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Vaccinations

Ryerson University strongly encourages all community members to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Each of us has the power to help protect our classmates, professors, colleagues, friends and family members and to help stop the spread of the virus and reduce its harmful impacts.

The Ryerson Medical Centre is offering the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) to all community members. Please call 416-979-5070 to schedule a vaccine appointment if you are eligible to get vaccinated. If you would like to discuss vaccine eligibility, please book an appointment with one of our physicians through the Student Wellbeing page.

You must be vaccinated to access campus

Effective Monday, October 18, individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption from the university. Individuals who have approved exemptions are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program

To protect the health and safety of community members on campus and to comply with the recommendations from public health authorities and requirements of the provincial government, Ryerson, like other post-secondary institutions in Ontario, requires individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination to access campus or in-person university activities off campus. Individuals who require an exemption from the requirement for vaccination for medical reasons or other protected grounds recognized by  Ontario's Human Rights Code may be permitted to attend campus or in-person university activities off campus, subject to regular rapid antigen testing requirements and other health and safety measures that may be implemented by the university. 

Proof of vaccination required for winter 2022 semester

All students, faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccination status via RyersonSafe by November 1, 2021 in advance of the Winter 2022 semester. 

If you have already submitted your vaccination status in RyersonSafe

If you have already indicated your vaccination status in RyersonSafe and there has been no change in your status, no further action is required from you. For individuals who previously indicated they are not fully vaccinated or that they are applying for an exemption and have had a change in status, please update your status in RyersonSafe. 

How to submit proof of vaccination status or update your status

There are two ways to submit your proof of vaccination:

  1. Download the RyersonSafe App, if you do not already have it.
  2. Open the RyersonSafe app on your mobile device.
    • If you already have the RyersonSafe app downloaded, you may need to update your settings to view the new option. To update your settings, tap the Ryerson logo at the top of your screen.  
  3. Select “COVID-19” > “Submit Proof of Vaccination”
    • Students, faculty and staff will be required to enter their Ryerson credentials. 
  4. Complete the vaccine disclosure process by selecting the option that best applies to you: 
    • I am fully vaccinated.
      • You will be required to submit proof of vaccination. 
    • I am not fully vaccinated. 
    • I need an exemption. 
  5. Once complete, you will receive a badge which will reflect your vaccination status and a confirmation email.
    • If you indicate that you are not fully vaccinated or that you are intending to apply for an exemption, you will be required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program. As of October 18, individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have not been granted an exemption or accommodation will no longer be able to access campus.
      • Please note that even in circumstances where an exemption or accommodation is granted, rapid antigen testing will still be required. 

Leaders should track completion of their employees who are working on campus and then delete the email record of the vaccination status.

We encourage all community members to download the RyersonSafe app as it is the university’s tool for mass notification that will send alerts in urgent situations that pose an immediate safety or security risk to the community. 

If you do not wish to download the app, you can also access the required vaccine disclosure by:

  1. Visiting the RyersonSafe COVID-19 Submit Proof of Vaccination webpage, external link
  2. Complete the vaccine disclosure process by selecting the option that best applies to you: 
    • I am fully vaccinated.
      • You will be required to submit proof of vaccination.
    • I am not fully vaccinated. 
    • I need an exemption.
  3. Once complete, you will receive a badge which will reflect your vaccination status and a confirmation email. 

If you indicate that you are not fully vaccinated for any reason, you are unable to access campus. Please note that even in circumstances where an exemption or accommodation is granted, rapid antigen testing will still be required.

Individuals who submit proof of being fully vaccinated will receive an “Approved” status with a green badge upon completion of the submission.  

Individuals who indicate they are not fully vaccinated will receive a “Not Approved” status, with a red badge upon completion of the submission, and must participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program in order to access campus. 

Individuals who indicate they are intending to apply for an exemption will receive a “Not Complete” status, with an orange badge upon completion of their submission, and must participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program in order to access campus. Please note that more action is required to apply for an exemption, which is outlined on the Apply for an Exemption webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Ryerson’s vaccination policy

As community spread of COVID-19 continues in many areas and with new variants of concern circulating, public health measures remain the foundation of the pandemic response. Vaccines have been recognized by public health authorities as a safe and effective way to protect you and those around you from serious illness, external link due to COVID-19. This requirement will help us to provide an engaged and safe experience for faculty, staff, and students and is in line with provincial government directives to post-secondary institutions.

Each of us has the power to help protect our classmates, professors, colleagues, friends and loved ones and help stop the spread of the virus and reduce its harmful impacts. While the vaccine provides individual protection, by requiring those who access our campus or in-person university activities off campus to be vaccinated, it will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and amongst our community. 

Visit the Government of Canada's information on Vaccines for COVID-19, external link to learn more about effectiveness and benefits, vaccine safety and more.

Ryerson University has developed a vaccine policy.

The policy requires all community members who will be attending campus or in-person university activities off campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Individuals who require an exemption from the requirement for vaccination for medical reasons or other protected grounds under Ontario's Human Rights Code may be permitted to attend campus or in-person university activities off campus, subject to participation in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program requirements and other health and safety measures that may be implemented by the university.

On October 7, Ontario updated the definition of “fully vaccinated against COVID-19”.  As a result, to comply with the applicable law and university’s policy, individuals must show proof that they have received:

(i)  the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,

(ii)  one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or

(iii)  three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.

Additionally, the final dose must have been received at least 14 days ago. 

This update will impact individuals who were previously able to receive an Approved vaccinated status in RyersonSafe by indicating Sinopharm or Sinovac for both doses. The university is currently determining the process for impacted individuals to update their status and will follow up with them directly. For individuals who have not yet submitted proof, the university is determining if an update to the existing process is required and will provide further guidance on the Vaccinations webpage once finalized.

The policy applies to any physical indoor space or outdoor grounds that are owned, leased, licensed, operated, or otherwise occupied by Ryerson University, but does not include premises leased or licensed to external parties for their exclusive use by Ryerson University.

On October 7, Ontario updated the definition of “fully vaccinated against COVID-19”.  As a result, to comply with the applicable law and university’s policy, individuals must show proof that they have received:

(i)  the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,

(ii)  one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or

(iii)  three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.

Additionally, the final dose must have been received at least 14 days ago. 

Based on this, Ryerson University will accept a Health Canada, external link approved COVID-19 vaccine. This includes: 

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca, also known as Covishield
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Individuals who received vaccines not approved by Health Canada may submit:

  • one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.

This update will impact individuals who were previously able to receive an Approved vaccinated status in RyersonSafe by indicating Sinopharm or Sinovac for both doses. The university is currently determining the process for impacted individuals to update their status and will follow up with them directly. For individuals who have not yet submitted proof, the university is determining if an update to the existing process is required and will provide further guidance on the Vaccinations webpage once finalized.

In order to attest to being fully vaccinated and submit proof,  individuals must show proof that they have received:

(i)  the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,

(ii)  one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or

(iii)  three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada.

Additionally, the final dose must have been received at least 14 days ago.

For further guidance, please consult a health professional.

You can find your closest vaccination clinic, primary care clinic or pharmacy offering vaccines on the province’s central vaccine booking site., external link

The two closest vaccination clinics to campus are the Regent Park Community Health Centre COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, external link and Sherbourne Health COVID Vaccine Clinic, external link.

Yes, the policy applies to contractors and visitors.

For information on requirements for contractors, visit: Leaders update: Notifying contractors of vaccination requirements.

The university is continuing to develop procedures related to visitors accessing campus, and will provide more detailed information soon.

To protect the health and safety of community members on campus and to comply with the recommendations from public health authorities and requirements of the provincial government, Ryerson, like other post-secondary institutions in Ontario, requires individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination to access campus or in-person university activities off campus. Refusal to participate may impact one’s ability to access campus.

Proof of Vaccination

You may have received an email receipt confirming your vaccination status, which is considered proof of vaccination. Individuals who were vaccinated in Ontario can obtain their vaccination receipt through the Ontario government’s COVID-19 vaccination system., external link Individuals who were vaccinated outside of Ontario should submit equivalent documentation.

Currently, the policy and vaccination/testing requirements are specific to the 2021-2022 academic year, including the winter term. As the pandemic continues to unfold, Ryerson will review and update the policy to ensure it is responsive to public health and safety developments and conditions, legal developments, and the university’s activities and operations.

Please refer to the table entitled “Key Policy Dates” at the bottom of this page.

The purpose of Ryerson’s vaccination policy is to enhance health and safety and limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus. It is one of many health and safety measures the university has implemented, such as masking and health screening. All faculty, staff and students are required to provide proof of their vaccination status or receive an exemption.

You are only required to complete the proof of vaccine disclosure process once, via the RyersonSafe App,  unless your status changes. As a reminder, all community members, regardless of vaccination status, are required to complete Ryerson’s health screening process prior to accessing campus each time. 

The health screening has been updated to ask individuals to confirm they are vaccinated, and if not, to confirm they have submitted the required negative rapid antigen test results.

Ryerson University is committed to the protection of personal information. Only a limited number of people required to view your submission for the purposes of their role will have access to the information you submit. For faculty and staff, you will be required to forward a copy of your vaccination status email to your leader.

Information may be shared at an aggregated level for health and safety planning.

Data will be retained in the RyersonSafe app as long as the Vaccination Policy is in effect.

Yes. Submitting through RyersonSafe allows the university to track compliance with our policy.

Yes. Submitting through RyersonSafe allows the university to track compliance with our policy.

Ryerson University is committed to the protection of personal information. Only a limited number of people required to view your submission for the purposes of their role will have access to the information you submit. For faculty and staff, you will be required to forward a copy of your vaccination status email to your leader.

Information may be shared at an aggregated level for health and safety planning.

Yes, regardless of whether you have had COVID-19 or not, you must participate in this process. According to public health, it is recommended that individuals get vaccinated, even if you’ve already tested positive for COVID-19.

Generally speaking, individuals should not request to see one another’s badges or proof of vaccination. Ryerson has included a new question in the Health Screening that will ask an individual to either confirm vaccination status, or confirm that they have submitted negative rapid antigen test results in accordance with the vaccination policy. Any individual whose responsibility it is to screen and/or approve students participation in on-campus activity may ask to see the results of your health screening.

In order to access some specific activities or resources on campus, there may be instances where community members are required to provide additional information regarding their vaccination status or a negative test result. This may include, but is not limited to, accessing residence, athletics and recreation facilities, or other areas as designated by the University.

Faculty, staff and visitors are required to submit or show their completed proof of vaccination to their direct supervisor/leader/Ryerson contact for tracking and follow up purposes. While supervisors/leaders/Ryerson contacts should track completion of the process, they should not retain copies of vaccination status as all up-to-date data will be retained and stored in RyersonSafe while the vaccination policy is in effect.

Providing proof of vaccination status is a requirement in order to access campus. As such, refusal to participate may impact one’s ability to access campus.

Individuals who submit false proof of vaccination will have their future access to campus impacted.

Students are subject to the Code of Non-Academic Conduct, faculty and unionized staff are subject to university policies, collective agreements and Human Resources processes, non-unionized staff are subject to Human Resources processes, contractors are subject to contracts, and visitors are subject to the authority of the senior university administrator host.Health Screening and Rapid Antigen Testing.

Yes, all other health and safety protocols implemented by Ryerson continue to be required, regardless of vaccination status. This includes completing health screening via the RyersonSafe app or web prior to coming to campus and wearing a mask while indoors.

Individuals who submit false test results will have their future access to campus impacted. 

Students are subject to the Code of Non-Academic Conduct, faculty and unionized staff are subject to university policies, collective agreements and Human Resources processes, non-unionized staff are subject to Human Resources processes, contractors are subject to contracts, and visitors are subject to the authority of the senior university administrator host.

Please visit the Rapid Antigen Testing Program page to find out how to complete testing and submit your results.

General questions about COVID-19 vaccines

We understand that many of our community members might be nervous about the new COVID-19 vaccines and some might even be experiencing information overload.

All vaccines approved by Health Canada provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants. The available vaccines were approved after independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality. 

COVID-19 vaccines work by training our body’s immune system to recognize and fight the virus. The vaccine uses certain molecules or parts of the virus called antigens which trigger an immune response when they are introduced into the body through vaccination.

A mixed mRNA model – mixing Pfizer and Moderna for first and second doses – has been approved by both the federal and provincial governments. Toronto Public Health is encouraging people to get whichever vaccine is easiest or fastest for them to access. 

As of June 17, 2021, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, external link (NACI) recommends that an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine is now preferred as the second dose for people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. If you received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can choose to either receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for your second dose.

For the latest information on safely mixing vaccines, please visit the Toronto Public Health website, external link.

Key Policy Dates

Date

Policy step

Tues. Sept. 7, 2021

Effective date of the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Individuals accessing campus in the fall semester must be fully vaccinated or participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.

Wed. Sept. 8, 2021

Community members may begin to submit proof of vaccination via the RyersonSafe app to indicate:

  • I am fully vaccinated. This requires uploading proof of vaccination. Individuals receive a green badge with an “Approved” status upon completion.
  • I am not fully vaccinated. Individuals receive a red badge with a “Not Approved” status and are directed to enrol in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.
  • I intend to apply for an exemption. Individuals receive an orange badge with a “Not Complete” status and are directed to apply for an exemption.

Faculty and staff who submit their proof of vaccination are required to forward the RyersonSafe proof of completion to their direct supervisors.

Mon. Sept. 20, 2021

Individuals attending campus in the fall semester must have submitted their vaccine status in RyersonSafe, including proof if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals applying for an exemption must have submitted their request. Only individuals who are still working towards becoming fully vaccinated or those who have applied for an exemption will be eligible for the Rapid Antigen Testing Program to access campus.

Mon. Oct. 18, 2021

Individuals must be fully vaccinated in order to access campus or in-person activities, unless an exemption is granted by the university. Individuals who receive an exemption are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.

As of this date, individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have not been granted an exemption will no longer be allowed to access campus.

November 1, 2021

Deadline for all community members to submit their vaccination status or apply for an exemption.  

Questions?

Topic Contact

RyersonSafe technical support

support@apparmor.com

Submitting an exemption 

Students: vax.exemptions@ryerson.ca

Employees: Workplace Wellbeing Services at wws@ryerson.ca

Rapid Antigen Testing Program

ehs@ryerson.ca

General questions about Vaccination Policy and its implementation

Students: ServiceHub

Staff: Please connect with your leader

Faculty and Contract Lecturers: Please connect with your Dean (faculty) or Chair/Director (contract lecturers)

Leaders: Contact your human resources partner