UBC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Status Declaration and Rapid Testing

Faculty of Medicine FAQ


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  1. Do I need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration if I study, work or conduct research at one of the health authority or partner university sites?
  2. Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I study, work or conduct research at a health authority or partner university site?
  3. What is considered an off-campus facility controlled by UBC?
  4. I’m part of an administration team working at City Square – does the UBC COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?
  5. Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I will not be on campus this fall?
  6. I am Faculty of Medicine clinical faculty, does this apply to me?
  7. I am clinical faculty with an UBC administrative role, what am I expected to do?
  8. I am a resident doctor – what am I expected to do?
  9. I am a clinical fellow/clinical postgraduate trainee – what am I expected to do?
  10. Will there be exemptions from COVID-19 rapid testing?
  11. I am a student and can’t wear a mask for medical reasons. What do I need to do?
  12. What rules apply to the Medical Student Alumni Centre (MSAC)?
  13. What rules apply to clinical buildings located on UBC-V campus? For example, the University Hospital, Centre for Brain Health or Purdy.

1. Do I need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration if I study, work or conduct research at one of the health authority or partner university sites?

Yes. All UBC students, faculty and staff must complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

For further clarification, all UBC people – regardless of location – have to declare, but only have to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing if attending one of the main campuses. UNBC/UVic employees (whether staff or faculty) do not have to declare at UBC, and need to follow the instructions of their own institution.

 

2. Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I study, work or conduct research at a health authority or partner university site?

At this time, you will not have to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if you study, work or conduct research at an off-campus facility not controlled by UBC. However, you will need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

All UBC students, faculty and staff should continue to follow the rules of the health authority or partner university where they work or carry out activities.

 

3. What is considered an off-campus facility controlled by UBC?

For the purposes of the rapid testing program, there are no off-campus facilities controlled by UBC as all Faculty of Medicine spaces are located within either the health authority or partner university sites.

Therefore, while all UBC students, faculty and staff are still expected to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration, they are not subject to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing at this time. All should continue to follow the rules of the health authority or partner university where they study, work or carry out activities.

 

4. I’m part of an administration team working at City Square – does the UBC COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program apply to me?

City Square is considered an off-campus facility not controlled by UBC, therefore those attending that site are still required to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration but are not subject to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing at this time.

 

5. Will I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if I will not be on campus this fall?

At this time, you will not have to undergo COVID-19 rapid testing if you will not be on one of UBC’s campuses or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC. However, you still need to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.
All UBC students, faculty and staff should continue to follow the rules of the health authority or partner university where their activities take place.

 

6. I am Faculty of Medicine clinical faculty, does this apply to me?

Faculty of Medicine clinical faculty are not required to complete the UBC Vaccination Status Declaration or participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, and should continue to follow the rules of the health authority where they work and learn.

However, Clinical faculty who are going to attend UBC’s campuses (that is, UBCV or UBCO) or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC for any academic purposes will be required to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration, including participation in COVID-19 rapid testing – with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

7. I am clinical faculty with an UBC administrative role, what am I expected to do?

Clinical faculty who hold UBC administrative roles are expected to fill out the Vaccine Status Declaration, but are only required to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, if applicable, if attending UBCV, UBCO campuses or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC.

 

8. I am a resident doctor – what am I expected to do?

Residents doctors are not required to complete the UBC Vaccination Status Declaration or participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, and should continue to follow the rules of the health authority where they work and learn.

However, Residents who are going to attend UBC’s campuses (that is, UBCV or UBCO) or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC for any academic purposes will be required to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration, including participation in COVID-19 rapid testing – with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

9. I am a clinical fellow/clinical postgraduate trainee – what am I expected to do?

Clinical fellows and postgraduate trainees are not required to complete the UBC Vaccination Status Declaration or participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, and should continue to follow the rules of the health authority in which they work and train.

However, Clinical fellows and postgraduate trainees who are going to attend UBC’s campuses (that is, UBCV or UBCO) or an off-campus facility controlled by UBC for any academic purposes will be required to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration, including participation in COVID-19 rapid testing – with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

10. Will there be exemptions from COVID-19 rapid testing?

All students, faculty and staff working or studying on one of UBC’s campuses or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC are expected to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing, unless granted an exemption because they are fully vaccinated. An individual with a medical issue may request exemption from testing.

If so, faculty and staff can discuss these concerns with their direct supervisor who will follow established processes with human resources. Students can discuss any concerns with the UBC Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) or Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan).

 

11. I am a student and can’t wear a mask for medical reasons. What do I need to do?

Provincial Health Orders and UBC policy now mandate non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces on campus, including lobbies, hallways, elevators, classrooms, labs, residence halls, libraries and common areas.

Students who wish to request an exemption must do so based on one of the grounds for exemption detailed in the Provincial Health Officer’s Order on Public Face Covering and send their request to UBC Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) or Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) for review and approval. Please see UBC’s COVID Campus Rules for more information.

 

12. What rules apply to the Medical Student Alumni Centre (MSAC)?

Any discretionary, non-educational activities taking place at the MSAC, including use of the gym facilities, are subject to the BC Vaccine Card rules.

 

13. What rules apply to clinical buildings located on UBCV campus? For example, the University Hospital, Centre for Brain Health or Purdy.

All UBC learners, faculty and staff based at clinical buildings on UBCV campus are required to participate in COVID-19 testing as access to these facilities require being on campus.

The only exception is clinicians providing health-care services and patients accessing health care, as they are not carrying out UBC activities.


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