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.
The following chart outlines actions based on vaccination status and vaccine type.
|Vaccination type/status||Action upon arrival on campus|
|Unvaccinated||Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose before move-in.|
|One dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca||Receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada.|
|Two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca||No additional vaccines required.|
|One dose of Johnson & Johnson||No additional vaccines required.|
|One dose of Sinovac or Sinopharm||Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose before move-in.*|
|Two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm||No additional vaccines required.|
|Partial or full series of any other vaccines||Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose before move-in.*|
* International students seeking their first dose of the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine may receive one at our on-campus vaccine centre as long as it is 28 days after their last vaccination. As per NACI recommendations, an interval of at least 28 days after the administration of any other vaccine should be taken before administrating the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
International students should reach out to the International Student Experience team email@example.com to ensure their vaccine and quarantine requirements are met.
Protect yourself and protect our community
- Health Services is offering COVID-19 vaccines to everyone on campus (18 years of age or older)
- Book an appointment by phone: 519-888-4096
- The Region of Waterloo also offers a number of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics (12 years of age or older)