OVERVIEW OF THE NEW VACCINE POLICY

Thursday, July 22, 2021

In earlier correspondence, we conveyed a strong expectation that students living in our undergraduate residences should get a COVID vaccination. I am writing today to inform you that, pursuant to a new directive from the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo, vaccination is now a requirement. 

All students moving into our residence this fall need to have received, at a minimum, their first dose of an approved vaccine before the move-in period. They must also get a second dose of an approved vaccine as soon as possible and provide proof that they have done so.

We understand that this is not the information you were provided at the time you signed your contract. If you no longer wish to come to residence, you may choose to withdraw by July 31st and receive a full refund on any paid fees, including the $500 deposit.

We feel that a vaccinated community provides everyone with the greatest degree of safety and will better position us to return to more normal activities. Residences are high-density environments that encourage and promote positive interactions between individuals as part of the co-curricular educational experience. Those living in congregate living spaces like student residences face unique risks for transmission of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant which has had a significant effect on our region. During the second wave of the pandemic, overall case volumes were highest among 20–29-year-olds. Therefore, making sure that students can live in residences with very high rates of vaccination helps protect you and our whole campus community.

OVERVIEW OF THE NEW VACCINE POLICY

All students and student-staff living in the St. Paul’s residence will be required to be vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine. Students will need to verify their vaccine status in advance of moving into residence and show proof of vaccination upon arrival. First and second dose vaccines will be available on campus for students. Students arriving without a first dose will be given 2 weeks to receive their first dose.   

If you are an international student, please review the COVID-19 resources and contact the International Student Experience team if you have any questions about your vaccine and quarantine requirements. 

  • Students will be required to submit vaccine documentation prior to moving in. Documentation will be managed by designated College officials and follow all St. Paul’s information and privacy policies. Please contact stpauls@uwaterloo.ca for more details.
  • Exemptions will be available.  Residents who can’t get a vaccine due to medical reasons or for other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit a request for accommodation. Please contact stpauls@uwaterloo.ca for more details.
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