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Revisions to Niagara University's Vaccination Policy for the Vaughan Campus

EFFECTIVE AS OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021

Dear Students

Late last week, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, on advice of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) for the Province of Ontario issued a memorandum that requires all post-secondary institutions in Ontario to have a mandatory vaccination policy effective September 7th.  Additional information on the requirements of the mandatory vaccination policy was provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities over the weekend.  Niagara University Ontario has reviewed its mandatory vaccination policy which was announced on August 6th to comply with this new provincial directive.

Below, please find the revised requirements to Niagara University’s vaccination policy for all staff, faculty, contractors, volunteers, and students, attending the Vaughan Campus effective September 7th:

In order to come on to the Vaughan Campus, staff, faculty, and students are required to be double vaccinated with the second vaccination received on or before August 24th 2021;

Faculty, staff and students are required to upload their vaccination information to the Medicat system before they will be permitted on the Vaughan Campus.

Individuals, who will be attending classes offered at the Vaughan Campus and have received their first vaccination, but are awaiting their second vaccination, will now be required to have two rapid antigen COVID-19 tests per week until such a time as they are considered fully vaccinated in accordance with the definition as provided by the OCMOH i.e., 14 days after receiving the second vaccination.  These individuals must show that they have received a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before coming to campus.

Any unvaccinated staff or students are not permitted to come to the Vaughan Campus unless they have been granted an exemption by Niagara University and perform two rapid antigen COVID-19 tests per week. Any individual who has been granted an exemption must show that they have received a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before coming to campus.

Rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits will be available at the Vaughn Campus beginning Monday, September 20, 2021.  Arrangements to pick up test kits can be done by emailing Graduate Ontario graduateontario@niagara.edu.  

Respectfully,

 

Vince Rinaldo, MBA, PhD

Vice President, Ontario Administration

Niagara University (Vaughan Office)

2904 Hwy 7 West, Unit 113

Vaughan Ontario, L4K 0K4

Phone: (905) 294-7260 ext. 1101

A Message from the President August 6, 2021

Dear members of the Niagara University community,

As we prepare for the fall semester and the return to our fully engaging living-learning environment, we continue to follow the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the growth of the Delta variant, as well as its potential impact to public health on campus and in the region.

Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as data from local health officials, we know that the current rise in cases and the spread of the virus is primarily driven by those individuals who have not yet been vaccinated.  For that reason, Niagara University is requiring that all members of our campus community—faculty, staff, students, and year-round vendors—be fully vaccinated against the COVID virus for the fall semester. This decision is in the interest of public health, and it is in alignment with our Vincentian mission and our colleagues at St. John’s University and DePaul University.

Understanding the vaccination programs and the two-shot protocols for a number of the vaccines, the university will implement the following timeline for vaccine completion for the entire community.

  • Individuals opting for the two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) must receive the first shot of that series by Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
  • All individuals must receive the one-dose vaccine or the second dose of the two-dose vaccine by Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. 

In partnership with the Niagara County Department of Health, the university will hold a two-day vaccine clinic Sept. 1-2 for all employees and students attending the Lewiston campus.  For students in Ontario, please visit COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario for vaccine availability in your area. We will post more information regarding registration for the clinic in the very near future.

The vaccine protocol, including information regarding noncompliance and exemptions, can be found on this page. In addition, the website also includes a section of frequently asked questions for your review. 

Based on data we have collected, we believe the vast majority of our students, faculty, and staff are currently vaccinated, and we want to thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our community. By requiring the vaccination, we will further ensure the health and safety of our campus and the return to the engaging, in-person learning environment our students have come to expect.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccine requirement, please email View the Directory and we will provide a response and update the FAQ portion of the website as appropriate. 

With every good wish,

James J. Maher, C.M.
President

 

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