Written by Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Cole Lawrence / @CURavens
August 24, 2021
As a result of the recent strong recommendation of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH), which represents all 34 public health units across the Province, Carleton University along with all post-secondary institutions in Ontario, will be requiring mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all individuals (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors) involved in any in-person Carleton activities both on- and off-campus. This includes anyone wishing to access our athletics facilities for any amount of time, for any reason – indoors or outdoors.
As a result, all individuals who are coming on to campus must attest to receiving their first dose vaccine by September 8, 2021, and their second dose no later than October 15, 2021. Health and Counselling Services is now offering vaccination clinics on campus with Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until October 7, 2021. Drop-in vaccinations are also available at any community clinic, pop-up clinic, or neighbourhood vaccination hub in Ottawa.
All those participating in in-person activities at Carleton will be required to upload their Vaccine Dose Administration Receipts or equivalent document(s) that provide proof of vaccination through CUScreen by the deadlines referenced above. Accordingly, please note that reporting vaccination status is not required to access campus prior to September 8, 2021. More information on how to provide proof of vaccination will be communicated at a later date. Any false information or misrepresentation on the mandatory attestation form is a violation of university policy that will be taken very seriously.
Any individual who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds or other protected grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code can request an exemption. All individuals who are unvaccinated due to permitted exemptions or who are awaiting their second dose are required to adhere to additional health and safety measures, including frequent rapid testing. Unvaccinated individuals without an approved permitted exemption will not be able to attend campus or any University activity in person. Carleton community members with approved permitted exemptions will be able to book a mandatory rapid testing appointment through CUScreen. Rapid testing will be required within 72 hours before participating in an in-person activity at Carleton and more details will be communicated at a later date.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective public health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Its inclusion among the other public health measures (including physical distancing and capacity limits, and indoor mask use) is essential in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to work closely with public health officials and will continue to adapt as their recommendations evolve. For more information regarding Carleton’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 website.