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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Date: Effective September 7, 2021

ADLER SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Policy

This policy is compliant with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework (August 31, 2021)

Please Note:

This policy was created to meet the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities on September 7, 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the public health situation in Ontario, this policy will continue to be updated following guidance from the provincial government. Updates will be posted here, and announced through the All School Announcement Forum. Please check the policy for updates if you are planning to come to the school in person.

Scope and Purpose

  1. To protect the health and safety of the ADLER community, ADLER Graduate Professional School (ADLER) is requiring that individuals be vaccinated as a condition to come on school premises.
  2. All in-person activity on the school premises, and this policy, will continue to be subject to federal, provincial and local public health regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Public health guidance on measures for fully-vaccinated, partially-vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may continue to evolve and could affect this policy.

Actions for employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students

All Required Individuals (employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students) entering the physical premises of the school on or after September 7, 2021 will be required to have submitted one of the following to the Registrar (students, visitors) or Human Resources (staff, faculty, vendors):

  • Proof they are fully vaccinated (see below)
  • Proof of a valid medical exemption (see below for requirements and restrictions)

Before October 29th, 2021, ADLER will accept written attestation that you are fully vaccinated. See here for an attestation form.

A previous confirmed COVID-19 infection does not remove the requirement to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated. 

Each time an individual enters  the school premises, they will also be required 

  • to complete the Province of Ontario Covid-19 Assessment Tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) within 24 hours before they arrive at the school, 
  • attest to the school that they have completed the assessment, and are not required to isolate, in writing, at the school. 

Individuals who choose not to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, or proof of a valid medical exemption will not be allowed to enter the premises of the school. We invite any individual who makes this choice to register for and participate in the COVID-19 Educational Series provided by The Family and Community Medicine department at the University of Toronto (https://www.dfcm.utoronto.ca/covid19-vaccination-modules). It is free to access. 

Visitors to the School

Individuals or attendees at the school who are not staff, faculty, students, contractors, or employees, must arrange ahead of time with Student Services to comply with this policy, and will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a medical exemption (and negative rapid antigen test results if they are providing a medical exemption). 

Confidentiality of Information

ADLER is required to report non-identifying information to the Province of Ontario on the numbers of individuals who have visited the premises and who have provided either proof of vaccination, or proof of valid medical exemptions. 

We are currently awaiting information from the Province of Ontario about whether the school will be required to permanently store documentation related to this policy, but at the current time, documentation provided to the school is protected under the same confidentiality and security requirements as other student and employee information, as required by Ontario law. 

Definitions

Required Individuals

All employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students

Accepted Vaccine

ADLER accepts COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization(WHO).

School premises

ADLER owned or leased grounds, buildings, instructional spaces, and office spaces. 

Student

An individual or company that comes on school premises to access educational services provided by ADLER. 

Contractor

An individual or company that provides services, materials and/or labour on campus

Fully vaccinated

Having received the full series of a COVID19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

Other attendees

Any individual who attends the school premises after September 7, 2021 and is not a Required Individual.

Proof of Vaccination

For those who were vaccinated in Ontario

  • Individuals were provided the physical (hard copy) and email version of the receipt 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.
  • ADLER will also accept written attestations of full vaccination against COVID-19 until October 29, 2021 (see form here)
  • Should other Provincial documentation regarding COVID-19 vaccination become available, this policy will be updated to reflect other acceptable documentation forms. 

For individuals who were not vaccinated in Ontario, you must follow Federal guidelines for documentation of your vaccination status (see below)

Exemptions

Medical Grounds

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 valid medical exemption must follow the provisions below under "Provisions for Unvaccinated Members of the ADLER Community" below.

Religion/Creed

The law in Ontario requires that ADLER provide exemptions based on valid medical criteria. ADLER will consider individual applications for exemptions based on the Human Rights Code

Please note that with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) position is that a singular belief or personal preference against vaccinations or masks does not appear to be protected on the ground of creed under the Code.

COVID-19 and Ontario’s Human Rights Code – Questions and Answers, http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/covid-19-and-ontario%E2%80%99s-human-rights-code-%E2%80%93-questions-and-answers

Provisions for Unvaccinated Members of the ADLER Community

Individuals who do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons will be required:

  • To submit to regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 at a minimum of once every seven days); and 
  • To provide verification of a negative test result in a manner that allows ADLER to verify the results

The school will be making rapid antigen tests available through the school. Please contact the school to arrange testing if you require it.

Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with any part of this policy will result in consequences ranging from, but not limited to, lack of access to the school premise, in-person classes and seminars, working from home, removal from the program until the individual is in compliance with the policy.

Accommodations

ADLER will continue to provide academic and employment accommodations, as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, to members of the ADLER Community. Accommodations based on the provisions of this policy will be considered on an individual basis, and be based on guidance from the Government of Ontario. 

Additional Information 

Approved Covid-19 Vaccines https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/drugs-vaccines-treatments/vaccines.html

COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/COVID-19_guidance_for_individuals_vaccinated_outside_of_ontario.pdf

If you require support related to Covid-19, please see the following resource list from the Province of Ontario

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-people#section-4

False Attestations and Documentation

Individuals who make false attestations about, or provide false documents related to, being vaccinated may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion for students, termination for employees, voiding of contracts for clients and contractors and removal/restriction from the premises  for visitors and/or any other attendees; such individuals could also be at risk of criminal liability.

For questions regarding the ADLER Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, please contact Annette Smith, Administrative Director, Policy and Program Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.