Rapid antigen screening for individuals with accommodations

See below for information regarding rapid antigen screening requirements for members of the Queen's community who have received accommodations under the university's vaccine requirement.

Who is Required to Participate in the At-Home Rapid Antigen Screening

You must participate in Queen’s at-home rapid antigen screening program if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have a vaccination accommodation that has been approved by the University; or
  • You are in the process having your request for vaccination accommodation reviewed by the University.

If at any time you become fully vaccinated, you must update the Queen’s Vaccination Status Declaration Form. After that time, you will no longer be required to complete and report regular rapid screening.

How to Get Testing Kits

Rapid antigen tests are not currently available for individuals other than those who are required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Screening process as described above. In order to participate in the rapid antigen test screening program, you will be provided with a free supply of testing kits.

Testing kits will be made available for pick-up on campus at Environmental Health & Safety, Main Office at 96 Albert Street (10am-3pm, Mon. Wed. Fri.). Only individuals who have an approved or pending vaccination accommodation request are eligible to receive testing kits.

An appointment is not necessary for pick-up.

If you have COVID-19 related symptoms, do not come to campus to pick up a rapid screening test.  Follow appropriate public health guidance.

Store the kit and its content at room temperature (not in the fridge or freezer) and away from direct sunlight.

When to do the Testing

Screening is to be self-administered at home prior to coming to campus.

Students in residence should complete their screening prior to leaving their residence.

Screenings must be completed as close as possible prior to your visit to campus. For example, if you typically visit campus every day or a few days between Monday and Friday, screen at a minimum of twice per week every 72 hours – for example, on Monday and Thursday.

How to Report Test Results

You must self-report your rapid antigen screening results using my.thrive.health.

Individuals who are required to participate in the university’s rapid antigen screen program will have received an email with instructions for registering with Thrive Health and should check their university email inbox (including your junk or clutter folders) for this email.

To report your results, follow the instructions included with your testing kits.

All results are kept confidential. Please see the Privacy Section of the Queen’s University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. 

What Your Test Results Mean & Next Steps

Rapid Antigen Test results should be interpreted with caution, and individuals must continue to adhere to the necessary COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures, such as appropriate distancing, use of PPE, and hand washing, to reduce the risk of infection.

If your rapid screening test result reads NEGATIVE

  • If you are asymptomatic and without known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and you are approved to be on campus based on your SeQure App Self-Assessment status, you may proceed to campus after logging your results in the Thrive App.
  • If you are symptomatic, you must not come to campus until you have two negative rapid antigen tests taken 24-48 hours apart. You should isolate until you have no fever and your symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms). 

If your rapid screening test result reads POSITIVE

Regardless of whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic, a positive test result is highly indicative that you have COVID-19 and you must do the following: