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Returning to Campus in 2021 and 2022
University of Regina

Vaccination Information

Vaccines are the safest and most effective defence against COVID-19 and, in particular, the growing spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. With the return of many in-person courses, events, and activities on campus, members of our campus community have an expectation to learn, teach and work in the safest environment possible.

On August 13, the University of Regina announced that faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated effective October 1, 2021. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing and receive negative results.

Fall 2021 term requirements (effective October 1, 2021)

The vaccine/rapid testing requirement applies to all students, faculty and staff planning to access the University of Regina Main Campus, College Avenue Campus, and/or Federated College Campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert to study, work, attend events/activities, and/or use facilities (eg. library, study spaces, gymnasiums, Fitness and Lifestyle Centre) in Fall 2021.

There are two provisions for students, faculty, and staff.

1.  Proof of Vaccination:

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to provide proof of full vaccination by October 1, 2021.
  • Students (domestic and international) who are registered for any on-campus/in-person classes or who will be accessing the University of Regina Main Campus, College Avenue Campus, and/or Federated College Campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert in-person to study, work, and/or use facilities (eg. library, study spaces, gymnasiums, Fitness and Lifestyle Centre) in Fall 2021 are required to provide proof of vaccination by October 1, 2021.
  • Students who are studying exclusively remotely and will not be accessing campus in Fall 2021 will not be required to provide proof of vaccination until sometime in November in preparation for the Winter 2022 semester. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
  • The University is developing a secure on-line portal that will allow for uploading proof of vaccination documentation. Further information and instructions will be provided related to the process for uploading your documentation as soon as possible.

2. Regular, Rapid Antigen Testing with Negative Results:

  • Anyone who declines to provide proof of vaccination, will only be permitted to access campus provided they undergo regular rapid antigen testing and receive negative results. Rapid antigen testing involves taking a swab from inside the front of the nostrils. Once the swab has been collected, it takes 20 minutes to confirm the result. Additional details regarding the testing process will be provided as they are finalized in the coming days.

  • Both the proof of vaccination and the testing process will be managed with privacy and security as top priorities. The University has previously established processes to ensure that faculty, staff and students’ personal information, including personal health information, is protected in accordance with The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Protection Act. Only a very limited number of staff will be involved in the collection and management of personal health information.
  • The University has requested that its contractors, suppliers, and tenants on campus follow its vaccine/rapid testing requirement.

  • Members of the general public who come to campus will be required to follow the University’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19 while on campus, including: masking, hand sanitizing, and physical distancing where applicable.

  • If you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 or the flu, please do not come to campus, call the 811 (HealthLine), get tested for COVID-19 if advised to do so. Do not return to campus until you have received a negative test result and it has been 48 hours since your symptoms have passed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is the University making vaccination or regular rapid antigen testing a requirement?

Statistics show that vaccines are one of the most important and effective forms of intervention in reducing the transmission and effect of COVID-19, including the highly-transmissible Delta variant. With the return of many in-person courses, events, and activities, members of our campus community have an expectation to learn, teach and work in the safest environment possible.

The University of Regina requires that students, faculty, and staff show proof of full vaccination effective October 1, 2021. Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated for any reason, or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing and receive negative results. 

Does the vaccination requirement apply to everyone?

All students, faculty and staff planning to access the University of Regina Main Campus, College Avenue Campus, and/or Federated College Campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert to study, work, attend events/activities, and/or use facilities (eg. library, study spaces, gymnasiums, Fitness and Lifestyle Centre) in Fall 2021 are required to provide proof of full vaccination by October 1, 2021.

In preparation for the Winter 2022 semester when the University will return to near-normal operations, all remaining students (including those studying remotely during the Fall 2021 term) will also be required to declare their vaccination status. More information will be forthcoming in November.

Which vaccine(s) are required/approved?

The University of Regina will accept any vaccines that are approved by Health Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Janssen) 

If you received a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, please refer to the Government of Canada recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada for those staying in Canada to live, work or study.

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

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

What is the definition of being fully vaccinated?

People* are considered 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 (e.g. Janssen) (iii) three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine as per this information from the Government of Canada.


If you are unvaccinated

Get vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine. The University will be offering clinics regularly.


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 will be offering vaccine clinics regularly.


If you have a complete or incomplete course/series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine

Get an additional dose of one mRNA vaccine. The University will be offering vaccine clinics regularly.


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

No further vaccination required.


If you have received two doses of Health Canada-approved vaccine

(Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)

No further vaccination required.


If you have received three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine

No further doses recommended at this time.

What documentation is required/accepted for proof of vaccination?

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

For those who received their vaccination in Saskatchewan, the process for obtaining your proof of immunization can be accessed at Saskatchewan - Proof of COVID Vaccination.

If you received your vaccination elsewhere in Canada, please contact the Public Health Unit in that area for further guidance on how to obtain your official immunization record including COVID vaccines.

If you received your vaccination outside of Canada, please refer to the Government of Canada recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada for those staying in Canada to live, work or study.

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

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

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

The University is developing a secure on-line portal that will allow for uploading proof of vaccination documentation. Further information and instructions will be provided related to the process for uploading your documentation as soon as possible.

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/pharmacy can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine

Additionally, the University of Regina continues to host on-campus pop-up vaccination clinics for our students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. Students should watch their email inbox and keep an eye on the U of R’s social media channels for dates and times.

Are there any exceptions to the October 1 deadline?

Students who are taking remotely-delivered classes only and who have no plans to attend campuses in-person will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo testing at this time. However, the University plans to extend the requirement for proof of vaccination to all registered students as we welcome the majority of students back to campus for the Winter 2022 term.  More information will be provided in November 2021 to enable students arriving or returning to campus in January to submit their vaccination status.

The only other exceptions at this time are for student athletes who will be required to provide proof of vaccination by September 24. Students living in residence will be required to be fully vaccinated (or undergo testing) within 30 days of their arrival – although there are exceptions should they be required to quarantine and be unable to receive their vaccination(s). Further information for these two student groups is available through Athletics, Housing Services, or UR International.

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

Anyone who cannot or will not provide proof of vaccination will be required to undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Rapid antigen testing involves taking a swab from immediately inside the front of the nostrils.  Once the swab has been collected, it takes 20 minutes to confirm the result. Additional details regarding the testing process will be provided as they are finalized in the coming days.

What about students who are doing all their learning remotely?

At this time students who are taking remotely-delivered courses only and are not accessing campus services or participating in on-campus activities/events are not required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo testing until later in the Fall semester as we prepare for a return to near-normal operations in January.

How, where, and when will the regular, rapid testing be conducted? How would I access that option? How will my privacy protected should I choose to access this option?

Anyone granted an exemption under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018 or anyone who declines to provide proof of vaccination, will be required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing. Rapid antigen testing involves taking a swab from immediately inside the front of the nostrils. Once the swab has been collected, it takes about 20 minutes to confirm the result. Additional details regarding the testing process will be provided as they are finalized in the coming days.

How, where and when will the regular, rapid testing be conducted? How would I access that option?

Anyone who cannot or will not provide proof of vaccination is required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing. Rapid antigen testing involves taking a swab from immediately inside the front of the nostrils. Once the swab has been collected, it takes about 20 minutes to confirm the result. Additional details regarding the testing process will be provided as they are finalized in the coming days.

If I am fully vaccinated, do I have to follow other safety measures like wearing masks?

Yes. Everyone is required to follow current health and safety protocols on our campuses  regardless of their vaccination status; this includes the University’s current requirement of wearing masks in all indoor spaces where required. Further information on mask usage and other health and safety protocols can be found on our Return to Campus page.

What other health and safety protocols will be in place?

The Fall semester is a transitional one with approximately 22 per cent of all courses being offered face to face; everything else is remote. This means that only 4,000 to 5,000 students will be on campus on any given day of the week, and at staggered times over the course of the day; and students and faculty/staff will be spread out throughout the many campus buildings and floors. As such, there will be a low density presence given our campus size.

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. If you are not feeling well, do not come on to campus.

The University continues 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.

Is my vaccine information confidential? Will my vaccine status be shared with my supervisor or my professors?

All personal health information is confidential and will not be shared with your supervisor or professors. In collecting this information the University assumes the responsibility to protect it, keep it confidential and only use it for the purpose for which it is intended.

What about visitors to campus? Will contractors, delivery personnel, community users, sporting event spectators, etc. all be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo testing?

The University has requested that its contractors, suppliers, and tenants on campus follow its vaccine/rapid testing requirement. Members of the general public who come to campus will be required to follow the University’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19. These include: masking, hand sanitizing, and physical distancing where applicable.

International Student FAQs

I’m an international student. Does the vaccine and/or testing requirement apply to me?

All students (domestic and international) who are registered for any on-campus/in-person classes or who will be accessing the University of Regina Main Campus, College Avenue Campus, and/or Federated College Campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert in-person to study, work, attend events or activities, and/or use facilities (eg. library, study spaces, gymnasiums, Fitness and Lifestyle Centre) in Fall 2021 are required to provide proof of vaccination by October 1, 2021.

International students who will not be able to meet this deadline due to their late arrival in Canada will be provided a grace period.

All students (including international students), faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated for any reason, or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing and receive negative results. 

How do I get vaccinated once I am in Canada?

Vaccination clinics and appointments are readily available. All the information students need to book an appointment or locate a clinic/pharmacy can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine

Additionally, the University of Regina continues to host on-campus pop-up vaccination clinics for our students, faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. Students should watch their email inbox and keep an eye on the U of R’s social media channels for dates and times.

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

The University is developing a secure on-line portal that will allow for uploading proof of vaccination documentation. Further information and instructions will be provided related to the process for uploading your documentation as soon as possible.

What is the definition of being fully vaccinated?

People* are considered 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 (e.g. Janssen) (iii) three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine as per this information from the Government of Canada.

For international students, please see this information from the Government of Canada.

If you are unvaccinated

Get vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine. The University will be offering clinics regularly.

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 will be offering vaccine clinics regularly.

If you have a complete or incomplete course/series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine

Get an additional dose of one mRNA vaccine. The University will be offering vaccine clinics regularly.

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

No further vaccination required.

If you have received two doses of Health Canada-approved vaccine

(Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)

No further vaccination required.

If you have received three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine

No further doses recommended at this time.

 

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

Please see this information from the Government of Canada.

What documentation is required/accepted for proof of vaccination?

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

For those who received their vaccination in Saskatchewan, the process for obtaining your proof of immunization can be accessed at Saskatchewan - Proof of COVID Vaccination.

If you received your vaccination elsewhere in Canada, please contact the Public Health Unit in that area for further guidance on how to obtain your official immunization record including COVID vaccines.

If you received your vaccination outside of Canada, please refer to the Government of Canada recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada for those staying in Canada to live, work or study.

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

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. Travel restrictions and self-quarantine policies change often. Find updated information on government of Canada travel restrictions and self-quarantine policies here.

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.

Additional Information

Students registered in certain performance classes through MAP, students living in residence, and student-athletes may be subject to special requirements and/or deadlines. The Faculty of Media, Art, & Performance; Housing Services; and Athletics will be providing more information directly to these students.