FAQ


  • Is UBC implementing mandatory vaccination for students, faculty and staff?

    Is UBC implementing mandatory vaccination for students, faculty and staff?

    No. UBC requires regular COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff when working or studying on one of UBC’s campuses or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC. Exemptions will be provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who are not exempt will be required to have regular COVID-19 rapid testing. Those who have declared that they are fully vaccinated will be required to upload verification of vaccination at a future date.

  • Will there be exemptions from COVID-19 rapid testing?

    Will there be exemptions from COVID-19 rapid testing?

    You will be exempted from the COVID-19 rapid testing requirement if you are fully vaccinated and complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

    While all students, faculty and staff working or studying on one of UBC’s campuses or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC are expected to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, or be granted an exemption because they are fully vaccinated, an individual may have a medical issue or other concern that may require consideration. If so, faculty and staff can discuss these concerns with their supervisors who will follow established processes with human resources. Students can discuss any concerns with the Centre for Accessibility.

  • How will the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program be enforced? 

    How will the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program be enforced? 

    Similar to our existing policies and rules, the University will provide encouragement and education to promote compliance with the program. For circumstances where that may be insufficient, the University will rely on its established disciplinary procedures for students, faculty and staff. and staff.

  • What vaccines are approved for this requirement? 

    What vaccines are approved for this requirement? 

    All Health Canada and World Health Organization approved vaccines qualify. Currently, these are:

    • Pfizer/BioNTech
    • Moderna
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
    • Astrazeneca
    • Covishield
    • Sinopharm (Beijing) / Covilo / BBIBP-CorV
    • Sinovac / CoronoVac

    Please consult the BCCDC for the most update to date information on approved vaccines: WHO-EUA-qualified-covid-vaccines (PDF)

  • What if someone has only received one of two vaccine shots? 

    What if someone has only received one of two vaccine shots?

    Those who disclose they are partially vaccinated will be required to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing until they are fully vaccinated.

  • How frequently will someone be required to be tested?

    How frequently will someone be required to be tested?

    The details and frequency of the testing program are currently being finalized. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be contacted with information about the next steps to be followed as part of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program.

  • Who do I contact if I am having difficulties with my Campus Wide Login (CWL)?

    Who do I contact if I am having difficulties with my Campus Wide Login (CWL)?

    Please contact the IT Service Centre for assistance if you are having trouble using your CWL to log in to declare your vaccination status: https://it.ubc.ca/services/accounts-passwords/campus-wide-login-cwl/problems-your-cwl

  • Do I need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration if I will not be on campus this fall?

    Do I need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration if I will not be on campus this fall?

    Yes. All students, faculty and staff must complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

  • Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I will not be on campus this fall?

    Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I will not be on campus this fall?

    No. You will not have to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if you will not be on one of UBC’s campuses or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC. However, you will need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

  • I am clinical faculty – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    I am clinical faculty – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    No. Clinical faculty should continue to follow the rules of the health authority in which they work.  Clinical faculty who hold administrative roles are expected to fill out the declaration, but are only required to do testing, if applicable, if attending UBCV or UBCO main campuses.

  • I work/study at one of the hospital sites – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    I work/study at one of the hospital sites – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    All UBC (students, faculty and staff) are required to complete the declaration regardless of their location, and should continue to follow the health and safety rules of the health authority in which they work. Testing, if applicable, is only required if attending UBC’s campuses.

  • I am a medical resident – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    I am a medical resident – does the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

    No. Medical residents are not required to complete the declaration or testing, and should continue to follow the rules of the health authority in which they work. Residents who are going to attend UBC’s campuses or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC for any reason will be required to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration and do COVID-19 rapid testing as applicable.

  • What personal information will be collected from me in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program?

    What personal information will be collected from me in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program?

    UBC requires all students, faculty and staff to complete a confidential Vaccination Status Declaration, in which they disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status – either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or, prefer not to disclose their vaccination status.  

    If you declare that you have been fully vaccinated, at a later date you will be required to provide verification of vaccination and will not need to take part in the COVID-19 rapid testing program. Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated, or do not want to disclose their status, will be required to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing.

  • How will my personal information be used?

    How will my personal information be used?

    In accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, your personal information will be used for purposes related to the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program, and if necessary, in any investigatory or disciplinary process related to non-compliance with the program.

  • How will my personal information be disclosed?

    How will my personal information be disclosed?

    UBC will make the personal information available to employees assigned to administer the program. The number of employees who have access to the information is strictly controlled. The information will not be disclosed outside the University except where required by law.

  • How is my personal information protected?

    How is my personal information protected?

    Personal information in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program is collected using a website provided by Thrive Health Inc. The information will be encrypted and stored on a secure server in Canada. Thrive Health Inc. will keep the information confidential and will not use this data for commercial or marketing purposes. UBC has carefully assessed the Thrive app for compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the University’s Information Security Standards.

  • Is aggregated information used by UBC?

    Is aggregated information used by UBC?

    UBC will use aggregated, de-identified data to track compliance with the program.

Additional COVID-19 related information can be found at:

If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program please contact ready.ubc@ubc.ca