In line with new instructions from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Queen’s University has updated its Vaccination Policy regarding what constitutes “fully vaccinated” status.

The change aligns the university’s policy with the province’s new Enhanced Digital Vaccine Certification Program that took effect across Ontario on September 22. Any Queen’s community members vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Health Canada will be unaffected by this change.

With this change, individuals who previously declared full vaccination status based on a vaccination approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and not Health Canada no longer meet the new required standard.

Under the updated language, the vaccination policy defines individuals to be fully vaccinated if:

  • a) they have received:
  • AND
    • b) they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

Campus community members who have not been vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine and who do not meet the requirements of (a) ii or iii above, are no longer considered fully vaccinated.

They must update their status on the university’s vaccine status declaration form to “Partially Vaccinated” and comply with additional health and safety measures, including twice weekly at-home rapid antigen testing until fourteen days following receipt of their third vaccination. After that they must update their declaration form to reflect that they are Fully Vaccinated and upload their proof of vaccination.

Those affected by this change can continue to come to campus and access instructional spaces (such as classrooms, labs, the library, etc.), but until they meet Ontario’s new requirements for the Enhanced Digital Vaccine Receipt and have declared fully vaccinated status to the university, they will not be unable to access some non-instructional spaces on campus (such as the Athletics and Recreation Centre, residence dining halls, etc.), and off-campus venues (restaurants, theatres, gyms etc.).

Those who do not meet the requirements of (a) ii or iii above, must also upload their vaccine information to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health for review. They will receive direction from KFL&A Public Health on what they may need to do to be considered fully vaccinated in Ontario. They can also book a vaccination consultation appointment at Student Wellness Services.

For more information on the province’s international vaccine requirements, visit the Ontario’s COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada.