June 23, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

June 23, 2021

As announced on May 27, Western will require students living in residence to have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

Incoming students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and will be required to have at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose within 14 days following their move-in date. Western intends to operate a vaccination and testing centre this fall, which will offer first and second doses to campus community members who are eligible to receive one, subject to available supply.

You will receive another email later this summer with information about your move-in day, including details about our process for confirming your vaccination status.  

Accommodation requests

If you cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons or for sincerely held creed/religious beliefs, you may request an accommodation form by emailing housingrequests@uwo.ca, indicating the accommodation ground pertaining to your situation (medical or creed/religious).

You will receive a response from housingrequests@uwo.ca that will provide you with instructions and information about the process, including the form you will be required to submit to complete your request for an accommodation. 

Please note that if you are requesting an accommodation for medical reasons, you will be asked to submit a form signed by a physician or nurse practitioner confirming you have a medical condition that prevents you from receiving the vaccine.

If you are requesting an accommodation for creed/religious reasons, you will be asked to submit a form signed by you (or your parent or legal guardian, if you are under the age of 18) and sworn by a Commissioner of Oaths. 

We ask that those students intending to make an accommodation request do so by August 3, 2021 in order to avoid any delays. Each request will be reviewed carefully, and a decision will be communicated via email as soon as possible.

Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines for international students

Since we announced our COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students living in residence, new guidelines for individuals vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada have been published by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

For international students unable to access a vaccine authorized by Health Canada or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) before the fall, Western plans to operate an on-campus vaccination clinic for students seeking their first and second doses of the vaccine.

The following chart outlines actions for international students upon arrival on campus based on vaccination status and vaccine type:

Vaccination type/status

Action upon arrival on campus

Unvaccinated 

Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose within 14 days of move-in. 

One dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca

Receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada.

Two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca

No additional vaccines required.

One dose of Johnson & Johnson

No additional vaccines required.

One dose of Sinovac or Sinopharm

Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose within 14 days of move-in.*

Two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm

No additional vaccines required.

Partial or full series of any other vaccines

Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose within 14 days of move-in.*

* International students seeking their first dose of the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, may receive one at Western’s vaccination clinic as long as it is 28 days after their last vaccination. As per NACI recommendations, an interval of at least 28 days after the administration of any other vaccine should be taken before administrating the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Western will make the necessary concessions to its vaccination requirement for students who are required to wait longer than 14 days to receive their first dose of a Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine upon arrival on campus.

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Provincial COVID-19 health guidelines and federal travel regulations continue to evolve. We will share additional information via email as it becomes available. It is important to stay up-to-date by reading all communications you receive from Western.