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.

Western University has announced an update to its vaccination policy as of September 6:

All students, faculty and staff are required to have received their primary series of vaccinations plus one additional booster dose, and to upload their proof of vaccination to Western by January 9, 2023. 

Note: vaccinations acceptable for entry to Canada are not necessarily the same as Health-Canada authorized vaccines. This means that you may be required to receive an additional vaccine upon arrival, and a subsequent booster vaccination after waiting the appropriate length of time. 

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

 

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 has been updated to align with Western's revised vaccination policy as of September 6, 2022.

My arrival in Canada and quarantine requirements will prevent me from being fully vaccinated and/or boosted 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 and/or boosted.

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

Individuals who have received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada-authorized* vaccine must receive one dose of a Health Canada-authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago) to be considered as having the primary series of vaccines. Western's revised policy also requires individuals to receive one additional booster dose at the appropriate time interval after your 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 Health Canada or 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). You will be required to have a booster dose at the appropriate time interval after your last vaccination. Book your vaccination appointment through Western’s Vaccination and Testing Centre.

Please see the table below to determine if you require an additional vaccine dose to complete your primary series of vaccinations, or be compliant Western's revised vaccination 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 complete your primary series of vaccinations.

I am only partially vaccinated, what should I do?

You will be required to receive a dose of a Health Canada-authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago) 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 at the appropriate time interval 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. Is it safe to receive a booster dose?

Yes. It is safe for you to receive an additional vaccination if you have waited the appropriate time interval from your last 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 a Health Canada-authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTECH, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago) to complete your primary series of vaccinations, and to receive a booster dose after the appropriate time interval from your last vaccination. 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?

Yes. According to Western's revised vaccination policy, you are required to receive one additional booster dose.

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.

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 am to 8:00 pm, 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 am to 8:00 pm, 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 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday).

Note: you do not need advanced proof of vaccination from the Province/Health Unit to provide proof of vaccination to Western. You may upload your current documents (or certified translations) via your Student Center account


Location of Vaccination and Testing Centre:

Thames Hall, Room 3189

 


TABLE: Types and doses of vaccines and requirements to be considered fully vaccinated and boosted according to Western's revised vaccination policy.

This table indicates additional doses required according to Ontario's revised definition of fully vaccinated and to comply with Western's vaccination policy. Note that the booster dose may now include the Moderna bivalent vaccine approved by Health Canada in September 2022. For questions, contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca.

Types and doses of vaccines and requirements to be considered fully vaccinated and to comply with Western's revised vaccination policy. 
Vaccine Doses Already Received Additional doses to complete primary series Additional doses (booster) required to comply with Western's vaccination policy
Pfizer-BioNTECH 2 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Moderna 2 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
AstraZeneca/COVISHEILD 2 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen 1 dose None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Novavax Nuvaxovid 2 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Medicago Covifenz 2 doses  None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose  1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sinovac 3 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sinopharm 3 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Anhui Zhifei 3 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Bharat Biotech/Covaxin 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sputnik/Gam-COVID-Vac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Sputnik Light 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Minhai/SARS-CoV-2 (Vero Cells) 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
KoviVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
QazCovid-in/QazVac 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
COVIran-Barekat 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
CanSino/Ad5-nCoV Convidecia 1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Vektor/Epi VacCorona 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Soberana 02 / Soberana Plus / FINLAY-FR-1A 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Abdala/CIGB-66 3 doses None 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Medigen 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
Spikogen / Vaxine/CinnaGen Co. COVAX-19 2 doses 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine
1 dose 1 Pfizer or Moderna, Novavax or Megicago vaccine 1 Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax or Medicago vaccine


*Depending on age eligibility, and timing between doses.

Please see the following Government resources for more details: