COVID-19 Update on Durham College’s vaccination requirements and policy

WHAT
Vaccination remains the most effective way to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. As such, in preparation for the fall semester, Durham College (DC) is taking action to protect the health and safety of its campus community and recently announced a vaccination policy for all those coming to campus.

With endorsement from the Council of Medical Officers of Health, DC’s vaccination policy, which can be accessed online, will go a long way in supporting the fight against COVID-19 here at home and beyond.

The below information outlines important vaccination expectations and rapid antigen testing requirements for all individuals coming to campus.

WHEN
Effective Friday, September 3.

DETAILS
Effective September 3, all individuals attending campus, college operated property or college sanctioned events are required to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine or have received the first of a two-dose vaccine as a condition to come to campus.

DC requires individuals attending campus, college-operated property or college sanctioned events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine by Sunday, October 17. DC students, employees, clients, third-party contractors, visitors and/or other guests on DC campuses, affiliated facilities and in student residences, must provide proof of full vaccination before coming to campus.

Exemptions to the above are based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code and are requested through DC’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Please note: exemptions will not be extended to clients, third-party contractors, visitors or other community members.

Those not yet fully vaccinated must test negative on a rapid antigen test twice per week before entering DC campuses or college operated property prior to October 17.

Providing proof of vaccination

Beginning Friday, September 3, individuals coming to campus or accessing DC facilities will be required to show proof of their vaccination.

  • Employees and students must upload their COVID-19 vaccine dose administration receipt using the COVID-19 screening app. [Note: additions to the app are currently underway.]
  • Visitors, including clients, customers, committee and community members must show their vaccine dose administration receipt to security upon arrival and entry to campus.
  • Third-party contractors are required to work with their employer to provide proof of vaccination.

Individuals requiring vaccines can book an appointment through the Province of Ontario’s booking site, at one of the Region of Durham’s vaccination clinics, or at the Campus Ice Centre. Once the semester gets underway, the college will also implement pop-up vaccination sites throughout the fall.

Vaccination receipts are provided to individuals after they receive their vaccination. They can also be downloaded from the Ontario Health website.

Rapid testing for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals

  • All individuals coming to campus must complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire where they will upload their vaccination receipts. [Note: additions to the app are currently underway.]
  • Those not yet fully vaccinated will receive a cautionary “yellow” status that will allow entry to the campus until such time as the on-campus Rapid Testing Site is operational.
  • Once DC’s rapid testing becomes available in mid-September, all “yellow” cautionary results will need to be accompanied with a clean rapid test paper receipt to garner access.
  • Rapid testing will be in place until October 17, at which time only fully vaccinated individuals or those with an approved exemption will be permitted to campus.

DC’s rapid testing will be available mid-September at:

Oshawa campus: UL building (Ontario Tech University building adjacent and north of the Campus Library).

Whitby campus:  Mobile rapid testing tent located at the southeast corner of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food parking lot.

Keeping you safe while on campus

To learn more about what the college is doing to keep the campus community safe, visit DC’s COVID-19 webpage.

Please note that public health and government guidance on measures for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated individuals may evolve and could affect DC’s vaccination policy. The college will continue to comply with all federal, provincial, and local public health regulations and will communicate regular updates to the campus community through email, social media, the DC Mobile app and our COVID-19 webpage.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and co-operation and are looking forward to a new fall semester!

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