At-home rapid antigen screening

Overview

In alignment with our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, Queen’s University is implementing an at-home rapid antigen screening program for members of our community who are not fully vaccinated.

Rapid antigen screening is a means of detecting the presence of COVID-19 in people who may not have any symptoms.

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

  • You are in the process of getting fully vaccinated;1

  • 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.

Once you are fully vaccinated, you must update the Queen’s Vaccination Status Declaration Form. After that time, you will no longer be required to complete regular rapid screening.


If you have COVID-19 related symptoms, do not come to campus to pick up a rapid screening test, or use a rapid screening test.

Rapid antigen screening does not replace the lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic testing administered through Public Health.

If you have COVID-19 related symptoms, book a PCR screening test; testing clinic information is available through KFL&A Public Health.

You will be provided with a supply of testing kits.

Testing kits will be made available for pick-up on campus at Risk & Safety Services, Richardson Hall, Suite 152 at 74 University Ave (10am-4pm, Mon, Wed, Fri) OR Environmental Health & Safety, Main Office #107 at 96 Albert Street (10am-3pm, all weekdays).

In order to collect your rapid screening test kits you must make an appointment through my.thrive.health.

Please check your university email inbox (including your junk or clutter folders) for an email from Thrive Health inviting you to register.

Once you have registered you will be able to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.

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

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. 

There is currently no cost for those participating in the rapid screening program.

Tests need to be kept between 2 C and 30 C.

Using the testing kits and Thrive Health

  1. Check your Queen’s email (including your junk folder) for your invitation from Thrive Health. If you do not receive an email, please contact rapid.testing@queensu.ca.

  2. Follow the instructions in the email to complete your my.thrive.health registration. Click the blue Get Started button.

  3. In order to register, you will need to know the Queen’s email address and the employee or student number you used to complete the vaccination status declaration.

  1. Book an appointment using my.thrive.health. Appointment times are in 15-minute intervals weekdays between 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

    • Pick up your testing kits from Richardson Hall, Suite 152 (74 University Ave) OR Suite #107 (96 Albert Street). Please have ready:

    • The QR Code you received after you booked your appointment in my.thrive.health.

  2. Your Queen’s staff or student card.

  3. If you have a university-approved accommodation, you must bring your accommodation approval and show this to the staff when picking up your test kits.

Screen at home before coming to campus.

Students in residence need to screen prior to leaving residence.

Use the provided Sharpie to write the date you complete the test on the cartridge and take a clear photo of your test result.

Follow the Rapid Response Procedure Card instructions included in your kit.

Once the test is complete, enter your screening result into my.thrive.health.

You must include a picture of the completed screen with the date of the test clearly marked on the test.

Ensure the cartridge displaying the date is captured in the photo.

Learn more about reporting your results.

What your results mean, and next steps

  • You may proceed to campus after logging and uploading your results to my.thrive.health and completing the SeQure App screening assessment.

  • Book a PCR test. Testing clinic information is available through KFL&A Public Health.

  • Contact Dan Langham (Director, Environmental Health & Safety):  email dan.langham@queensu.ca;  phone 613-533-6000 ext.74980.

  • Employees should contact their supervisor to report their absence from campus.

  • Students in residence must self-isolate and follow instructions provided by Queen’s University Residences. Students not in residence should alert their Faculty/School.

  • Repeat the test a second time.

  • If the second test result is INCONCLUSIVE contact KFL&A Public Health for recommendations.

 Contact

 If you have any questions, please email rapid.testing@queensu.ca.

The self-administered at-home screening program is made possible thought a partnership with the CDL Rapid Testing Consortium and the Province of Ontario.