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 Westerns Vaccination and Testing Centre

International arrival vaccine information

  • Information on vaccination and travel to Canada

Western's vaccination policy aligns with the Province of Ontario’s revised definition of "fully vaccinated status."

As of September 16, 2021, fully vaccinated is now defined as:

The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), or any combination of such vaccines,
OR
One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (note, the vaccine does NOT need to be WHO-approved), followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada.
OR
Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (note, the vaccine does NOT need to be WHO-approved, for example, the Anhui Zhifei Longcom COVID-19 vaccine)
AND
They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago


What does this mean for students?

Updated December 8, 2021

  • Students who were previously considered fully vaccinated with two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm are now required to receive one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) to be considered fully vaccinated. The third dose is mandatory in order to comply with Western's vaccination policy
  • Effective Tuesday, October 12, students who have not received a full series of required vaccines will not be in compliance with Western's vaccine policy and are required to rapid test until the 14 days after their last dose. There is no option to continue rapid testing unless students are eligible for a medical or Ontario Human Rights Code exemption.
  • Students who have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada are considered fully vaccinated, even if their vaccine is not WHO-approved.
    • For example, Anhui Zhifei Longcom COVID-19 vaccine from China is not WHO-approved, but it is a three-dose series, so as long as students have received all three doses, and it is 14 days after their last dose, they are considered fully vaccinated.
  • Uploading your proof of vaccination documentation: once students are deemed 'active' on Western's student record system, they will receive an email to their @uwo.ca email address with a personalized link to upload proof of vaccination. If you do not receive the email or can't find it, contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca 
  •  Vaccine requirements for quarantine exemption and entry to Canada have changed (as of November 30, 2021) but do not align with the Province of Ontario definition. Students may have to obtain additional vaccinations upon arrival, even if they are deemed exempt from quarantine requirements. Students arriving from outside of Canada must still be prepared to quarantine and complete the mandatory registration of their Quarantine & Travel plan with Western, regardless of vaccination status.


Please refer to the questions and vaccine table below for further information on doses required to meet the definition of fully vaccinated at Western.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 and the policy has been updated to align with the Province of Ontario's revised definition of "fully vaccinated" as of September 16, 2021.

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

We understand that students arriving from outside of Canada who are subject to travel delays and quarantine requirements may not be able to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the winter term. Based on the vaccination policy, you would need to do rapid testing twice per week until you meet the conditions for being fully vaccinated. Please email vaxinfo@uwo.ca using your Western email address (@uwo.ca) and explain your situation.

Rapid testing is available at Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Students are required to follow Western's rapid testing protocol until 14 days after they receive their final dose of vaccine. There is no option to contiue rapid testing unless students are eligible for a medical or Ontario Human Rights Code exemption. 

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?

We understand that students arriving from outside of Canada who are subject to travel delays and quarantine requirements may not be able to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of winter term. Based on the policy, you would need to do rapid testing twice per week until you meet the conditions above for being fully vaccinated (e.g., have received your final dose and it has been at least 14 days since it was received). Rapid testing is available at Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Please contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca for questions.

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 single dose of a mNRA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna). 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 fully vaccinated (as long as it has been 14 days since their last dose).

Please see the table below to determine if you require an additional vaccine dose.

I am only partially vaccinated, what should I do?

You will be required to receive a single dose of mNRA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna). Please make arrangements to be immunized as soon as possible after your arrival. Book your vaccination appointment through Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre.
We also recommend that you email vaxinfo@uwo.ca to indicate you are partially vaccinated, have booked an appointment for vaccination, and require rapid testing until 14 days after your last vaccine dose.

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.

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 now required to receive a single dose of an mNRA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna). 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 Centre.

Graphic Services Building circled on map


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

This table indicates additional doses required according to the revised definition of fully vaccinated. You are only considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your last dose. Students who do not meet the conditions must follow Western's rapid testing protocol until 14 days after they have received their final dose. For questions, contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca.

Types and doses of vaccines and requirements to be considered fully vaccinated
Vaccine Doses Already Received Additional Doses Required
Pfizer-BioNTECH 2 doses None
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Moderna 2 doses None
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
AstraZeneca/COVISHEILD 2 doses None
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen 1 dose None
Sinovac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Sinopharm 3 doses None
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Anhui Zhifei 3 doses None
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Bharat Biotech/Covaxin 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Sputnik/Gam-COVID-Vac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Sputnik Light 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Minhai/SARS-CoV-2 (Vero Cells) 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
KoviVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
QazCovid-in/QazVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
COVIran-Barekat 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
CanSino/Ad5-nCoV Convidecia 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Novavax 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Vektor/Epi VacCorona 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Abdala/CIGB-66 3 doses None
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
Medigen 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna vaccine

Source:
Characteristics of COVID-19 Vaccine Platforms and Recommendations for Additional Doses for Individuals Vaccinated Outside of Ontario,
(Appendix A, COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada)
Ontario Ministry of Health, September 14, 2021