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UNB COVID-19 rapid testing

Important: Submit your proof of vaccination through the UNBSafe app or online. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot accept proof of vaccination by email.

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of the UNB community by working to limit the spread of the virus. 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 for members of the university community while you are engaging in activities on UNB campuses and sites.

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

All staff, students and faculty will be required to undergo regular rapid testing or be exempt from testing if they are fully vaccinated to participate in in-person classes and on-campus activities.


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.


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. Once you have provided proof of vaccination, only essential personal information and vaccination status will be retained.

If you prefer to show proof of vaccination in person to a designated individual, select the ‘in-person’ option on the UNBSafe app. Once you have submitted a request for an in-person submission, someone will reach out to you to schedule an appointment time.

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.

Beginning the week of Sept. 13-17, UNB will implement mandatory, regular rapid testing for all students, staff and faculty who are engaging in on-campus activities and in-person classes who have not shown proof of full vaccination.

Those who are required to participate in the testing program will receive details about the process via their UNB email account. It is important for those who are unvaccinated to monitor their UNB email account regularly. Those who do not respond to communication sent by the university regarding testing will not be able to come to campus.


Individuals who demonstrate proof of final vaccination dose are exempt from regular rapid testing.


Rapid testing will be required three times per week. Testing supports will be put in place on both campuses and on our Moncton site. View the video to learn more about COVID testing.


All rapid tests will be completed by you at home, in your office, in your residence room or at a location of your choice. You will be given instructions as to where to pick up your test kits and receive instructions as to how to administer the tests. You will be required to sign a document confirming that you understand the expectations and the testing process.


The testing will be free to the UNB community.


If you are enrolled in the testing program, 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.


You will complete the test and receive your test results 15-20 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.