Testing, rapid screening and vaccination

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The Health Services COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre is open to University of Waterloo students, employees, postdocs and their family members who live in the same household. 

Rapid antigen screening

The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen screening site is open and screening eligible asymptomatic employees and students. An appointment is required to be booked in the system, however same-day walk-in appointments are available if space permits.

Rapid antigen screening helps identify asymptomatic individuals infected with COVID-19 that regular screening protocols such as symptom screening might otherwise miss and therefore helps break the chain of transmission by preventing these individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19.

As per Ministry of Health guidance, rapid antigen screening testing is generally not recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated. (i.e. more than 14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series) as the likelihood for COVID-19 is low for this group which reduces the utility of screening and could result in an increase of false positive results.

Please note that this screening is for asymptomatic employees and students only. Students and employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must contact the Health Services COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre.

Before scheduling an appointment, please review the eligibility criteria below. 

Frequently asked questions

Everyone must conduct self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and record their presence via Campus Check-In before arriving at the Rapid Antigen Screening site.


  • A vaccine centre is now open at Health Services and available to all students, employees, and family members of students and employees
  • Proof of vaccination is mandatory with accommodations available for medical or human rights grounds