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Rapid testing for COVID-19

UVic's COVID-19 rapid testing site is now open. Rapid tests are available for asymptomatic UVic students, faculty and staff who are required to take weekly tests for COVID-19.

Remember to conduct a daily health check before coming to campus.

Who can get tested at UVic?

Our rapid testing site is only for UVic students, faculty and staff who:

If you meet the above criteria, you must be tested weekly if you plan to:

  • come to the UVic campus
  • attend an off-campus facility or activity controlled, operated or organized by UVic
Please do not visit our rapid testing site if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, please get a test through Island Health and follow the guidance on what to do if you feel ill.

Get a test

Testing is available by appointment only. Book through the Thrive Health platform.

Thrive Health is based in BC and compliant with provincial privacy and security requirements.

Note for employees

Schedule your rapid testing appointment so that it least interferes with your hours of work. You must get approval from your supervisor if you wish to take time away from work to attend a rapid testing appointment.  

If you must attend a rapid testing appointment during work hours, the time away will be without loss of pay.

Location & hours

Our rapid testing station is through the entrance on the back of the Continuing Studies Building (off Gabriola Road). 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to expect

Plan to be at the station for at least 30 minutes. Wear a mask and try to maintain physical distance.

Check in at reception with your QR code and ONECard or government-issued photo ID.

Rapid testing at UVic is a self-administered nasal swab screening test. Staff will give you a self-test kit and show you how to use it.

You’ll need to wait approximately 15 minutes until your test results are ready. The station attendant will record your result and provide you with any additional instructions.

If your result is negative

You can proceed with your on-campus activities for the week.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms during the week, please follow the guidance on what to do if you feel ill.

If your result is positive

You must go home immediately. The station attendant will provide you with instructions.

Updating your vaccination status

If you get fully vaccinated, you can self-declare your updated status through the Thrive Health platform

Once you have declared that you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in the rapid testing program.

Approved vaccines

Getting fully vaccinated is the best way to help protect the collective safety of our community.  “Fully vaccinated” means that you have received two doses of Health Canada or World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccines or a single dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. 

Approved vaccines are:

  • Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • SinoPharm (Beijing) / Covilo / BBIBP-CorV
  • Sinovac/ CoronaVac

Visit the Government of Canada’s website to find the latest recommendations.

Protecting your privacy

The rapid testing station attendant will see and record your result confidentially.

Learn more about how the university is collecting and protecting your personal data.


If you cannot participate in COVID-19 rapid testing or other testing required by the university based on medical or other protected grounds recognized by the British Columbia Human Rights Code, you can request an accommodation.

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