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COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

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. 

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)
  • SpikeVax (Moderna) 
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 

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

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. 

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.   

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.

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.

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

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

Where do students/employees go for more information?

Students are asked to email covidreporting@humber.ca. Employees are to speak with their manager. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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 indicated that I want to request an exemption. When will I receive an exemption form to complete?

We now plan to issue exemption forms beginning the week of September 13.

We recognize that we previously communicated that exemption forms should be submitted by September 7. However, as we continue to receive new information from the provincial government relating to mandatory vaccination policies, we are completing a further review of the exemptions process.

For those intending to seek an exemption on medical grounds, please note that the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario has advised its members that there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination. 

I plan to apply for an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine until I can come on campus?

Until you are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption, you are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend campus. This can be done with a hard copy or email result of the negative test taken within the 72 hours prior to attending campus. Valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) must clearly show the individual’s name, type of COVID-19 test performed, date and time of the test, and the negative result.

We are planning to provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore Campuses beginning the week of September 13. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge.

Prior to those sites opening, anyone coming to campus who is not fully vaccinated is responsible for ensuring they have secured a negative test result, including any associated costs. Rapid Antigen Testing is available at pharmacies to individuals who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 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.

Will Humber have rapid testing on 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 and can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

If the exemption forms are going out 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. 

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.

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? What if my result is positive?

If the results of the Rapid Antigen test are negative, an individual will be provided with an immediate PDF email receipt confirming the results. It will take a minimum of 15 minutes after test completion to receive the results.  

If the results of the test are positive, an individual will receive a PCR test on the spot, be sent home to self-isolate and receive the results within 24 hours.   

How do I access campus to complete my test?

Those entering campus for this purpose will need to complete the COVID-19 Self-Screening verbally upon entry to these locations. Public Safety officers will be stationed at entryways to conduct this screening. 

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.

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.

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.

Where can I find information related to Humber's vaccination policy?

For information about Humber's vaccination policy, including FAQs, information about student exemptions, as well as step-by-step instructions for uploading COVID-19 documentation to the Humber Guardian app, visit humber.ca/campus-return/vaccination-information.