COVID-19 Update: Vaccine requirements for students living in residence beginning this fall

COVID-19 Update: Vaccine requirements for students living in residence beginning this fall

June 21


While students who are living away from home this year begin planning for the fall semester, Durham College (DC) is also preparing to welcome more people back to campus. As we prioritize the health and well-being of our employees, students and community, we are also taking actions to provide a safe and rewarding living experience for those staying in a DC residence.

It’s with this in mind that DC along with our campus partner Ontario Tech University have made the decision to make vaccinations a requirement for students living in on-campus residences during the 2021-22 academic year, with support from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).

This means that students living in residence are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine and have their second dose scheduled. It is recommended that students receive their dose 14 days prior to moving in. So far, The World Health Organization has approved the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.

Some exemptions to this condition will be permitted for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Specific details around vaccination requirements and guidelines for residence students will be shared directly with students when they receive their official on-campus residence acceptance.

Living on campus is a unique and rewarding experience – one that provides an opportunity to nurture life-long friendships and cultivate personal growth in a supportive atmosphere.

Data continues to indicate that as the percentage of vaccinated individuals increases, COVID-19 case counts decrease. DC recognizes that increased vaccination rates play an important role in re-establishing a sense of normalcy and reducing on-campus transmission, while keeping our community safe.  It is our goal to ensure that students enjoy the full benefits of their residence experience when they arrive in the fall – and mandatory vaccinations as a condition of residence occupancy will help make this possible.

DC is looking forward to a more vibrant and healthy campus experience this fall and is committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19.  As such, we will continue to implement and communicate health and safety measures in accordance with DRPH.

For more information about DC’s response to COVID-19, please visit