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COVID-19 vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 12+ who lives or works in BC.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and protect against infection from the severe disease that can occur in people of all ages. The vaccines cause your body to produce antibodies that will help to protect you and those who are not vaccinated or are susceptible to infection from getting sick if exposed to the virus. 

COVID-19 vaccine clinics

UVic employees are entitled to up to three hours of paid leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19, if required.

Clinics on campus

Current students can book an appointment to get the vaccine at the Student Wellness Centre starting Sept. 14.

Community vaccination clinics

Find a drop-in clinic in your community to receive your first or second COVID-19 vaccination.

BC Vaccine Card

For BC residents, the BC Vaccine Card program is now in effect.

We encourage you to sign up for your BC Vaccine Card.

Proof of vaccination

Certain activities and services require proof of vaccination to enter:

Proof of vaccination is not required to access these UVic services and spaces:

  • Bookstore
  • Cafeterias
  • Classrooms & labs
  • Coffee shops
  • Libraries
  • Study spaces

Food on campus

You will need to show proof of vaccination status for entry into Felicita's and the University Club.

Proof of vaccination is not required in all other food outlets on campus, including Mystic Market, The MOD, Starbucks and food outlets in the SUB. Visit UVic Food Services for more information.

How to demonstrate your vaccination status

To access campus services where proof of vaccination is required, you need to provide:

  • BC residents: BC Vaccine Card and valid government issued identification
  • Canadian residents from outside of BC: proof of vaccination and valid government issued identification
  • Residents from international locations: proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada and your passport

Visitors and contractors

Except where mandated by public health, visitors and contractors participating in educational or work-related activities and events are not required to show proof of their vaccination status.

Examples:

  • visiting researchers, artists, performers, lecturers, presenters, and volunteers
  • external community and group bookings

If you are coming to UVic campus as a contractor, volunteer or other arrangement, you are expected to follow your employer’s or organization’s vaccination policies.

Self-declaration & rapid testing

All UVic students and employees coming to campus are required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, using the Thrive Health platform.

You must complete your declaration by Sept. 26 (midnight).

Vaccination declarations are confidential and stored securely. Learn more about Thrive Health's privacy policy.

There are no medical exemptions for this process. UVic community members who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who choose not to disclose their vaccine status are required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 rapid testing if they plan to come to campus, or attend an off-campus facility or activity controlled or organized by UVic.

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