COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Updated June 4, 2021

Western strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself, each other, and our community.

The university will operate an on-campus vaccination clinic later this summer to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty.

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program is well underway. Effective May 23, 2021, youth aged 12 and over can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Ontario.

The vaccine helps your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19, preventing you from getting the illness. The vaccine also helps prevent further spread.

All authorized vaccines in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality and are administered at no cost. All faculty, staff, students and international students, regardless of health care coverage, are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are vaccines safe?

All authorized vaccines in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality.

2. Do I need to be vaccinated to return to campus?

Western is strongly encouraging all members of the campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

The university and its affiliated university colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s) will require students living in residence to have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, assuming Ontario’s supply allows.

Students living in residence will be asked to get vaccinated before their arrival – and those who can’t access the shot will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated on campus. Those who for medical or other reasons cannot be vaccinated will be granted accommodations for this requirement under the Ontario Human Rights Code. For more information, visit: https://housing.uwo.ca/coronavirus/faq.html

3. Will Western have a vaccination site on campus?

As supply allows, Western will operate an on-campus vaccination centre later this summer to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty. More information to come.

4. How do I know if I’m eligible to get a vaccine?

Vaccine eligibility is based on Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan

Effective May 23, 2021, youth aged 12 and over can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Ontario.

5. How do I book an appointment in the Middlesex-London area?

Appointments can be booked online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) expects a high demand for appointments.

Keep checking each morning, if you are not able to book right away.

You can also book a vaccination appointment through the provincial booking system online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine, the provincial booking phone line at 1-833-943-3900 or you can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a pharmacy offering a COVID-19 vaccine.

6. Is the University Pharmacy running a vaccination clinic?

Yes. University Pharmacy, located in the basement of the UCC, will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the London community. University Pharmacy is an independently-owned pharmacy and is not affiliated with Western, our campus testing centre or future vaccination centre.

7. Can students coming from outside of Canada get vaccinated here?

Yes, international students are eligible for vaccinations upon arrival in Canada.

UHIP members residing in Ontario are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost, regardless of where it is administered (public health unit vaccination sites, designated pharmacies, walk-in clinics, family doctors, others). UHIP members residing in Canada, but outside of Ontario, do not have to pay for the vaccine at designated public health unit vaccination sites and designated pharmacies only, but may have to pay if they receive the vaccine at other sites, such as walk-in clinics, family doctor, others. 

If you paid for the vaccine, you can submit a claim to Sun Life for reimbursement up to the UHIP designated amount. Contact iesc@uwo.ca with any questions.

8. I’ll be coming to Canada from abroad for the fall term. Do I need to get a vaccine before I come? If I received a vaccine in my home country do I need another one in Canada?

At this time, Canada is not mandating vaccines for travellers from abroad. Western is encouraging all students to get their vaccines, however only students moving into residence are required to be vaccinated. If you’re moving into residence, you can find their FAQs about vaccines here: https://housing.uwo.ca/coronavirus/faq.html.

9. Do I still need to wear a mask on campus if I’m vaccinated?

Yes. Three-layer non-medical masks remain a requirement for those working and studying on campus, both indoors and outdoors where physical distancing is challenging.

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