Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

Purpose

To continuously protect the health and safety of Toronto Health School (THS) community and prevent the spread of Covid-19, this policy provides guidance on the conditions under which individuals will be permitted on THS campuses beginning September 7, 2021.

Scope

This policy applies to all THS students, including students participating in practicums, as well as employees, clients, contractors, visitors, and/or any other individuals who may be present on the THS campuses.

1.Statement of Policy

  • As a precaution to ensure the health and safety of our community, THS is requiring all individuals be fully vaccinated before they are permitted to enter the campus building.
  • THS on-campus activities and this policy will continue to be subject to the federal, provincial and local public health regulations related to Covid-19.
  • This policy may be affected should public health guidance on measures for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated individuals evolves.

2. Accepted Vaccines

  • THS will accept COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Individuals who have received a vaccine that is not approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO) will not be permitted to enter the campus until 14 days after receiving their approved single-dose vaccine or the first dose of an approved double-dose vaccine.

3. Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

  • All individuals entering the campus premises will be required to present documentation of having been fully vaccinated or having received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • THS will collect and store in the school’s database the personal health information from all individuals who will come to the campus, such as attestations and other proofs of immunization.
  • Individuals’ private health information will not be disclosed in conjunction with any other personally identifiable information.
  • All individuals who provide false attestations or documentation related to being vaccinated may be subject to disciplinary action. This may include expulsion or termination from school for students, termination or voiding of contracts for employees, and removal or restriction from campus for visitors and/or any other attendees; which may also be subject to criminal prosecution

4. Attestations

Until October 30, 2021, a written attestation stating that an individual has received the full course of vaccination will be accepted in lieu of an official vaccination receipt for the duration of the programme.

5. Partial Grace Period for Covid-19 Vaccination

  • After receiving the first dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine, all individuals who have received the first dose will be able to participate in on-campus activities for a grace period of at least 14 days to allow them to receive the second dose, assuming that vaccines are reasonably available for those individuals .
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to adhere to additional health and safety precautions that are not applicable to fully vaccinated individuals.
  • Individuals will not be permitted to return to campus after the grace period has expired unless they have received their second dose of an accepted vaccine.
  • The restrictions that were in place during the grace period will remain in effect for 14 days following the administration of the second dose.
  • After the vaccination grace period has been expired will not be extended for the students and other visitors, while the THS staff/s will be placed on unpaid leave/s.

6. Exemptions

  • Requests for exemptions on medical grounds from students and staffs will be considered on an individual basis by THS.
  • Students or staffs with an approved exemption from being vaccinated may be accommodated by THS sole discretion to maintain the health and safety of the campus community.
  • All individuals who have been unvaccinated will be required to undergo regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 at an interval determined by THS and provide a negative test result.
  • THS reserves the right to have the documentation reviewed by medical specialists before granting the medical exemptions.
  • Exemptions from this policy will not be provided to clients, contractors, guests, or any other attendees.

7. Consideration for Students and THS Staffs

  • Only students and staffs who have a medical exemption will be considered for a reasonable accommodation request.
  • Students or staffs with an approved exemption from being vaccinated may be accommodated through measures that will continue to keep the THS community safety.
  • Individuals who qualify for a medical exemption and/or legally required to be accommodated will be accommodated to the point of undue burden.
  • Accommodations for clients, contractors, visitors, and/or any other attendees will be considered on an individual basis on a particular circumstance basis.

8. Clients, contractors, visitors, and/or any other attendees

  • THS will be prohibited contractors, clients, and visitors who do not have a current, complete immunization record to enter the campus.
  • Contractors shall ensure that all their employees who work on THS campuses are fully immunized.
  • Sending an employee to a THS campus who is not fully vaccinated will be deemed sufficient grounds for the school to terminate the contract with the contractor.
  • Visitors and/or other attendees will not be permitted to enter THS campus after September 7, 2021, except for those who are on approved, official College business.
  • Visitors and/or other attendees will not be permitted on Toronto Health School campuses after September 7, 2021, except for those who are on approved official business.
  • Visitors and/or any other attendees are required to comply to this policy.