COVID-19 Rapid Testing | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | UNB

UNB COVID-19 rapid testing

All students, staff and faculty are required to complete mandatory, regular COVID-19 rapid testing. The purpose of the UNB COVID-19 testing policy is to provide enhanced protection against COVID-19.

  • At this time, we are only able to accommodate those who need testing to comply with the UNB Testing Policy. We are not able to provide one-off testing.
  • Submit your proof of vaccination through the UNBSafe app or online. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot accept proof of vaccination by email.
  • Effective Sept. 27, 2021, individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination or have not started the rapid testing program, will be considered in violation of the COVID testing policy and the non-compliance sanctions in section 10 of the policy will apply.

We encourage you to check this page regularly. We will update this page as more information becomes available. Refer to the frequently asked questions for more information. If you have further questions, contact covidhelp@unb.ca.

Rapid testing

  • Individuals who demonstrate proof of full vaccination are exempt from this policy.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students, staff and faculty engaging in on-campus activities and in-person classes will be required to complete rapid testing three times per week. You must receive a negative result before you can participate in any in-person activities on campus.
  • To help with the verification process, please upload proof of vaccination immediately. Individuals who do not show proof of vaccination, or choose not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to participate in the regular rapid testing program.
  • All positive rapid test results must be verified with a PCR test.

The UNB community can upload photo proof of vaccination, such as a COVID-19 vaccination record or a medical report demonstrating vaccinations, through the UNBSafe app. Students, faculty and staff must upload proof of vaccination immediately to be exempt from rapid testing. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot accept proof of vaccination by email.

  1. Download the UNBSafe app if you have not yet done so.
  2. Open the app and select Testing and Vaccination.
  3. Select Log in with UNB credentials.
  4. Input your UNB username and password.
  5. Follow the instructions to submit your vaccine information
    1. Confirm your phone number.
    2. Provide your vaccine details, type of vaccine and date of vaccination.
    3. Upload proof of vaccine documentation. Note: Please cover your Medicare number before submitting vaccination records.
    4. Submit the completed form.

Once you have provided proof of vaccination, you will receive a notice that your vaccine information has been received. Please allow up to five (5) business days for your record to be validated.

If you do not wish to submit your proof of vaccination electronically, select the option within the UNBSafe app to schedule an in-person proof of vaccination appointment.

If you are unable to access UNBSafe, you can submit your information online.


Those who do not show proof of full vaccination will be automatically placed in the testing program.

  • Tests are free and are required to be done three times per week.
  • Results of your test need to be submitted immediately following your test.
  • See the FAQ for more on the testing program. Details on where to pick up tests, how to take the test and where to submit your results will be sent to all students, faculty and staff who require testing.

Frequently asked questions

Effective Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, all faculty, staff and students who are engaging in on-campus activities and in-person classes are required to complete mandatory, regular COVID-19 rapid testing. Individuals who demonstrate proof of full vaccination are exempt from rapid testing.

For those individuals who are not in compliance with the testing requirements or who do not have a vaccination exemption, or for whom accommodation has not been granted, you will not be permitted on campus.


The vaccines that are currently approved by Health Canada are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

According to current guidance, if you have had an incomplete series (one dose) of a vaccine that has not been approved by Health Canada, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you receive one dose of a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer).

If you have had a complete series of a vaccine that has not been approved by Health Canada, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you receive one dose of a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine.

Appointments are available at all vaccination clinics. See the question, Where do I get vaccinated? for more information.


An individual is fully vaccinated when they have received two (2) doses (or one dose, in the case of the Janssen vaccine) of a vaccine approved by Health Canada and fourteen (14) days have passed since the date that the individual received their final dose of the approved vaccine.

The vaccines that are currently approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

UNB Fredericton: Our Fredericton campus offers vaccination clinics for first and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. See the dates and times of the UNB Fredericton campus vaccination clinics.

UNB Saint John: We are working with local pharmacies to offer vaccination clinics on a larger scale to our Saint John community. Until this is in place, you can book your vaccination appointment through Horizon or Vitalité clinics, or participating pharmacies.

New Brunswick Public Health offers vaccination clinics for anyone needing their first or second dose.


Restrictions vary depending on country of residency, whether you are partially or fully vaccinated and whether you received a Health Canada-approved vaccination.

The rules regarding isolation and quarantine requirements when entering Canada continue to evolve. For the most current information on isolation and quarantine requirements, refer to the Government of Canada.


For those who are not vaccinated, those with one dose of a two-dose vaccine, and those who would prefer not to disclose their vaccine status, you will need to complete regular rapid screening tests and receive a negative result before you participate in any in-person activities or in-person classes on campus.


Unvaccinated individuals will be required to participate in regular rapid COVID testing to participate in in-person classes and on-campus activities.

Effective Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, all faculty, staff and students who are engaging in on-campus activities and in-person classes are required to complete mandatory, regular COVID-19 rapid testing. Individuals who demonstrate proof of full vaccination are exempt from rapid testing.

For those individuals who are not in compliance with the testing requirements or who do not have a vaccination exemption, or for whom accommodation has not been granted, you will not be permitted on campus.


No. If you choose to not disclose your vaccination status, you will be considered unvaccinated and you will be required to participate in the regular testing program.


The UNB community can upload proof of vaccination, such as a COVID-19 vaccination record or a medical report demonstrating vaccinations, through the UNBSafe app or UNBSafe online. Once you have provided proof of vaccination, only essential personal information and vaccination status will be retained.

If you cannot upload your proof of vaccination, you can request an appointment for an in-person verification.

If you are unable to access UNBSafe, you can submit your information online.

Important: Due to privacy concerns, we cannot accept proof of vaccination by email.

If you have already received two doses (or one dose in the case of the Janssen vaccine) of a Canadian approved vaccine, then you are considered fully vaccinated and do not need to upload proof of a third or booster dose at this time.

If you have received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not approved by Health Canada, and you have received an additional dose of an approved mRNA vaccine, then you must upload proof of all doses as proof of full vaccination.


Starting in September, we implemented the COVID testing program and participants in the testing program have begun submitting testing results.

If you have not provided proof of vaccination or have not started the rapid testing program, you will be considered in violation of the COVID testing policy and the non-compliance sanctions in section 10 of the policy will apply.


Individuals who demonstrate proof of final vaccination dose as per the Canada Health guidelines are exempt from regular rapid testing.


You will be required to self-administer rapid tests three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Testing supports will be put in place on both campuses and on our Moncton site. If you require assistance, email covidhelp@unb.ca.


All rapid tests are self-administered in your home or at a location of your choice.


The testing will be free to the UNB community.


Currently, UNB is focusing our resources on those who are those who are not fully vaccinated or not exempt from the testing program.

New Brunswick Public Health is offering free rapid COVID-19 test for people who are not COVID-19 positive, not isolating, not enrolled in a testing program or not showing any symptoms. A full list of pick-up locations is available from both Vitalité and Horizon. Learn more about New Brunswick Public Health’s rapid test kits program.


Anyone who has not received an email approving your exemption from the testing program must book an appointment to pick up a testing kit. Kits are the size of a shoebox and contain 25 rapid tests that you will self-administer three times per work week. Once you have booked your appointment to pick up a testing kit, you will receive an email with more information including the location for pick up.


New Brunswick Public Heath has confirmed that Health Canada extended the expiry date of tests by an additional 12 months.

Example: If you received a test kit that expires on Oct. 4, 2021, add another year to the product expiry date. The test kit will expire on Oct. 4, 2022.


You will be able to read your test results on the white test cartridge 15 minutes after you complete the test. You are required to take a photo of the test result, initialed and dated by you, and upload the photo to the UNBSafe app immediately after you receive the test result.

If you are unable to access UNBSafe, you can submit your information online. Contact covidhelp@unb.ca if you experience any difficulty submitting your information.

A rapid test only provides a result at the specific time that you take the test. A negative result does not guarantee that you are not infected, nor does it predict whether you will or will not become infected in the future. This is why regular rapid testing is required in order for unvaccinated people to be on campus.


If you receive a positive result from rapid testing, you must not come to campus and you must register and schedule an additional PCR test with the provincial testing assessment centre.

If a positive PCR test is confirmed, you will need to isolate and follow New Brunswick Public Health directives. You cannot participate in on campus activities or in-person classes until you show proof of a negative test result. See How do I provide proof of vaccination? for more information.

If you live in residence, you will need to follow the Residence Self-Isolation Policy. Contact Residence Services for further direction.

  • UNB Fredericton Residence: Email resadmin@unb.ca or call (506) 453-4800
  • UNB Saint John Residence: Email res@unb.ca or call (506) 648-5755

Your test results and other personal health information are confidential. Only you and the individuals required to be informed as part of the screening program will have access to your information and your results.


You are required to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces inside UNB buildings regardless of your vaccination status. See UNB face mask guidelines for more information.


Store your testing kit at room temperature in dry conditions.