1. Vaccine Information
  2. Required Vaccinations
  3. Health Canada Approved Vaccines
    1. Vaccination Guidelines for Individuals Vaccinated Outside of Ontario/Canada
  4. Requesting an Exemption
  5. Vaccine Clinics
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

NOTICE: We strongly recommend that all members of the Carleton community get their third and fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Vaccine Information

Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities from severe outcomes from COVID-19 and its variants. For more information, visit the Government of Ontario website.

Required Vaccinations

Although proof of vaccination is not required to access campus or participate in in-person Carleton activities, it may become necessary to bring back proof of vaccination requirements on short notice if the situation and public health advice changes. All Carleton students, faculty and staff continue to be required to attest to their vaccination status and, if vaccinated, upload proof of vaccination and subsequent booster doses in cuScreen as soon as possible.

Health Canada Approved Vaccines

After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved four vaccines for use in Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech – approved on December 9, 2020
  • Moderna – approved on December 23, 2020
  • AstraZeneca – approved on February 26, 2021 (first doses are paused by the Government of Ontario out of an abundance of caution)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – approved on March 5, 2021

Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines are approved, how they work and possible side effects is important. Learn more by visiting Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety website.

Vaccination Guidelines for Individuals Vaccinated Outside of Ontario/Canada

An individual is fully vaccinated if they have received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines approved by Health Canada and they received their last dose at least 14 days before the date of their attestation.

For individuals who have received a complete one or two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized for use by Health Canada, the individual will be fully vaccinated if:

  1. they receive one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine; or
  2. three doses of non-Health Canada vaccine

Individuals are only considered fully vaccinated if they received their last dose at least 14 days before the date of their attestation.

Requesting an Exemption

Any individual who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds or other protected grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code can request an exemption using one of the following forms:

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.

Before submitting your exemption form, please review the ask the experts video series provided by the Government of Canada.

In addition, Carleton community members with approved permitted exemptions must have a negative rapid test within 72 hours before participating in an in-person activity at Carleton. Individuals will not be able to submit a COVID-19 screening self-assessment until they have a negative rapid test in cuScreen.

There is no exemption request process for rapid testing.

Vaccine Clinics

When possible, Health Services will collaborate with Ottawa Public Health to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus. Information will be provided on the Health Services website as it becomes available. Vaccination appointments are also readily available at community clinics and local pharmacies.

Frequently Asked Questions