1. Vaccine Information
  2. Required Vaccinations
    1. International Travellers to Canada
  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

Vaccine Information

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from COVID-19. Vaccines are proven to significantly reduce the chance of contracting, spreading, and suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19. Your symptoms will be milder if you do contract COVID-19 after vaccination.

Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, how they work and possible side effects by visiting our COVID-19 Vaccination Information website.

Required Vaccinations

As a result of the recent strong recommendation of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH), which represents all 34 public health units across the Province, Carleton University along with all post-secondary institutions in Ontario, will be requiring mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all individuals (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors) involved in any in-person activities both on- and off-campus.

As a result, all individuals who are coming on to campus must attest to being fully vaccinated. Drop-in vaccination clinics are available at any community clinic, pop-up clinic, or neighbourhood vaccination hub in Ottawa.

All those participating in in-person activities at Carleton will be required to upload their Vaccine Dose Administration Receipts or equivalent document(s) that provide proof of vaccination through cuScreen.

International Travellers to Canada

Please note that the Government of Canada may allow eligible fully vaccinated travellers to be exempt from quarantine and other testing requirements associated with their arrival. As these requirements may differ from accepted vaccines for accessing the Carleton campus, it is strongly recommended that students review the list of Government of Canada accepted COVID-19 vaccines to determine if they may be considered fully vaccinated in order to qualify for this travel-related exemption. Please contact the International Student Services Office (ISSO) for more information.

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

The Ontario Ministry of Health has announced new vaccination guidelines for individuals vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada (PDF, 332 KB).

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.

For international students unable to access a vaccine authorized by Health Canada, Carleton is providing an on-campus vaccination clinic for students seeking doses of an mRNA vaccine.

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.

Unvaccinated individuals without an approved permitted exemption will not be able to attend campus or any University activity in person.

In addition, Carleton community members with approved permitted exemptions will be able to book a mandatory rapid testing appointment through cuScreen. Rapid testing will be required 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

Drop-in vaccination clinics are available at any community clinic, pop-up clinic, or neighbourhood vaccination hub in Ottawa.

Frequently Asked Questions