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June 28, 2021: UBC Bulletin: Supporting our return to campus. Read this announcement in full.

June 28, 2021: UBC Bulletin: Supporting our return to campus. Read this announcement in full.

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus? Visit the Campus Return section to learn about the measures UBC is taking to ensure buildings are cleaned and ventilated, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus? Visit the Campus Return section to learn about the measures UBC is taking toensure buildings are cleaned and ventilated, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.

June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.

What is UBC doing to ensure safe building ventilation, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure safe building ventilation, as we return to campus? UBC has established a COVID-19 HVAC working group to review and consider implementation of technical recommendations to enhance building ventilation systems (HVAC stands for heating, ventilation & air conditioning). Learn more about UBC Vancouver’s Building Ventilation & Safety Efforts and UBC Okanagan’s Building readiness guidelines.

June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.

June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.

Where can I find information about BC’s provincial vaccination program?

Where can I find information about BC’s provincial vaccination program? You can learn more about BC’s provincial vaccination program at https://immunizebc.ca/. 

Who can get vaccinated in Canada?

Who can get vaccinated in Canada? All people in BC, including international students, can be vaccinated for free, regardless of length of stay or status, even if they will be here for only one dose (first or second). If a person has received a first dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen, while outside BC and then […]

Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada?

Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada? Yes, international students who haven’t been vaccinated upon arrival will also have access to the BC immunization program.

Are vaccines mandatory for students, faculty or staff to be on campus?

Are vaccines mandatory for students, faculty or staff to be on campus? No. However, UBC requires regular COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff when working or studying on one of UBC’s campuses or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC. Exemptions will be provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. […]

What is UBC’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program?

What is UBC’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program? UBC requires COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As the first step of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program, all students, faculty and staff are required to complete an online, confidential declaration of their vaccination […]

Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated?

Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated? Yes. The BC Provincial Health Officer has provided guidance that UBC should be confident that a return to on-campus instruction can be undertaken safely and successfully. The university offered some in-person teaching throughout the 2020/21 academic year and we have strong protocols to ensure […]

What do we know about the efficacy of current vaccines to protect against the different COVID-19 variants?

What do we know about the efficacy of current vaccines to protect against the different COVID-19 variants? According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, the vaccines offered in BC are expected to protect people against the different COVID-19 variants circulating in BC, including the variants of concern. Getting vaccinated also decreases the risk of […]

June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about the BC government’s introduction of paid sick leave for COVID-19.

June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about COVID-19 paid sick leave.

I’ve heard that the BC Government has introduced a provision that allows employees to take paid sick leave for COVID-19. What does this mean?

I’ve heard that the BC government has introduced a provision that allows employees to take paid sick leave for COVID-19. What does this mean? If you are an employee, you may be eligible to take three days of COVID-19 paid sick leave in line with the BC government’s amendment to the Employment Standards Act in May […]

Will it be safe to return to campus if many students, faculty and staff only have one dose of a vaccine?

Will it be safe to return to campus if many students, faculty and staff only have one dose of a vaccine? We recognize that some students, faculty or staff may return to campus after only having one dose, or may be unable to get their second dose due to medical complications from their first dose. […]

What is the BC Vaccine Card?

What is the BC Vaccine Card? The BC provincial government has announced the introduction of the BC Vaccine Card by a new order from the provincial health officer, effective September 13, 2021. The order will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access a range of activities, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining […]

Will I be required to have the BC Vaccine Card to take part in activities on campus?

Will I be required to have the BC Vaccine Card to take part in activities on campus? The BC Vaccine Card will apply to post-secondary campuses. It will require proof of vaccination for the activities listed above, as well as participating in activities such as varsity and intramural sports and student clubs.

Will I need the BC Vaccine Card if I am in student housing?

Will I need the BC Vaccine Card if I am in student housing? Student housing will be part of the public health order. The requirement for proof of vaccination in student housing will come into effect on September 7, 2021. Further guidance will be developed in consultation with public health, including which types of student […]

Is UBC holding in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?

Is UBC holding in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session? Yes. UBC is conducting in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our first priority. For those returning to in-person teaching and learning, research, or working on campus, we want to help you resume activity in a […]

June 8, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person graduation for the Class of 2021 updated for students, faculty and staff.

June 8, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person graduation for the Class of 2021 updated for students, faculty and staff.

June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.

June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.