SWS Updates

Vaccines are one of the most effective ways of protecting you from infectious diseases.  When you get vaccinated, you make your body stronger and more resistant to disease.  Vaccines approved for use in Canada have been extensively tested to make sure they are both safe and effective.  Each person’s decision to be immunized helps us reduce disease in our communities and improves the health of everyone.

COVID-19 Vaccine

When COVID-19 vaccine appointments become available, Queen’s is strongly encouraging students, staff and faculty to get this immunization.  If you are currently living in Kingston, you can find COVID-19 vaccine appointment options, answers to frequently asked questions, on the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health website.

If you have received your 1st dose with a vaccine not approved for use in Canada, we strongly encourage you to get your 2nd dose before travelling.  For more information about which vaccines are approved in Canada, visit the government of Canada COVID-19 vaccine website.  Out of province and international students who need a 1st and/or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine when they arrive in Kingston this summer are encouraged to call KFL&A public health at 343-477-0172, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you do not have an Ontario health card or a University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) card as an international student, you will need to call your local public health unit to validate your identity. Once your identity and eligibility are confirmed, the public health unit will provide you with a booking ID which can then be used to book an appointment online using the provincial booking tool, or through the call centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007), open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Queen’s is working with KFL&A Public Health on a comprehensive vaccination strategy. While many people may be fully vaccinated by the end of August, we will ensure students access to vaccines if they arrive before they are able to get their second dose. This will include an on-campus vaccination clinic for students. Details on the strategy will be posted to the COVID-19 information website as they become available.

Other Vaccines

We also encourage students to make sure all your other vaccines are up to date.  If you do not have a record of what vaccines you’ve received, your parents/supporters or your family doctor likely have this information.  If you’re missing doses or have never been vaccinated and want to catch up, you can book an appointment at Student Wellness Services (SWS).  For more information about what vaccines are recommended, here is Ontario’s routine immunization schedule.

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

Booking an Appointment

The satellite COVID-19 assessment centre located at Mitchell Hall is currently closed.

Students who are showing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus or who work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak can go to the Community Assessment Centre in Kingston located at the Beechgrove Complex, 51 Heakes Lane (south of the King St. W/Portsmouth Ave. intersection). More information, including how to book an appointment, can be found on the KHSC community assessment centre website.

If you do not have COVID symptoms, you may be able to access a COVID-19 test. Check here for current eligibility criteria and locations across Ontario.

Getting COVID-19 Test Results

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health when results come in. They will give very clear instructions on next steps and contact students every day to make sure they are okay. If you have questions specific to isolation, please contact Public Health.

Students who test negative for COVID-19 will NOT get a phone call from KFL&A Public Health and it can take up to 48 hours to receive results.

  • Students from Ontario with an OHIP card can check their lab results online from the Ontario Ministry of Health.
  • International and students from out of province
    • If you were tested at Beechgrove, call KHSC at 613-548-3232 or toll free 1-800-567-5722
    • If you are currently living in Residence, call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 dial 4

All members of the Queen’s community are being asked to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Public health recommendations include:

  • Keeping close contact only with people in your household, and maintaining physical distance of 2-meters with anyone else. People who live alone may consider having close contact with another household
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Cleaning your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds often or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible

Visit the KFL&A Public Health website to get all of the most up-to-date prevention recommendations.

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), self-isolate and get tested at a COVID-19 testing location

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

May 17th, 2021: KFL&A Public Health is warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area containing fentanyl, carfentanil, and benzodiazepine analogues resulting in an increased number of overdoses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the drug supply has become more contaminated and unpredictable, increasing the risk of overdose. Drugs of any colour may be contaminated.

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.