COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Effective September 7, 2021

Policy Statement

Vaccination is the most effective approach for people to protect themselves against COVID-19, and it is a vital part of the Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology’s plan to help students return to campus safely.

Public health guidance on measures for fully vaccinated [1], partially vaccinated [2], and unvaccinated individuals may continue to evolve and could affect this policy.

This fall, TIPT is requiring all those intending to be present on our campus, or on premises owned or operated by the TIPT, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Accepted Vaccines

TIPT will accept the COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO).

COVID-19 Vaccination Grace Period

All members of the community must have received their first dose by September 14, 2021 and be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021.

Vaccination grace periods will not be extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.

Individuals who have been vaccinated with a vaccine other than those approved by Health Canada and/or the WHO will not be allowed on campus until 14 days after either having received their approved single-dose vaccine or the first dose of an approved double-dose vaccine.

TIPT will not admit anyone who has not received at least one dose of approved vaccine or who has not been granted an exemption by TIPT for medical reasons or other reasons protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Those who are still awaiting their second dose or have received a TIPT-approved exemption must participate in TIPT’s rapid screening program and provide proof of a negative result before visiting campus, and may be subject to additional safety measures. According to the TIPT’s rapid screening program, mandatory testing of required individuals shall be done at least once a week.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

Individuals coming on campus will be required to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine or of having received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine. The physical or email COVID-19 vaccination receipt is the preferred method of demonstrating proof of vaccination.

For those who were vaccinated in Ontario, they were provided the physical (hard copy) and email version of the receipt from the Ministry of Health with the individual’s name, date of vaccination and product name (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, etc.) at the time of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination receipts can also be downloaded or printed through the COVID-19 vaccination provincial portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. This version of the COVID-19 vaccine receipt contains a watermark and a digital signature to deter forgery.

Personal health information, including any proofs of vaccination, collected by TIPT will be stored in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Individuals’ private health information will not be disclosed alongside any other identifying data.

Individuals who provide false documents related to being vaccinated may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion for students, termination for employees, voiding of contracts for clients and contractors and removal/restriction from campus for visitors and/or any other attendees; such individuals could also be at risk of criminal liability.

Exemptions

TIPT will consider on an individual basis requests from students and employees for exemption on medical grounds and/or because of their creed/religion.

To continue to protect the health and safety of the campus community, at the sole discretion of TIPT, students or employees with an approved exemption to being vaccinated may be accommodated through measures other than being granted access to campus.

Exemptions will not be extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.

All the students and employees with no proof of vaccination will have to attend an educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination prior to declining vaccination for any reason other than a medical reason.

 

[1] For the purpose of this document, “fully vaccinated” means having received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO; and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.[2] For the purpose of this document, “partially vaccinated” means having received at least one dose of the full series of approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.