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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.
When should I get tested?
If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or your public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, book an appointment to be tested.
How do I make an appointment for testing?
Testing is by appointment only. You do not need a doctor’s referral to get tested.
To make an appointment:
- Complete this online COVID-19 Assessment Registration Form.
- Once registered online, you will be contacted with an appointment date and time. Appointment times will be from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
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.
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.
Employees who cannot work from home and have regular contact with other employees, students or the public are ideal candidates.
Students living in Waterloo Residence, attending in-person classes, participating in athletics, or working on campus are also eligible.
Examples of eligible participants include:
- Researchers or instructors who cannot maintain physical distancing or who conduct human participant research
- Employees and students working in labs on campus
- Employees in Housing, Food Services and Plant Operations
- Athletics coaching staff and front-line employees
- Employees and students who agree to testing twice per week, for at least four weeks
Unsuitable candidates include employees who work from home and periodically attend campus.
Location and hours
Davis Centre (DC), Room 1301 (the Fishbowl)
Hours of operation:
- Monday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As of July 29, 2021, Thursday hours of operation will change to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Frequently asked questions
Will being vaccinated impact the results of the rapid antigen test?
No, vaccination will not affect rapid antigen testing. In fact, we encourage those who are vaccinated to be part of the rapid antigen testing.
Is this the same as being tested at Health Services?
Rapid testing of asymptomatic individuals will happen at the rapid screening site on campus.
Individuals showing symptoms should follow the instructions on the Health Services COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre page.
What can I expect at the screening visit?
Participants will schedule an appointment online and then attend the on-campus, rapid screening site which will be supervised by a registered nurse. Staff will instruct and assist participants with the self-swab, nasal test, read the test results and contact anyone who screens positive.
What if I test positive?
Staff will contact those who screen positive and direct them to self-isolate and attend the Health Services COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre for testing.
How often should I be tested
Ideally, participants should be tested 1-2 times per week for maximum benefit. Occasional testing is appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
How do I get the results?
Staff will only contact those individuals who test positive.
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
- All first year, upper year, graduate, and live-in student staff are required to be vaccinated with a Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccine to live in residence.
What kind of vaccine is being offered?
The vaccine available is Moderna, an mRNA vaccine that requires two doses 28 days apart.
Who is eligible to receive a vaccine at this site?
The vaccine centre is open to all students, employees, and family members of students and employees.
Please note: You must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and have completed the daily campus check-in to attend the centre for vaccination.
How do I learn more and book an appointment?
You must book an appointment in advance. Please call 519-888-4096 to book your appointment. Be prepared to provide the following information:
- Full Legal name
- Student ID # (if applicable)
- Address (including postal code)
- Telephone number
- UWaterloo email address
- Health insurance information (Provincial Health card or UHIP information)
- Current vaccination status (partially vaccinated or not vaccinated) and the type of vaccination you received if applicable. If you are unsure of your vaccination status (obtained vaccinations in another country or are unsure if you are able to receive a vaccine), please call Public Health at 519-575 4400 or read about COVID-19 vaccine guidance from the Ministry of Health.