapid antigen test no more than 72 hours before coming to our campuses and buildings.
  • First and second dose vaccines are available at Health Services.

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