Vaccination Information for Residents

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Vaccination Information for Residents

VACCINATION OVERVIEW

Mandatory Vaccine Requirements: Faculty, Staff, and Students

Effective for the 2021-22 academic year, the University will require faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021, recognizing that many members of our campus community are already vaccinated or will be prior to the start of the Fall 2021 term.

The University will provide additional information to our faculty, staff and students in the coming days, including information relating to requests for exemption in alignment with The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.

Mandatory Vaccine Requirements: Students Athletes and Students in Residence

The University continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the broader community and as such will be implementing a mandatory vaccine requirement for certain students.

Effective for the 2021-22 academic and athletic year, students who participate in activities that carry a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, notably those:

  • living in residence;
  • engaging in varsity sports; and
  • acting as student athletic trainers

are required to have received a full course of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine or a full course of one of the vaccines on the World Health Organizations’ Emergency Use Listing.

The categories of individuals that are required to be fully vaccinated may change or be updated as public health recommendations evolve.

This decision was made with the health and safety of our University of Regina community at the forefront and in consideration of the:

  • Unique interactions sports entail, including close and regular contact in practices and competitions, group travel, and interaction with students from other institutions in high touch, competitive environments; and,
  • High level of contact students who live in residence have with one another, including common areas and in some cases, shared kitchens, washrooms and other facilities.
Approved Vaccines

After scientific reviews for safety, efficacy, and quality, Health Canada has approved four vaccines for use in Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
  • Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020
  • AstraZeneca – approved on February 26, 2021
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – approved on March 5, 2021

Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines are approved, how they work, and possible side effects by visiting Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccine information website.

The University of Regina will accept any vaccines that are approved by Health Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Janssen) as well as those on the World Health Organizations’ Emergency Use Listing.

Proof of Vaccination and COVID-19 Verification Forms

THE STUDENT VILLAGE AT LUTHER COLLEGE RESIDENCE COVID-19 VERIFICATION FORM

Proof of Vaccination

Most provinces have online forms that can be submitted to your local health authority to have your COVID-19 vaccines added to your e-health. Once you complete the form and your COVID-19 vaccines have been added to your immunization record, you can submit that as proof of vaccination.

If your province does not have such a form, please contact the Public Health Unit in your town/city or province/state for further guidance on how to have your vaccines added to your immunization record.

NOTE: The wallet card you received at your vaccination is not official proof of vaccination.

Requesting an Exemption

Exemptions from / accommodation for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement may be granted for verifiable medical or religious/creed-based reasons under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.

To access this form, please contact Jeffery Raymond, Manager, Centre for Student Accessibility via housing.accommodations@uregina.ca.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - GENERAL

Why are these student groups being required to be vaccinated?

Statistics show that vaccines are one of the most important and effective forms of intervention in reducing the transmission and effect of COVID-19. As such, the University of Regina along with Luther College is implementing mandatory vaccine requirements for students living on campus, who are at a higher risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. The decision was made considering the high level of contact students who live in residence have with one another, including common areas and shared dining areas and washrooms/showers and other facilities.

Is the University requiring other students or faculty and staff to also be vaccinated?

Yes. The University of Regina will expand the required vaccine mandate to include the remainder of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) and Federated Colleges including Luther College. More information will be provided in the coming days.

In the meantime, the University of Regina and Luther College strongly encourages everyone coming to its campuses – faculty, staff, students and visitors – to be fully vaccinated and continues to ensure many protective measures are in place. The Fall semester at the University of Regina and Luther College is a transitional one which means there will be a low-density presence.

Masks are currently required in all public spaces on campus, including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, etc. Classrooms and meeting rooms are set at 50 per cent capacity to ensure a low density of people in a space). Physical distancing, sanitization and self-health checks are also required on campus premises.

The University of Regina and Luther College continue to monitor the pandemic’s progress and will respond to Saskatchewan Health Authority’s public health protocols and other information and circumstances as they develop.

Which vaccine(s) do these students need?

The University of Regina and Luther College will accept any vaccines that are approved by Health Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Janssen) as well as those on the World Health Organizations’ Emergency Use Listing.

If I had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?

Yes, students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to be fully vaccinated.

What is the defintion of being fully vaccinated?

People are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving (i) a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or (ii) a single dose of an approved one-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are unvaccinated:

  • Get vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine. The University of Regina will be offering vaccine clinics during move-in and welcome weekend. Contact Michelle Clark (michelle.clark@uregina.ca) for dates and times.

If you have one dose of a Health Canada-approved two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca):

  • Get your second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine. The University of Regina will be offering vaccine clinics during move-in and welcome weekend. Contact Michelle Clark (michelle.clark@uregina.ca) for dates and times.

If you have received one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine:

  • No further vaccination required.

If you have received two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca):

  • No further vaccination required.
Where can I get vaccinated? Am I able to get vaccinated on campus?

Vaccination clinics and appointments are readily available. All the information students need to book an appointment or locate a clinic can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine.  The University of Regina will also be offering vaccine clinics throughout move-in and welcome weekend.

Additionally, the University of Regina continues to host pop-up, on-campus, vaccination clinics for our faculty, staff, students, and their immediate family members. Contact Michelle Clark (michelle.clark@uregina.ca) for dates and times.

What if I cannot be vaccinated? Are there exemptions to the mandatory vaccination requirement?

Exemptions from / accommodation for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement may be granted for verifiable medical or religious/creed-based reasons under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.

The University of Regina and Luther College have developed a form for students seeking to live in The Student Village at Luther College and requesting accommodation / exemption.

  • This form can be accessed by contacting Jeffery Raymond, Manager, Centre for Student Accessibility via housing.accommodations@uregina.ca
  • Completed forms, including required documentation, must be submitted to Jeffery Raymond, Manager, Centre for Student Accessibility via housing.accommodations@uregina.ca and must be received on or before September 7, 2021 or at least 48-hours prior to your scheduled move-in for late arrivals (i.e. after September 7, 2021). 
  • For individuals moving into residence other than at the beginning of the Fall 2021 term, the request for accommodation/exemption must be submitted at the time they apply to live in residence.
How do I get proof of vaccination if I did not receive my COVID-19 vaccine doses in the province or country that I am a resident of?

Most provinces have online forms that can be submitted to your local health authority to have your COVID-19 vaccines added to your e-health. Once you complete the form and your COVID-19 vaccines have been added to your immunization record, you can submit that as proof of vaccination.

If your province does not have such a form, please contact the Public Health Unit in your town/city or province/state for further guidance on how to have your vaccines added to your immunization record.

Can I submit the card I received at my vaccine as proof of vaccination?

No, these are not official proof of vaccination. Please see above for what is considered official proof of vaccination.

How will my vaccination records be protected and my privacy maintained?

Documentation relating to a student’s vaccination status, like all personal information, will be maintained and protected in accordance with The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - STUDENTS IN RESIDENCE

How many students are expected to be living in The Student Village at Luther College in the Fall?

We are expecting approximately 50 students to be living in Luther’s residence this Fall.

Will residence staff be required to be vaccinated? if not, why not?

The University of Regina will expand the required vaccine mandate to include the remainder of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) and Federated Colleges including Luther College. More information will be provided in coming days.

The University of Regina and Luther College strongly encourages everyone coming to its campuses – faculty, staff, students and visitors – to be fully vaccinated.

The University of Regina and Luther College have extended safety protocols on campus meaning all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are currently required to wear masks in all public spaces on campus. Physical distancing, sanitization and self-health checks are also required on campus premises.

Do I have to be fully vaccinated prior to moving in?

No. Students will have 10 days from their move-in date to receive their first dose. Students will then have 30 days after their first dose to receive their second dose.

How will I confirm with Luther College that I am vaccinated?

All students will be required to fill out a verification form and submit it, along with provide proof of vaccination, to Jeffery Raymond, Manager, Centre for Student Accessibility via housing.accommodations@uregina.ca either:

  • on or before September 7, 2021 for new and current residents

    OR
  • 48-hours prior to your scheduled move-in time if after September 7, 2021

Proof of vaccination can come in the form of an official electronic/hard copy of your province/state/country’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate (i.e. for Sask residents this can be found on your eHealth account) or a provincial/state/country’s vaccination passport.  Please ensure your name and the date of vaccination are clearly stated.

THE STUDENT VILLAGE AT LUTHER COLLEGE RESIDENCE COVID-19 VERIFICATION FORM

What if I choose to not be fully vaccinated and do not qualify for an accommodation?

Luther College will gladly assist and support students living in The Student Village at Luther College to become fully vaccinated by the indicated deadline; however, if a student no longer wants to live in our residence, they can contact  luther.college.residence@uregina.ca to complete the cancellation process.

I have been granted an accommodation, do I still get my first choice of room?

If an accommodation/exemption request is granted, students will be subject to additional conditions, protocols and/or restrictions. For students living in residence, this may mean that their first choice of room cannot be accommodated.

Will students who are already living in residence need to be vaccinated?

Students currently living in The Student Village at Luther College are required to meet the mandatory vaccination requirements and by the same deadlines as those students joining us in the Fall, they must be fully vaccinated by on or before October 8, 2021.

If I decide I do not want to live in The Student Village at Luther College, can I get my security deposit back?

Yes. If a student no longer wants to live in The Student Village at Luther College, please email luther.college.residence@uregina.ca to complete the cancellation process.

Can unvaccinated students participate in residence events?

Students awaiting vaccination or those who have been granted an accommodation may participate in residence community events, but must observe all COVID-19 health and safety protocols required by the University of Regina and Luther College, such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining physical distancing, using hand sanitizer, etc.

How does this impact short term guests to residences on campus?

The University of Regina and Luther College provide short term housing for certain guests. These guests may be asked to disclose their vaccination status, but mandatory vaccinations will not be required of these guests. Alternate arrangements will be made for their housing.

During the course of the pandemic, the University of Regina and Luther College have hosted special groups on campus, such as WHL hockey teams. These special groups operate in a contained “bubble” and the level of contact they have with others is low. Additionally, these groups maintain their own health plans/protocols in keeping with public health requirements and recommendations. These groups are also subject to the University of Regina and Luther College’s protocols such as masking in all public areas on campus.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN RESIDENCE

I'm an international student. How do I get vaccinated once I am in Canada?

The University of Regina will be offering on-campus vaccine clinics during move-in and welcome weekend. There will be additional vaccine clinics set up throughout the month of September.

Do I still need to quarantine if I am fully vaccinated when I arrive in Canada?

The University of Regina will expand the required vaccine mandate to include the remainder of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) and Federated Colleges including Luther College. More information will be provided in coming days.

Fully vaccinated travellers (approved by PHAC) are exempt from:

  • Quarantine
  • Day-8 testing requirement

NOT fully vaccinated travellers (or vaccinated with a non-PHAC approved vaccine) are subject to:

  • Mandatory 14 days quarantine
  • On-arrival COVID-19 test at the port of entry
  • Day-8 testing requirement

NOTE:

  • 3-night mandatory hotel stay have been lifted for travellers regardless of their vaccination status
  • All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must still provide a suitable quarantine plan in case they need to quarantine

Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

Can I attend a vaccine clinic while in quarantine?

No, you cannot leave your room during quarantine. Students who are required to quarantine must complete this requirement prior to seeking vaccination.  

Does it matter that my vaccine is not a Health Canada approved vaccine?

The University of Regina and Luther College will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organizations’ Emergency Use Listing.