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.
This requirement is based on the recommendation of the Ontario Medical Officers of Health that Ontario universities and colleges require all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is also supported by the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and provincial regulations and remains in place for the winter term.
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.
At this time, 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 third vaccine to complete the primary vaccination requirements. The University will continue to monitor Ministry of Health and Public Health Agency of Canada guidance on additional doses.
If you have received vaccines out-of-province, please contact your public health office to register your vaccines to obtain your “enhanced vaccination certificate” (with a QR code) from the Government of Ontario (commonly called the “Ontario vaccine passport”).
For those living in Toronto, to register your vaccinations from outside of Canada, use the Toronto Public Health portal. For those living in Peel, visit this website to obtain information on how to register your vaccines.
Please note that the vaccine requirement for entry into Canada is different than what is considered fully vaccinated for those staying in Canada to work or study and under the University’s vaccine guideline. The University is following guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Children under 12 taking part in activities on campus are not subject to the vaccine requirement at this time. The University will continue to monitor vaccination rollout for children aged 5-11 in the coming months.
Individuals seeking a permitted exemption for medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code can make a request through the University’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow). Forms are available and completed requests can be uploaded for review. Please note that the deadline to submit a request for a religious/creed exemption for the winter term has now passed.
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 with 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.
On the St. George campus
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available through Discovery Pharmacy for members of the U of T community, including those who may not have an Ontario Health card. Appointment times are opened up based on vaccine supply. Book your appointment here.
Where: Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, 144 College St., Room 332.
The UHN Clinic at the University of Toronto Exam Centre has re-opened for appointments only. Appointments for this site are available through the provincial booking system. New appointments are added regularly at this site.
Toronto Public Health vaccine clinics are located throughout the City of Toronto. Pop-up clinic options are currently very limited and individuals are advised to use City Immunization Clinics or Hospital Immunization Clinics. Health cards are not required (but bring some form of identification). Please be sure to request and keep a receipt.
- Worried about getting vaccinated? Feelings of fear or anxiety about vaccinations are very common, affecting an estimated 25 per cent of adults. The CAMH Vaccination Clinic on Queen Street West is open by appointment and provides a calm, judgement-free space to support people with vaccination anxiety, as well as those with mental illness, substance use disorders, dementia and other neurodiversity. Consult the web site for more information.
- SHN offers a number of clinics around Scarborough. Visit the SHN website to find a clinic near you.
On the Mississauga campus
- The UTM community is currently being served off -campus by Peel Public Health clinics (see below).
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
- About COVID-19 vaccines
- Vaccine health & safety
- Before your vaccination
- During your vaccination
- After your vaccination
Women’s College Hospital
- COVID-19 vaccine information in 16 languages
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives and knowledge sharing on COVID-19 vaccines
Government of Ontario
- COVID-19 vaccine safety
- COVID-19 vaccine information sheet
- Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
- COVID-19 vaccine video Q&A with Ontario’s medical [rofessionals
Government of Canada
- What being vaccinated against COVID-19 means for me
- Ask the experts video series: COVID-19 vaccines questions
- The facts about COVID-19 vaccines
- What to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination
- COVID-19: Vaccine safety and side effects
- Approved COVID-19 vaccines
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.