COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Updated June 4, 2021
Western strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself, each other, and our community.
The university will operate an on-campus vaccination clinic later this summer to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty.
The vaccine helps your body develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19, preventing you from getting the illness. The vaccine also helps prevent further spread.
All authorized vaccines in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality and are administered at no cost. All faculty, staff, students and international students, regardless of health care coverage, are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions
All authorized vaccines in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality.
Western is strongly encouraging all members of the campus community to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
The university and its affiliated university colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s) will require students living in residence to have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, assuming Ontario’s supply allows.
Students living in residence will be asked to get vaccinated before their arrival – and those who can’t access the shot will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated on campus. Those who for medical or other reasons cannot be vaccinated will be granted accommodations for this requirement under the Ontario Human Rights Code. For more information, visit: https://housing.uwo.ca/coronavirus/faq.html
As supply allows, Western will operate an on-campus vaccination centre later this summer to accommodate first and second doses for students, staff and faculty. More information to come.
Vaccine eligibility is based on Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
Appointments can be booked online at www.covidvaccinelm.ca
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) expects a high demand for appointments.
Keep checking each morning, if you are not able to book right away.
You can also book a vaccination appointment through the provincial booking system online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine, the provincial booking phone line at 1-833-943-3900 or you can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a pharmacy offering a COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, international students are eligible for vaccinations upon arrival in Canada.
UHIP members residing in Ontario are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost, regardless of where it is administered (public health unit vaccination sites, designated pharmacies, walk-in clinics, family doctors, others). UHIP members residing in Canada, but outside of Ontario, do not have to pay for the vaccine at designated public health unit vaccination sites and designated pharmacies only, but may have to pay if they receive the vaccine at other sites, such as walk-in clinics, family doctor, others.
If you paid for the vaccine, you can submit a claim to Sun Life for reimbursement up to the UHIP designated amount. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
8. I’ll be coming to Canada from abroad for the fall term. Do I need to get a vaccine before I come? If I received a vaccine in my home country do I need another one in Canada?
At this time, Canada is not mandating vaccines for travellers from abroad. Western is encouraging all students to get their vaccines, however only students moving into residence are required to be vaccinated. If you’re moving into residence, you can find their FAQs about vaccines here: https://housing.uwo.ca/coronavirus/faq.html.
Yes. Three-layer non-medical masks remain a requirement for those working and studying on campus, both indoors and outdoors where physical distancing is challenging.
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