U of T’s vaccine requirement
Vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19 and is a critical component of the University of Toronto’s strategy to support a safe return to campus.
The University of Toronto requires all those intending to be present on our three campuses, or on premises owned or operated by the university, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination via UCheck, in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Proof of vaccination can be a photograph of a paper vaccination receipt or an electronic receipt that you received by email. Those vaccinated in Ontario can generate and download their vaccine receipts here.
You are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the recommended number of doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine. If you received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine, you will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving a Health Canada-approved mRNA vaccine. All members of the community must have received their first dose by Sept. 13 and their final dose by Oct. 15 to qualify as fully vaccinated by Oct. 29, 2021.
Individuals seeking a permitted exemption for medical reasons or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to make a request through the University’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow). Forms are now available and completed requests can be uploaded for review. Students who have already applied for an exemption (i.e., living in residence) will continue that process.
Those who have not received at least one vaccine dose or who have not been granted an exemption by the University for medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code cannot come to any University campuses or premises. More information on U of T’s approach to vaccines is available on UTogether’s frequently asked questions page.
Those who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., partially vaccinated or not yet 14 days past their second or final shot) or have received a University-approved exemption must participate in the University’s rapid screening program and provide proof of a negative result before visiting campus, and may be subject to additional safety measures.
- Find more information on U of T’s rapid screening program.
- Please refer to the guideline for additional details (PDF).
Plans are underway for pop-up clinics as students return to our three campuses. As details become available, they will be provided on this page.
Those who cannot book an appointment online because they do not have an Ontario Health Card can access the clinic on a walk-in basis (see below).
- Clinics operated by Toronto Public Health are accepting walk-ins (no appointment required), including for individuals who received vaccinations abroad and require an additional dose to be fully immunized.
TPH clinics are open Tuesday through to Saturday from 1–7 p.m.
Clinics are located throughout the City of Toronto. For a full list please visit the TPH website: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-to-get-vaccinated/?accordion=city-immunization-clinics
Please be sure to request and keep a receipt.
St. George campus
The GO-VAXX bus, a mobile clinic launched by Metrolinx in partnership with the province, will be on the St. George campus at Willcocks Street and St. George Street (near Sidney Smith Building), from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the following days:
Thursday, October 14
UTSC has partnered with the Scarborough Health Network to run a pop-up vaccine clinic at the Highland Hall events centre on a first come first serve basis.
To see dates and times for the UTSC pop-up and learn about other pop-ups in the Scarborough area, visit the SHN website.
Members of the Mississauga campus community can learn about local vaccine clinics and their walk-in hours through Peel Public Health’s website.
Appointments for these regional clinics can be made through the provincial booking system.
UTM expects to offer on-campus vaccinations for its students, coinciding with the start of courses.
Students seeking their first or second vaccination can schedule a virtual or phone consultation with the UTM Health & Counselling Centre medical staff through (905) 828-5255 or email@example.com
Information about vaccinations
The University is actively supporting initiatives such as This Is Our Shot to encourage Canadians to get vaccinated. U of T has also supported the province’s vaccination efforts by supplying space and volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine clinics on its three campuses, in partnership with local hospitals.
What being vaccinated against COVID-19 means for you
Vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19 and is a key element of the University of Toronto’s strategy to support a safe return to campus. The links below offer comprehensive information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine safety and the benefits of being vaccinated.
This Is Our Shot
Women’s College Hospital
Government of Ontario
Government of Canada
Nervous about getting needles?
- In Canada, around one in four adults report they are afraid of needles, and about one in 10 report that concerns about needle pain influence their decision to get vaccinated.
Use the CARD system to have a more positive vaccination experience.