Vaccination Information

Exemption Process and Forms How to Upload COVID-19 Documentation

Immunization by vaccination is a safe and effective way of preventing illness caused by infectious diseases. The COVID-19 vaccines are intended to protect you and those around you from developing COVID-19, and to make your symptoms milder if you are infected.  

As we move towards widespread, lasting control of COVID-19 through safe and effective vaccines, it is essential for everyone in Canada to continue following public health recommendations to prevent further spread.  

Humber recognizes that vaccination is a critical component of the overall public health response to the Pandemic and will be introducing a new COVID-19 vaccination policy, effective for the fall term.

Everyone, including those vaccinated, should continue physical distancing, practice frequent hand hygiene, wear face masks, and follow any additional measures laid out by public health authorities.  

Additional information about vaccinations can be found from official sources, including the Public Health Agency of CanadaOntario Government and the City of Toronto.  

Free vaccines will be available to everyone in Canada throughout 2021.

Where to Get Vaccinated

You can book a vaccination appointment and find locations where vaccinations are available on covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine. There are also pharmacies close Humber Campuses and locations that offer vaccines, including: 

  • Unicare Pharmacy, 3170 Lakeshore Blvd (in the medical building directly across from the Lakeshore Welcome Centre)
    • Mention that you are a Humber or University of Guelph-Humber student or employee.
    • Walk-in clinic offers vaccinations
      • Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      • Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Fortino's, 330 Queen's Plate Drive
    • Call 2 to 4 days in advance to book an appointment at 416-745-5725.
    • In general, vaccines are available Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Mention that you are a Humber or University of Guelph-Humber student or employee.
  • Students at the International Graduate School can find information on testing and vaccination location options on the IGS student portal

Where to get tested for COVID-19

Beginning on Friday, September 10, Rapid Antigen Testing will be offered to staff and students who need to provide proof of a negative test in order to access Humber campuses and facilities. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Appointments can be made by visiting the testing clinic scheduling site. Walk-ins will not be accepted and cannot be accommodated. Same day appointments may not be available, so please plan ahead and book an appointment within 72 hours of each time you need to be on campus.  

Testing locations are: 

North Campus 
Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation 
205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke 
Main Floor, Demonstration Room (CTI 108) 
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Lakeshore Campus
Fashion Institute 
3166 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Etobicoke 
FAS 102 
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

To find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations. There is also a pharmacy close to Humber's Lakeshore Campus that offers Rapid Antigen testing. Please note that staff and students would be responsible for any associated costs for tests at these off-campus locations. 

  • Unicare Pharmacy, 3170 Lakeshore Blvd (in the medical building directly across from the Lakeshore Welcome Centre), testing available whenever the pharmacy is open. 
  • Students at the International Graduate School can find information on testing and vaccination location options on the IGS student portal

DISCLAIMER: This page is not meant to provide personal medical advice and is being provided as a resource based on available advice from appropriate public health authorities and other government resources. Talk to your doctor/medical provider to get advice specific to you.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Humber-Specific Vaccination Information

Will Humber require proof of vaccination for staff or students to attend campus? 

Yes, students, employees, contractors and visitors coming to the College's campuses or facilities will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have received an exemption from the College based on human rights (including medical) or conscientious grounds.

Those who are not partially or fully vaccinated will be required to begin an application for exemption. Exemption forms were issued beginning the week of September 13. Information on the process for those seeking exemptions will be provided as part of the Return to Campus acknowledgment.  

Proof of full vaccination must be provided by October 18, 2021. We will share details early in the Fall term about the process for providing that proof. The process will ensure that any personal health information submitted to the College will be secure and confidential.  

 Will Humber's fitness centres require proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination will be required to use the fitness centres starting Tuesday, September 7.

Staff and students need to book an appointment to use the fitness centres and be informed that they will require proof of vaccination to access the facility.

Humber Fitness Reservation

How do I submit my Return to Campus acknowledgement?

Humber staff and students should have received and returned the signed Return to Campus acknowledgement form. If you did not receive the acknowledgement form or need to update your form, please email studentdeclaration@humber.ca.

What is a valid proof of vaccination?

A valid proof of vaccination includes:   

  • Receipt from issuing vaccination clinic or pharmacy   
  • An electric vaccine receipt issued by the government of Ontario or another province   
  • A record of each dose of your vaccination, such a receipt or card

The name of the vaccine and number of doses must correspond to the information below. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose in a two-dose series, or one dose from Janssen.   

Only the following COVID-19 vaccine proof are accepted: COVID-19:  

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) (2 doses)
  • SpikeVax (Moderna) (2 doses)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) (2 doses)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson (1 dose)
  • Sinopharm (2) 
  • Sinovac (2) 

When will I need to provide proof of vaccination?

Staff, students or visitors to Humber's campuses and facilities are now required to be fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of being on campus. Beginning on September 20, everyone will be required to show proof to enter. Individuals will also have the ability to upload their proof for review to the Humber Guardian app beginning on September 20.

The process will be designed to ensure that any personal health information submitted to the college will be secure and confidential. Individuals should have hard or electronic copies of their vaccination receipt(s). 

Everyone coming to campus must continue to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment, which now includes a question about vaccination status/negative test results. You will need to show the results of your screening to access college facilities. 

Is the vaccination policy in effect for the fall semester?

Yes. This new policy will be in effect for the Fall term and supports previously announced requirements for varsity athletes, students living in residence and those involved with programs with specific work-integrated learning requirements.

The requirements for varsity athletes and students living in residence may differ based on the high-risk nature of the activities and settings in which individuals will be participating.

What do I do if I haven’t received the Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form via Docusign?

Staff or instructors who haven't received their declaration form should contact the HR Support Centre at 416 675 5001; eform: humber.ca/hrinquiry; webchat: humber.ca/hrchat  

Students who have indicated they did not receive the initial declaration form can email studentdeclaration@humber.ca with their preferred email address and first/last name.  

What if I have questions about the exemption process?

Students with questions about the exemption process should contact studentexemptions@humber.ca. Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Staff and instructors with questions about the exemption process should contract their manager or Program Co-ordinator.

Where can I find information regarding exemptions?

Beginning the week of September 13, students and employees who selected option (c) I seek exemption from the vaccination requirement in their Declaration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Acknowledgement of Return to Campus Conditions for Fall 2021 will begin to receive information in their inbox regarding how to apply for a vaccine exemption. Students can find information and the required forms on the Exemption Process page.

What if I read the vaccination policy and FAQs and still have questions?

Students with general questions about the vaccination policy should contact covidinfo@humber.ca.  

Staff and instructors with questions about the vaccination policy should contract their manager or Program Co-ordinator. 

Is Rapid Antigen Testing available on campus?

Yes. Humber provides Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Teting can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

To find other location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

Do I have to pay for the on campus Rapid Antigen test?

Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge.

 How do I make an appointment for a Rapid Antigen test?

Appointments can be made by visiting the testing clinic scheduling site. Walk-ins will not be accepted and cannot be accommodated. Same day appointments may not be available, so please plan ahead and book an appointment within 72 hours of each time you need to be on campus. 

When and where can I get a Rapid Antigen test on Campus?

Testing is offered as listed below. 

North Campus:
Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation 
205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke 
Main Floor, Demonstration Room (CTI 108) 
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Lakeshore Campus: 
Fashion Institute  
3166 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Etobicoke  
FAS 102  
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m 

What do I need to bring to my Rapid Antigen test appointment?

Those with appointments will receive confirmation of date, time, and location beforehand. Anyone with an appointment should bring their personal identification and if a student, their student number and if a staff member their N number.

When do I find out the results if I get a Rapid Antigen test on campus? What if my result is positive?

The results of a Rapid Antigen test take approximately 15 minutes. If the result is positive, the staff member administering the testing will advise you on next steps and you will be instructed to leave campus. If the result is negative, you will be given a printed copy of your results. 

How do I access campus to complete my test?

Please enter campus at the designated locations where testing will be taking place, as listed below. If your test is negative, you will be provided with a printed copy of your results. You will then be directly to exit the building and access campus through one of the designated screening locations/entry points. 

On-site testing locations

North Campus:
Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation 
205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke 
Main Floor, Demonstration Room (CTI 108) 
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Lakeshore Campus: 
Fashion Institute  
3166 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Etobicoke  
FAS 102  
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m 

Under what authority are COVID-19 vaccination policies required at post-secondary education (PSE) institutions?

On August 17, 2021 the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies would be mandatory in a number of high-risk settings, including post-secondary institutions. Following that announcement the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health issued specific instructions that directed colleges and universities to establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 vaccination policy. These instructions required all public assisted Ontario post-secondary institutions, with the exception of Indigenous Institutes, to have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in place effective September 7, 2021.

It is the college’s top priority to protect the health and safety of our community and Humber’s vaccination policy supports this priority. It is designed to meet the requirements outlined by government and is made in accordance with Ontario Regulation 364/20.

We were informed of this requirement by government in mid-August and communicated that immediately to our community.

Who is required to show proof of vaccination?

All college community members or visitors who wish to access a Humber campus or facility, including employees and students, must provide proof of vaccination. Beginning September 20, proof may be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App for review.

Will there be exemptions to this policy? When can I submit my exemption request?

Employees and students will have the option of requesting an exemption. The Vaccination Status Declaration form was sent via email to employees and students in August 2021. Individuals who are requesting an exemption will have started to receive information regarding how to apply for an exemption beginning the week of September 13. 

Once exemption forms are received, they will be considered for accommodation requests based on human rights (including medical) or conscientious grounds. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

Humber will work with exempted individuals to find a reasonable and appropriate approach to accommodation. This may include alternative health and safety requirements, like regular rapid testing or a transition to remote learning or work, where possible.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior is required during the exemption process and if your exemption request is approved. 

If I submit an exemption request, how long will the process take?

The college will endeavour to review all exemption requests in a timely manner. 

If the exemption forms were issued the week of September 13, are there any changes to the dates for withdrawal from classes/a program? 

Given that exemption forms were issued the week of September 13, students whose exemption requests have not been processed prior to day 10 of the fall term may withdraw from the course up to Friday, November 19, 2021, which is the last day to withdraw without academic penalty. Students who wish to request a refund for extenuating circumstances after the 10th day of class may submit a request to the Refund Review Committee. Forms and details regarding this process are available by contacting enquiry@humber.ca. Please note that since tuition is paid for by program versus paid for by course, students will only be eligible for a refund if they drop all courses or drop enough courses to shift from full-time to part-time registered status. Please note that dropping courses or shifting from full-time to part-time registered status could impact future OSAP awards or a student’s visa status. 

Will I still need to complete a self-assessment before coming to campus if I show proof of vaccination? 

Yes, before attending campus each day, students, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete a Daily Self-Screening using the Humber Guardian App (Apple Store, Google Play Store). This screening is based on the provincial list of COVID-19 symptoms.  

When does this policy take effect?

The policy is in effect as of the first day of the fall term, September 7, 2021. All Humber community members must provide proof of vaccination or have secured an approved exemption by October 18, 2021. Those with approved exemptions or exemptions requests under review will need to continue to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to enter campus/facilities.

What does fully vaccinated mean? What vaccines are approved? 

The provincial government defines people as fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series.

To be considered fully vaccinated, an individual must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada. For those who received their vaccinations in Canada, the approved vaccines are manufactured by:  

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) (2 doses)
  • SpikeVax (Moderna) (2 doses)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) (2 doses)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson (1 dose)

Humber is also accepting COVID-19 vaccinations that are approved by the World Health Organization.

For International students, the Government of Canada has issued guidance for individuals vaccinated outside of Canada that can be found here

How do I find proof of my vaccination? 

In Ontario, you can download your vaccination receipt from the province's COVID-19 website

In other provinces and countries, please check with your local health authorities for more information. 

If I have already provided proof to Humber (e.g., for residence or varsity athletes), do I need to do this again? 

Yes, students who have already submitted their proof of vaccination for residence or varsity athletics requirements, will still need to complete the Return to Campus Acknowledgement. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results from no more than 72 hours prior can be uploaded to the Humber Guardian app beginning September 20. 

How will community members share their proof of vaccination?

Beginning on September 20, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior can be uploaded to the Humber Guardian app for review. This process is designed to ensure that any personal health information submitted to the college will be secure and confidential.

What if I am coming to campus to use the library, gym or any other campus facility? 

All college community members or visitors who wish to access a Humber campus or facility are subject to the vaccination policy and will need to provide proof of vaccination or an exemption with negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours prior. This includes facilities such as the library and gyms. 

How will my vaccine information be safeguarded? 

Health information will be secure and will be kept confidential. We will share more information about the steps we will be taking to safeguard any personal information provided to the College as part of the implementation of the new vaccine policy. Aggregate data may be used to provide information on overall trends.  

Does my vaccination/exemption status have any impact on my upcoming work-integrated learning placement? 

Humber’s vaccination policy applies to Humber and Guelph-Humber campuses and locations. Placement locations may have their own vaccination requirements or policies. An approved exemption to attend Humber locations does not constitute an approved exemption for placement locations. Students who are not fully vaccinated will need to contact the placement offices to discuss implications to their placements. 

Will managers or instructors have access to individual vaccination declarations or records? 

No. Individual health information will remain private and confidential. 

If I am fully vaccinated, do I need to adhere to other safety measures, such as wearing a mask? 

Yes, everyone must adhere to all existing public health measures and College health and safety protocols, including current requirements to wear a mask indoors and physical distancing, as applicable.

Who decided vaccination should be mandatory at Humber?

On August 16, 2021, Humber provided an update on the health and safety measures planned for the Fall 2021 term, including that physical distancing and indoor masking requirements will continue to be in place across our campuses and facilities.

Following the August 17 provincial announcement, the Humber executive team approved the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccination policy for students, employees, and visitors to the college’s campuses or facilities.

How do I get a vaccine?

Vaccines are widely available across Ontario and in other parts of the country. More information can be found at www.covid-19.ontario.ca or visit the FAQ on our vaccine information page.

Will masks continue to be mandatory on campus as more people get vaccinated?

Health and safety measures including physical distancing, masks and hand hygiene will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Once you have received both doses of the vaccine, you may still contract COVID-19, but the risk of serious illness or death is greatly reduced. However, you may still contract the virus and pass it to others. Ongoing mask requirements will help minimize this. 

I heard some people talking about vaccinations at work/school and I felt uncomfortable. What can I do?

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions.

I am an international student without a health card. Can I still get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You do not need Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage to get a vaccine in Ontario. The Ontario government announced that people without a health card are eligible for the vaccine.

This includes people with temporary status, such as refugee claimants with Interim Federal Health coverage and international students who do not have OHIP. It also includes people with no status. According to the government of Ontario you can contact your local public health unit where you will be asked for another form of identification. Once the public health unit has confirmed your eligibility for vaccination, they will help book your appointment.

To find your local public health unit and contact number, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine and select the 'no Ontario health card' option from the drop-down menu under Health Card Type.

I’m an international student, what do I need to do to be in line with Humber's vaccination policy?

For International students, the Government of Canada has issued guidance for individuals vaccinated outside of Canada.

International student vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccination, not Health Canada approved – are encouraged to upload the proof of vaccine to public health and public health will e-mail individuals within 3-5 business days with the next steps.  

Students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is not approved by the WHO, are asked to call Public Health at 416-338-7600 or publichealth@toronto.ca for advice on next steps, which may include having to redo the vaccination series with a vaccine approved in Canada.

I am a Humber/UofGH international student, and my insurance will cover the COVID-19 vaccine. Can I get my vaccine on campus or elsewhere?

Vaccinations are available to those deemed eligible in the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and local public health. Please visit Ontario’s three-phase COVID-19 vaccination plan here for more information find your public health unit and check their website for details about vaccination and if you are eligible in your area.

Where do students/employees go for more information?

  • Students who have indicated they did not receive the initial declaration form can email studentdeclaration@humber.ca with their N-number, preferred email address and first/last name.
  • Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Students with questions about the exemption process should contact studentexemptions@humber.ca.
  • Students with general questions about the vaccination policy, you can contact covidinfo@humber.ca.
  • Employees are to speak with their manager or contact the HR Support Centre.
Why are fully vaccinated people not required to provide a negative COVID test when they can still get infected? 

The on-site rapid antigen testing service is intended to facilitate testing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated to come onto campus. Humber is following the guidelines in place by the Ministry of Health that state that rapid antigen screening tests are not designed for those who are fully vaccinated. The antigen screening is only for individuals who have not received any dose, only have one dose or are within the 14 days of their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

I expect to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. Until then, what do I need to do to come on to campus? 

You must have your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 13 and be fully vaccinated prior to October 18, 2021. 

Until you are fully vaccinated, you are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to come on to campus. This can be done with a hard copy or email the result of the negative test taken within the 72 hours prior to attending campus. Beginning on September 20, you will be required to upload the test result or proof of full vaccination to the Humber Guardian App prior to attending the campus. 

You are required to continue to complete the screening tool on the Guardian app when attending campus in-person, even when fully vaccinated. You will need to show the result of your positive screening to access campus facilities.

When and where do I need to get tested for COVID-19? How often? Are the tests going to be free?

If you are unvaccinated, you will need to get a Rapid Antigen Test no more than 72 hours before each time you are scheduled to be on campus. The 72 hours begin at the time of the test.

Humber provides Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge and can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

To find other locations near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

What type of COVID-19 testing should I be doing in order to comply with the vaccination policy?

Rapid Antigen Testing is recommended.

Humber provides Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Teting can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

To find other location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

I am an employee and I have requested an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. What must I do until the exemption is reviewed? 

While a decision regarding an exemption is pending and has not yet been finalized, if you are assigned or required to work on campus, you will need to obtain proof of a current (no more than 72 hours prior) negative COVID-19 test result. 

Humber provides Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Teting can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/.

Alternatively, to find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations. 

You will need to show the result of your screening to access campus facilities. Beginning on September 20, you will be able to upload your results to the Humber Guardian app for review. 

I am a student and I have requested an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. What must I do until the exemption is reviewed? 

While your request is pending, should you be required to attend campus, you are required to have proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. This can be done with a hard copy or email result of the negative test taken within the 72 hours prior to attending campus. Beginning on September 20, you will be required to upload the test result to the Humber Guardian App prior to attending campus.

Humber provides Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Teting can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/.

Alternatively, to find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations. If you choose to be tested at any of these off-campus locations, you will be responsible for any associated costs.

You will need to show the result of your screening to access campus facilities. Beginning on September 20, you will be able to upload your results to the Humber Guardian app for review.

    What option do I select on the vaccination status declaration if my appointment for my second vaccination is after October 18?   

If you will not be fully vaccinated by October 18, you must complete an exemption form. If approved, the exemption would be in place until you are fully vaccinated or the period of time specified in the approval.

What if I am working from home online during the fall term and have no reason to come to campus?

Even if you are working remotely, you are required to complete the Return to Campus acknowledgment. It's important to keep in mind that at any point during the semester, an employee could be assigned to work on campus. Individuals may also want to visit a facility or access in-person services on campus.

This policy is in effect as of September 7, 2021, and will remain in place until further notice. The college will update and review the vaccination policy and any related protocols as needed.

What if I have all my classes online during the fall term and have no reason to come to campus?

Even if you are learning remotely, you are required to complete the Vaccination Status and Return to Campus acknowledgment form and a follow-up form confirming that you will not be on campus for the fall term. Students in this situation should ensure they are aware of vaccination policy requirements in the event that they need to visit a facility or access in-person services, such as a library, athletics facilities, academic advising, etc.  

This policy is in effect as of September 7, 2021, and will remain in place until further notice. The college will update and review the vaccination policy and any related protocols as needed.

Do I have to sign the Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form if all my classes are online?

Yes. All staff and students are required to sign the form and declare their vaccination status.

I was scheduled to learn on campus, but I would like to transfer to online as a result of the vaccination policy. What can I do?

You will be required to complete an exemption request for consideration. Exemption forms were sent the week of September 13. The college will endeavour to review all exemption requests in a timely manner. 

University of Guelph-Humber-specific Vaccination Information 

Are there any vaccination requirements for University of Guelph-Humber staff and students?

The University of Guelph-Humber will be requiring vaccinations for students and instructors who will be in the classroom, on campus this fall. Individuals will be required to have their first vaccination by September 7, 2021 and their second by October 15, 2021. Those who are unvaccinated and need access to campus will be asked to follow additional safety protocols, which may include regular COVID-19 testing. Further details on these safety measures will be provided soon. It is important to note that the University of Guelph-Humber will accommodate individuals who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Details on the process to request accommodation will be provided in the near future. 

How do I know who’s been vaccinated?

In general, you can’t know who has been vaccinated and who has not. That is private medical information.

What do/can I say to my student or colleague who is not vaccinated?

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions.

What if I am not comfortable being on campus with people who are not vaccinated?

Humber has a vaccination policy in place for all staff, students and visitors to Humber campuses and facilities. Everyone on campus will need to be in compliance with this policy, by being fully vaccinated or by following protocols established through an exemption process, which includes producing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72 hours.  

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions and not asking about vaccination status. 

Vaccinations are one of the health and safety measures that can help to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Other measures including continuing to ensure that everyone in class is physically distancing 2-metres (6 ft), wearing a mask (and face shield in some classes), and frequently washing or sanitizing hands are also important. Students may wish to discuss their concerns with their Program Coordinator, and staff may wish to discuss their concerns with their manager.

General Vaccine Information

How do I get the vaccine?

Members of the Humber/UofGH community are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by public health. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Eligible residents can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the province’s vaccination registration system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Find a clinic location.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

There are the 2 types of vaccines: mRNA (messenger RNA vaccine: Comirnaty (Pfizer - 2 doses) SpikeVax (Moderna - 2 doses) & viral vector - Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD - 2 doses)  and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson - 1 dose). None of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada use the live virus that causes COVID-19. It usually takes the body approximately two weeks to build immunity/develop antibodies. after receiving a vaccine. It is possible that someone could become infected with the COVID-19 virus before or just after getting the vaccine and get sick. This happens because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection in the body.

 

What are the benefits of getting vaccinated?

  • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in Canada are safe and effective at reducing the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines. You can also find additional facts about COVID-19 vaccinations from this Public Health Agency of Canada page
  • All COVID-19 vaccines in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely to get COVID-19. Learn more about recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Based on government and health information about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you get COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct studies to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • In addition to protecting you, getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Should I get the vaccine if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past?

Information provided regarding vaccine safety suggests that it is safe and beneficial to receive the vaccination even after having tested positive for COVID-19, but individuals with such questions or concerns should speak to their own doctors/health providers to determine what is best for them.

I think I have a low risk of contracting COVID-19; do I need to be vaccinated?

Anyone, at any age, can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die.

According to the World Health Organization, asymptomatic people infected with the virus can be contagious, and the virus can spread from them to other people. For these reasons, it is crucial to consider getting vaccinated, which may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

There is no evidence that any of the current COVID-19 vaccines can completely stop people from being infected and consequently prevent transmission. However, all approved vaccines in Canada have nearly 100% protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Can I stop following public health guidelines if I am vaccinated?

No. Only when enough people are vaccinated against COVID-19 and cases are down will it be safe to lift public health measures.

It is important to remember that COVID-19 will not be eliminated. Therefore, you will still need to follow some public health measures like physical distancing and wearing masks.

The Government of Canada has released information about what we can look forward to when a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated. See COVID-19: Life after vaccination for more information.

Effectiveness and Safety of Vaccines

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Vaccines must be tested to ensure they are safe and effective before being authorized for use in Canada. Once a vaccine has been approved for use in Canada, it is monitored for:

  • safety
  • effectiveness (how well it works) in people

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada share responsibility for ongoing monitoring, which also involves:

  • provincial, territorial and local public health authorities
  • health-care professionals
  • the vaccine industry
  • the public

Information on vaccine safety can be found here.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective?

The data shows that all authorized vaccines work well at preventing serious illness requiring hospitalization and at preventing serious illness resulting in death.

All vaccination will reduce the burden of illness and death from COVID-19.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

According to Health Canada, most people who receive vaccines have no or mild side effects, but like any medicine, some people may experience some. Common side effects such as sore arm, muscle ache, headache or mild fever may occur, usually lasting only a few days.

These types of side effects are expected and indicate the vaccine is working to produce protection. As with any medicines and vaccines, allergic reactions are rare but can occur after receiving a vaccine.

Information regarding vaccine side effects can be found here. Any reported side effects following COVID-19 vaccination can be found here.

Can mRNA vaccines change my DNA?

According to Health Canada, messenger RNA (mRNA) is not able to alter or modify a person's genetic makeup (DNA). This is because the mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the cell's nucleus, where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body's natural defences to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Information about mRNA vaccines, how they work, safety, effectiveness, monitoring can be found here.

How quickly does the vaccine work? How long does it last?

Health Canada does not yet know for sure how long protection will last. It is likely to be at least several months, but repeat vaccinations are needed. Researchers are studying this closely. Learn more on Vaccine Efficacy Rates

Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from new strains of the virus?

According to Health Canada, while early data suggests that these new variants may be more transmissible, to date, there is no evidence that they cause more severe disease or have any impact on antibody response or vaccine effectiveness. However, more research is required to confirm these findings, and the Canadian and global medical, public health, and research communities are actively evaluating these mutations.

Learn more about variants, including the effectiveness of vaccines currently known, on the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases Website

How do I know there will not be long-term side effects from the vaccine?

According to the Canadian Red Cross, most of vaccine side effects occur shortly after receiving a vaccine, not months or years later. Once a vaccine is approved, scientists and government agencies continue to monitor its safety to identify rare side effects. These monitoring efforts also focus on vulnerable people, including people with specific medical conditions or pregnant women.