COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Western and its affiliated university colleges, Brescia, Huron and King’s, are requiring proof of COVID-19 of full vaccination for students, staff and faculty as part of a strengthened vaccine policy to protect the campus community. Visit Western's vaccine page for full details and deadlines.
Please note, for the purposes of the Western policy fully vaccinated means
"an individual who has received two doses of a World Health Organization approved vaccine (or one dose of the Janssen vaccine) and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose of the vaccine (or first dose of the Janssen vaccine) was administered."
Vaccination and Travel to Canada
At this time, vaccines are not being required for travellers coming to Canada, as long as they follow all government testing and quarantine requirements.
As of July 5, travellers coming to Canada from abroad who are eligible to enter Canada AND who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) may be exempt from select quarantine requirements. For more information on eligibility, please visit the Government of Canada website. Please note that other vaccines approved by the World Health Organization may not be Health-Canada-approved for quarantine exemptions.
The university is operating an on-campus vaccination and testing centre to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty.
Students coming from abroad will have the opportunity to be vaccinated free of charge once they've completed their mandatory quarantine period after arrival.
For more information and general FAQs, please visit Western’s COVID-19 vaccine page.
COVID-19 vaccines in residence
The university and its affiliated university colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s) require all students to be vaccinated.
Quarantine exemptions for vaccinated travellers
Students who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) may be exempt from quarantine requirements, if they:
- are eligible to enter Canada - this includes international students who have a valid study permit to attend a DLI with a government approved COVID-readiness plan
- are asymptomatic
- meet the Government of Canada requirements for fully vaccinated travellers – detailed information on approved vaccines is available on the webpage
- meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arrival.
Please visit the Government of Canada website for details. Eligibility for quarantine exemption will be determined at point of entry to Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers must still have a suitable quarantine plan for 14 days registered with Western and the ArriveCAN app. Please be prepared to quarantine in the case it is determined at the border that you do not meet all the conditions for quarantine exemption.
Partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or fully vaccinated but with a non-Health Canada approved vaccineStudents who do not meet the eligibility requirements will still need to complete all the steps required to travel to Canada from abroad. As of August 9 at 12:01 am EDT, those arriving by air are not required to complete the three-day government-approved hotel stay but must still plan and register a full 14-day quarantine.
Follow the steps required to travel to Canada as outlined. Be prepared to quarantine in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the conditions for quarantine exemption. Before you depart, ensure you upload proof of vaccination along with your other documentation to the ArriveCAN app. If you do meet the conditions for quarantine exemption, the following will apply:
- You are exempt from the three-day government-approved hotel stay, but must still plan and register a full 14-day quarantine.
- Upon your arrival:
- You are exempt from testing upon arrival unless you are randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
- If Canadian Border officials determine that conditions are met for quarantine exemption, you are not required to quarantine.
- You are required to wear a mask in public (at all times, indoors and outdoors) during the 14 days after entry to Canada, maintain a list of names and contact information of close contacts and locations visited, and follow any other public health measures.
- If you are randomly chosen for the Day 1 test and the result is positive, immediately self-isolate, follow your registered quarantine plan, and a member of your local public health authority will contact you.
- Following the 14-day period, continue to follow all public health measures as directed by the local public health authority.