Vaccine FAQ for International Students

The information below is intended to help international students understand and comply with Western's COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. Please visit the following two additional websites for related vaccine information. If you have additional questions please contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca. You may also wish to explore two additional websites below:

Western's vaccine web page

  • Information & booking links for Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Vaccine information for entry to Canada

  • Check the Government website for vaccination requirements to enter Canada.

As of May 2, 2022, you are considered fully vaccinated in Ontario if you have received:

  • The full primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Medicago, AstraZeneca, including COVISHIELD) in any combination or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson);

OR

  • A full or partial primary series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine plus any additional recommended doses of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine  to complete the primary series;

AND

  • The final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.

The Province of Ontario encourages individuals to stay up to date with their vaccinations, in addition to ensuring they meet the definition of fully vaccinated above. 

What does up to date mean?  

According to the Province of Ontario, individuals are up to date if they have received all provincially-eligible COVID-19 doses, including booster dose(s). See the Government of Ontario website for details. 

For those 18 to 59 years of age who have received non-Health-Canada approved vaccines, this means having the required vaccinations to complete the primary vaccination series, plus additional booster dose(s) of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at the recommended intervals. Novavax Nuvaxovid or Medicago Covifenz COVID-19 vaccines can be used as a booster dose for those who are unwilling or unable to receive an mRNA vaccine.

Students can book an appointment to receive a booster dose at Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Note: Western's Vaccination Centre will only have mRNA vaccines available. To receive Novavax or Medicago, visit the appropriate Middlesex-London Health Unit clinic

Please see the Vaccine Requirements Table below for guidance on your required vaccinations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I acquire advanced proof of vaccination if I don’t have a health card?

If I received all my doses inside of Ontario:

  • Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to request your vaccination proof at 1-322-943-3900 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday).

If I received one or more of my doses outside of Ontario:

  • Submit your proof of vaccination to be verified by the Middlesex-London Health Unit at https://covidvaccinelm.ca/outofprovince
    • Please Note: It may take up to 21 days to process an out-of-Ontario or out-of-Canada COVID-19 vaccine submission.
  • Once processed, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre to request your vaccination proof at 1-322-943-3900 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday).

Unsure which vaccine you received or can’t find proof? Call the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 226-289-3560 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday).

What vaccines are accepted to meet Western’s vaccine requirements?

Please refer to Western’s vaccination policy and the table below for acceptable vaccine requirements. This information has been updated to align with the Province of Ontario's definition of "fully vaccinated" and "up-to-date" as of May 2, 2022.

My arrival in Canada and quarantine requirements will prevent me from being fully vaccinated by the start of fall term. What should I do?

Please email vaxinfo@uwo.ca using your Western email address (@uwo.ca) and explain your situation.

As soon as you are able to, please book an appointment to receive additional required vaccines at Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Please contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca for questions.

If I am not able to be meet the deadlines for Western's vaccination policy due to quarantine, late arrival or recent vaccination, can I still come to campus? Do I need to be tested?

Please contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca to explain your situation and seek guidance on how to comply with Western's vaccination policy until you can be fully vaccinated.

I am fully vaccinated but with a vaccine not approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization. What should I do?

Individuals who have received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada-authorized* vaccine must receive a dose of a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna) to be considered as having the primary series of vaccines. Western's revised policy also requires those aged 18-59 to receive a booster dose 3 months after their last vaccination. Book your vaccination appointment through Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Individuals who have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it is not approved by the World Health Organization, are considered to have received their primary series of vaccinations (as long as it has been 14 days since their last dose). To be considered 'up-to-date,' you will be required to have a booster dose at least 3 months after your last vaccination.

Please see the table below to determine if you require an additional vaccine dose to complete your primary series of vaccinations, or be compliant with the up-to-date policy.

*Please note: vaccinations for the purposes of entry to Canada are not the same as Health Canada-authorized vaccines. Even if you were exempt from quarantine, you may need additional vaccinations to be considered fully vaccinated in Ontario/at Western.

I am only partially vaccinated, what should I do?

You will be required to receive a dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna) to complete your primary vaccination series. Please make arrangements to be immunized as soon as possible after your arrival. You are also required to receive a booster dose three months after your last vaccination. Book your vaccination appointment through Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre. We also recommend that you email vaxinfo@uwo.ca using your Western email address to explain your situation. 

Is it safe to re-vaccinate if I have already received a vaccination?

If it has been longer than one month since your last vaccination, it is safe for you to receive an additional vaccination. If you wish to discuss any health concerns with a health care provider, please contact Student Health Care at (519) 661-3030.

I have received two doses of a non-Health Canada-authorized vaccine plus an additional mRNA vaccine. Am I still eligible for a booster dose (4th vaccination)?

Yes. If it has been longer than three months since your last vaccination, it is safe for you to receive an additional vaccination. You can receive your booster dose at Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre. If you wish to discuss any health concerns with a health care provider, please contact Student Health Care at (519) 661-3030.

If I have already had two doses of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine, do I need to be vaccinated with a Health-Canada approved vaccine?

Yes, you are required to receive a dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna) to complete your primary series of vaccinations. Book your vaccination appointment through Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre.

I received three doses of the Anhui Zhifei vaccine. Do I need to receive additional vaccines?

No. If you have received the full series (three doses) of the Anhui Zhifei vaccine, no further vaccinations are required.

My vaccine verification documentation is not in English. Do I need to translate before uploading?

Yes, a certified translation of vaccine verification documentation is required.

If you need a certified translation of your document, please send an email to admin@lcclc.org FROM YOUR WESTERN EMAIL address (@uwo.ca) with the subject line “Proof of Vaccination – Western University” and attach the document(s) to be translated.

A translation will be returned to you from this email address in 1-5 business days, at no charge. Once you receive the translated document, upload it using the personalized link sent to you by email from Western University.

Please do not attach other documents to be translated. This complimentary service through the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) has been arranged only for Western students who require translated documents for Proof of Vaccination purposes. Translation services for other needs are available through CCLC for regular fees.

Do I have to go to government office to get a proof of vaccination? Does a document from a hospital work as well?

If you have been given a vaccination at a local Ontario hospital, you can come to the Vaccination and Testing Centre with your student card and a second proof of identity (passport) and the health team can provide your proof of vaccination.

If you have been given a vaccination at a hospital outside of Canada and have questions about your vaccine documentation, you can bring your documents to the Vaccination and Testing Centre with your student card and a second proof of identity (passport), and the health team will review the documentation from an international hospital or health organization to for verification of vaccination purposes.


Location of Vaccination and Testing Centre

Vaccination and COVID-19 testing, including rapid antigen testing, is available at Western's Vaccination and Testing CentreLocation: Thames Hall, Room 3189. 

 


TABLE: Types and doses of vaccines and requirements to be considered fully vaccinated and Up to Date.

This table indicates additional doses required according to Ontario's revised definitions of fully vaccinated and up to date. You are only considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last dose. You must receive a booster dose to be considered up to date. For questions, contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca.

Types and doses of vaccines and requirements to be considered fully vaccinated and up to date. Note: Three doses of any vaccine is considered fully vaccinated in Ontario, regardless if three doses is highlighted in the chart below.
Vaccine Doses Already Received Additional Doses Required to be Considered Fully Vaccinated Additional Doses Required to be Considered "Up-to-Date"*
Pfizer-BioNTECH 2 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Moderna 2 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
AstraZeneca/COVISHEILD 2 doses None 11 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen 1 dose None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Novavax Nuvaxovid 2 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Medicago Covifenz 2 doses  None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose  1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sinovac 3 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sinopharm 3 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Anhui Zhifei 3 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Bharat Biotech/Covaxin 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sputnik/Gam-COVID-Vac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sputnik Light 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Minhai/SARS-CoV-2 (Vero Cells) 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
KoviVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
QazCovid-in/QazVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
COVIran-Barekat 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
CanSino/Ad5-nCoV Convidecia 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Vektor/Epi VacCorona 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Soberana 02 / Soberana Plus / FINLAY-FR-1A 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Abdala/CIGB-66 3 doses None 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Medigen 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Spikogen / Vaxine/CinnaGen Co. COVAX-19 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 or 2 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine


*Depending on age eligibility, and timing between doses.

Please see the following Government resources for more details: