COVID-19 vaccination and testing update

August 27, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, UNB has taken a principles-based approach when responding to the changing epidemiology of the virus in our province. We are committed to providing access to post-secondary education in a flexible and adaptable manner, while holding the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority.

Beginning Sept. 8, 2021, UNB will require mandatory, regular COVID-19 testing for all students, staff and faculty engaging in in-person classes and on-campus activities. Testing will be required every three days and testing supports will be put in place on both campuses and on our Moncton site. More details about the testing process, how to access the testing centres and how the policy applies to contractors, tenants and guests will be communicated to the university community soon. Tests will be provided at no cost.

Individuals who demonstrate proof of full vaccination are exempt from the testing requirement. Full vaccination is acquired 14 days after a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD). The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) has also been approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and provides full vaccination 14 days after a single dose.

Members of our UNB community will be able to upload proof of vaccination, such as a COVID-19 vaccination record or a medical report demonstrating vaccinations, through the UNBSafe app. Once you have provided proof of vaccination, only essential personal information and vaccination status will be retained. More information about how to upload your proof of vaccination will be communicated soon. You are encouraged to download the UNBSafe app now if you have not done so already.

Requests for accommodations for those who are unable to participate in mandatory regular testing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Those applying for accommodation for medical reasons will be required to provide a note from their primary health care provider. Accommodations on other grounds will require a written statement from the individual making the request.

Vaccinations are the most effective way to keep ourselves and our community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Fully vaccinated individuals carry a lower risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others. We encourage all members of our community to take this step and help ensure a safe and healthy fall for our campuses, our communities and our province.

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