SWS Updates

For the latest on the impact of the pandemic at the university, please visit the Queen’s COVID-19 Information website.

Queen’s has opened a satellite COVID-19 assessment centre in partnership with the Kingston Health Science Centre.

Booking an Appointment

The KHSC satellite COVID-19 assessment centre located on campus will reopen to students on January 11.

Located at Mitchell Hall, the centre will offer COVID-19 testing to students from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.

Testing is available to Queen’s students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, or who require testing for contact tracing purposes.

To book an appointment, please call Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506.

If you do not have COVID Symptoms

You may be able to access a COVID-19 test. Check for current eligibility criteria and locations across Ontario.

Queen’s is strongly encouraging all members of our campus community, including students, to get a flu vaccine this year.  Getting a flu vaccine will protect you against the most common strains of influenza and help you avoid getting sick - which can often be a source of stress for students.  Given that COVID-19 and influenza have very similar symptoms, getting vaccinated will also help us avoid overwhelming our local hospitals and assessment centres.  Finally, taking the time to get a flu vaccine not only protects you but it also helps protect your peers, friends and loved ones.

It is likely that flu vaccines will be in high demand this year therefore we encourage you to get a flu vaccine early.  Ways to get a flu vaccine depends on your type of primary health insurance.

For students from Ontario with an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card:

For out-of-province students living in Kingston with another provincial/territorial health card:

  • Book an appointment at Public Health in Kingston
  • Call a local pharmacy (see above) and ask if they will accept your provincial health insurance for a flu vaccine
  • Book an appointment at Student Wellness Services by calling 613-533-2506

For international students living in Kingston with UHIP:

  • Book an appointment at Student Wellness Services by calling 613-533-2506
  • Book an appointment at Public Health in Kingston
  • Call a local pharmacy (see above) and ask if you can pay upfront for a flu vaccine 

All members of the Queen’s community are being asked to do their part to reduce the severity of the 2nd wave of COVID-19. As of October 2nd, 2020 the Province Ontario has paused social circles and public health recommendations include:

  • Keeping close contact only with people in your household & maintain physical distance of 2-meters with anyone else. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household
  • Wearing a mask whenever you are unable to maintain physical distancing
  • Cleaning your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds often or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible
  • Limiting unnecessary travel and outings.

If you experience any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., answer yes to the self-assessment questions on the Ontario Health screening tool) make sure you self-isolate and get tested at a COVID-19 testing location. Students in Kingston can book an appointment at the Queen’s Satellite Assessment Centre located in Mitchell Hall, more info below. 


Risk of Drug-Induced Overdoses Remains High in KFL&A

December 10th, 2020: KFL&A Public Health is warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area resulting in an increase in overdose-related 9-1-1 calls. Initial reports indicate that drugs may be contaminated with fentanyl which may be appear greenish grey, purple or colourless making it undetectable. Fentanyl is a potent opioid which may need multiple doses of naloxone to reverse an overdose. Other non-opioid drugs like etizolam may also be in the local drug supply.

Anyone who suspects or witnesses an overdose should call 9-1-1. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection against simple drug possession charges for anyone who experiences, witnesses or responds to an overdose and calls 9-1-1.

Public Health urges all people who use drugs to not mix drugs, do test amounts,; and to have a naloxone kit. Using drugs alone is a major risk factor for experiencing a fatal overdose and is not recommended even with the risk of COVID-19. Instead practice physical distancing or connect virtually with someone that can call for help. People can also use the Overdose Prevention Line, an anonymous, non-judgemental support line available 24/7 in Ontario to have someone on the line while you use drugs.
For more information about support options, visit Public Health’s Getting Help page.