COVID Vaccination Policy

COVID Policies COVID Vaccination Policy Issued September 7 2021 Updated January 17 2022
Background:

PSE institutions were required to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies pursuant to instructions issued by the OCMOH. Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies were in place by September 7, 2021.

PSE institutions must require employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, clients, and students who attend campus to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. For those who were vaccinated in Ontario, they must provide the physical (hard copy or phone app version) 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.

PSE Institutions may no longer accept attestations of full vaccination against COVID-19. PSE institutions must continue to ensure all international students have the necessary information on vaccination requirements prior to arriving in Canada and have the supports, services, and resources upon arrival in Ontario.

PSE institutions must also remind international students to meet all federal requirements prior to or upon arriving in Canada.

Exemptions
Medical Reasons

As outlined in the OCMOH’s Instructions, individuals without proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 can provide written proof of a medical reason, provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out:
• a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
• the effective time period for the medical reason.
Individuals with a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated and who have provided proof of a medical reason, are allowed on campus but are required to submit to regular antigen point of care 2 testing for COVID-19 and to provide verification of the negative test result in a manner determined by the PSE institution, and at intervals to be determined by the PSE institution. Intervals must be at a minimum of once every seven days. Institutions can access necessary testing through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP).


Non-Medical Reasons


For students registered in the Academy prior to January 1, 2022.


As part of their vaccination policies, PSE institutions may choose to allow individuals who do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to come onto campus if they provide proof of having completed an educational session, approved by the PSE institution, about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination prior to declining vaccination for any reason other than a medical reason.

COVID-19 education sessions, at a minimum, must address:
• • how COVID-19 vaccines work;
• • vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines;
• • the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19;
• • risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and
• • possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.


The option for an individual to provide proof of completing an educational session approved by the institution is no longer available under the Academy’s policy. An online educational session remains available to the employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students. The OCMOH’s instructions also require individuals who do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19:
• • To submit to regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 and at an interval to be determined by PSE institutions (must be at a minimum of once every seven days); and
• • To provide verification of a negative test result in the manner determined by the PSE institution that enables it to confirm the result at its discretion.

Policy


The policy initiated on September 7th, 2021 is affirmed, that all staff, instructors, clinical supervisors, and students who attend any on-campus classes or clinics will be required to provide:
o Proof of full vaccination
• Or
o Written medical exemption +
o Weekly negative rapid test result or proof of negative PCR test result from past 10 days
o (after 10 days will need antigen testing)
• Or
o Vaccination education session +
Weekly negative rapid test result or proof of negative PCR test result from past 10 days
(after 10 days will need antigen testing).
Also in effect January 17, 2022, is the fact that all new student applicants and employees to the
Academy must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.


Proof of full vaccination


● Proof means documentation verifying receipt of a vaccination series approved by Health
Canada, Ontario Health or the World Health Organization. Examples include:
○ Print out of the official record of at least the second vaccination dose.
○ Confirmation of official status by provincial or federal authority such as a digital app.
Weekly negative rapid test result
● For students attending in-person classes or clinics who have either a medical exemption
or opt to not get vaccinated and complete the vaccination education, they will need to
provide a weekly negative test result.
● Rapid tests are provided free of charge at the school.
● The weekly requirement will be recorded in a separate record from the status.
Record Keeping
Vaccination status and medical exemptions are confidential health information. As such, this information needs to be in compliance with PHIPA. This information may be placed in a file specific to the vaccination process.


Vaccination Status Record:


Name – Date of 2nd dose – Medical Exemption(Y/N) -Education of Weekly Testing?
Staff Signature, date


Rapid Testing Record


Name – Date of test -Type of test (Rapid/PCR) – Result (N/P) -Staff signature, date


Reporting of aggregate data:


IAAH must collect, maintain and disclose non-identifiable aggregate data reported
on a weekly basis…Thursday to Wednesday. It is reported on PARIS by Friday at
5:00pm.
The method of reporting includes:
● Total number of fully vaccinated staff and faculty
● Total number of staff and faculty subject to OCMOH Health policy
● Total number of fully vaccinated students both domestic and International
● Total number of students and staff with a medical exemption + testing
requirement
● Total number of students and staff undergoing education + testing
requirement.
● Total number of students domestic and international subject to OCMOH
Health policy

Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have a personal or religious reason for not getting the vaccine?

If you are an existing student, the option in these situations is to complete the vaccination education and weekly rapid tests.
If you are a new student, you are required to be vaccinated in order to attend the Academy.

What happens if my rapid test is positive?

You cannot attend in-person classes or clinics if your rapid test is positive.
You are to return home and self-isolate for 5 days.
After 5 days if you have no symptoms, you may return to the Academy and complete a rapid test. If it is negative, you will be admitted to the Academy.

What type of training do I need to take?

The series of videos prepared by Ontario Health can be found at the following link:
Vaccinations – Making an Informed Decision:

 
I am a new student who is vaccinated. Is there any other health-related requirement before I attend the Academy in a physical capacity?

Yes. All students and employees must complete the online IPAC Core Competencies which are
basic skills and knowledge all Ontario health care workers need to have.
Course duration: 10-15 minutes per module

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Core Competencies modules:

o IPAC Core Competencies: Additional Precautions
o IPAC Core Competencies: Administrative Controls
o IPAC Core Competencies: Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment
o IPAC Core Competencies: Control of the Environment
o IPAC Core Competencies: Health Care Provider Controls
o IPAC Core Competencies: Occupational Health and Safety
o IPAC Core Competencies: Personal Risk Assessment (select all modules appropriate to your practice setting)

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Most common symptoms:
  • fever
  • cough
  • tiredness
  • loss of taste or smell
Less common symptoms:
  • sore throat 
  • headache
  • aches and pains
  • diarrhea
  • a rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • red or irritated eyes
Serious symptoms:
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • loss of speech or mobility, or confusion
  • chest pain

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.