What's Up with Vaccinations?
The University of Waterloo now requires that all people who enter campus be vaccinated against COVID-19 (effective September 7).
Accordingly, Grebel will now require all people entering our buildings to have received at least a first dose (and preferably a second) of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to move-in in September 2021. Vaccines that are approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) will also be accepted for international students.
Do I only need the first vaccine or is the second dose required as well?
If possible, we ask that you be fully vaccinated with both doses before the September 2021 move-in date. This timing may be challenging for some to meet, so the minimum requirement is a first dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine, (or a WHO approved vaccine), before move-in. Proof of second dose is required by October 17, 2021.
Can I get a vaccination at the University of Waterloo?
A vaccination centre is available on the Waterloo campus at Health Services for all students. The centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12 pm Monday to Friday. You must make an appointment and be COVID-19 symptom free.
Visit COVID-19 vaccine centre for more information.
What proof of vaccination will be accepted?
Vaccination documentation will be required for all students. After receiving your shot(s):
- forward your confirmation email or
- send a scanned copy of your vaccination receipt or
- send a photo of your vaccination receipt
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Privacy protocols will be adhered to.
Are there any exceptions to the mandatory vaccine policy? How do I request an exemption?
Those who for medical or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code choose not to be vaccinated may request an exemption.
If you wish to request an exemption, email Mary Brubaker-Zehr outlining your reasons for the request. Upon receipt of your email, Mary will be in touch with further information.
Will Grebel turn me away from residence or the apartments if I cannot show proof of vaccination upon arrival?
Students will not be permitted to move-in to residence or the apartments without proof of a first dose (unless exemptions have been previously arranged with Mary Brubaker-Zehr, Director of Student Services) and will need to arrange their own housing and assume responsibility for all extra incurred costs until they can provide proof of vaccination. Vaccines are available by appointment at University of Waterloo Health Services and in other clinics in Waterloo Region (some are walk-in). Residence/apartment fees will not be adjusted. Students must get a second dose of an approved vaccine as soon as possible within the recommended time period and provide proof that they have done so by October 17, 2021.
Will Grebel be testing students for COVID-19 upon arrival in September?
Grebel is working with a testing provider for a voluntary, free PCR test at the beginning of the term. In addition, the University of Waterloo is providing rapid antigen testing on campus through Health Services. Visit https://uwaterloo.ca/coronavirus/testing-rapid-screening-and-vaccinations#screening for more information.
Will I have to wear a mask in residence even if I’m fully vaccinated?
At this time, in keeping with guidance from our local Public Health authority and the University of Waterloo, masks are required in common areas of the residence building, such as halls and lounges. Masks are not required during meals in the dining room, on the patio, or in other outdoor spaces.
More questions?: email Student Services at Conrad Grebel University College
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