Campus Check vaccination and testing requirements

How to upload your proof of vaccination or testing

For fall 2021, Dalhousie and King's students, faculty and staff are asked to provide proof of their vaccination status if they intend to access university campuses.

Using the Campus Check system

To complete the Campus Check process, visit campus-check.dal.ca and log in using your Dal or King’s NetID and password. (If you are already logged in to your Dal/King’s account on your web browser or device, you may not need to enter your credentials a second time to access Campus Check.)

The process only takes a few minutes to complete.

You can provide your vaccination information at any point this term. Those who are not fully vaccinated (or who are unable to be vaccinated/choose not to provide proof of vaccination) and wish to take part in on-campus activities will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice each week and provide proof of negative test results or follow appropriate steps in the event of a positive test.

Anyone who has not provided proof of full vaccination as of Monday, September 13 will begin receiving instructions for undergoing twice-weekly testing.

More info: Submitting your test results

Tracking and following up on compliance will all be managed centrally through the Campus Check system. You will not be asked to provide proof of vaccination or testing at building doors, classrooms or offices. Your manager, supervisor, dean, professor, etc. will not have access to your information.

About Campus Check

Campus Check is hosted by Thrive Health, a Vancouver-based health care software technology. Thrive Health are the official developers of the Canada COVID-19 App & Self-Assessment Tool. Their software has helped more than 20 million Canadians navigate the pandemic, and enabled thousands of organizations to run secure symptom screening and rapid testing programs. In addition to Dalhousie and King's, several other Canadian universities are currently using their tool, including the University of Toronto and Carleton University.

If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact support@thrive.health for assistance.

Below you'll find some of the most frequently asked questions about Campus Check. If you have questions that you don't see answered here, please email us at CampusCheck@dal.ca.


Frequently asked questions

The Campus Check process

Do I have to be fully vaccinated to go to class / work / be on campus?

No, our requirements do not prevent anyone from being on campus based on vaccination status alone. Those who cannot or choose not to provide proof of full vaccination are able to be on campus provided they undergo twice-weekly testing — an important measure for their own safety and the safety of our entire community, given increased transmissibility and risk factors among the un- and under-vaccinated for emerging COVID variants like Delta. Again, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated if possible.

When do I need to provide Dalhousie with my proof of vaccination?

You can provide your proof of vaccination information at any time.

Individuals who have not uploaded proof of full vaccination by Monday, September 13 will then begin receiving instructions to undergo twice-weekly testing, reporting the results through the same Campus Check system. At any point thereafter, if you provide proof of vaccination, the testing requirement will cease.

If I am not fully vaccinated, when do I start having to get tested?

Individuals who have not uploaded proof of full vaccination by Monday, September 13 will then begin receiving instructions to undergo twice-weekly testing, reporting the results through the same Campus Check system.

Is there a deadline by which I have to be fully vaccinated?

No, but individuals who have not uploaded proof of full vaccination by Monday, September 13 will then begin receiving instructions to undergo twice-weekly testing, reporting the results through the same Campus Check system.

You can complete your full vaccination and submit your proof of vaccination through Campus Check at any point in the semester — once you do, the requirement to undergo twice-weekly testing will be lifted once two weeks have passed since your second dose. (Please note we continue to recommend asymptomatic testing for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated.)

If I only have one shot of my vaccine, do I still have to undergo twice-weekly testing?

Yes, anyone who is not fully vaccinated is required to undero twice-weekly testing.  

You can complete your full vaccination and submit your proof of vaccination through Campus Check at any point in the semester — once you do, the requirement to undergo twice-weekly testing will be lifted once two weeks have passed since your second dose. (Please note we continue to recommend asymptomatic testing for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated.)

Do I need to download an app to complete Campus Check?

No, the Campus Check tool is not a mobile app — it's a secure website that can be accessed on both mobile and desktop devices.

Who has access to my information? Will my dean / manager / professor / supervisor know my vaccination or testing status?

Thrive Health does not have access to your information, and the only people at Dalhousie who will be reviewing submissions will be a small number of individuals centrally assigned to monitor the system. Your manager, supervisor, dean, professor, etc. will not have access to your information, nor will you be asked to provide proof of vaccination or testing at building doors, classrooms or offices. Tracking and following up on compliance will all be managed centrally through the Campus Check system.

My Faculty (Dentistry, Health or Medicine) is asking for my vaccination information. Do I need to complete Campus Check as well? Can I just do one or the other?

Students in the Faculties of Dentistry, Health and Medicine may also be asked to provide vaccination information through a separate Faculty-based process, given specific clinical needs in those disciplines, in addition to the Campus Check process. These students can expect to receive more information directly from their Faculty.

If this is requested of you, and you intend to be on campus, you must also complete Campus Check, as the two processes are separate.

What happens if I do not complete Campus Check?

If you have not provided proof of full vaccination by Monday, September 13, you will begin receiving notifications from Campus Check to complete and report twice-weekly testing if you intend to be on campus. (You will have the option to dismiss these notifications if you are not on campus.)

It is critical that all members of the Dalhousie community complete the Campus Check requirements to ensure our collective safety. All faculty, staff, and students are required to participate in the Campus Check program. Anyone who does not comply with the Campus Check program will not be permitted to attend in-person activities on campus. Failure to comply may also result in additional consequences under the Code of Student Conduct or under contracts of employment with the university, including collective agreements and handbooks.

Who should students contact if they are uncomfortable with something that is being asked of them, or if they feel negatively impacted by an experience in regard to the vaccine requirements implementation?

For matters relating directly to a student’s faculty or classes, students should contact their Associate Dean (Academic) for their faculty and for matters relating to campus life and the campus community generally, they can email student.affairs@dal.ca.

 

Application of requirements

Who is required to complete the Campus Check process?

All students, faculty and staff are expected to complete the Campus Check process. Anyone who does not comply with the Campus Check program will not be permitted to attend in-person activities on campus.  

If I am working / studying remotely, do I need to provide proof of vaccination?

If you are not planning to be on campus this semester, we ask that you still complete the Campus Check process. You will have the option to identify within Campus Check that you do not plan to be on campus.

If you expect to be on campus at some point this fall, we recommend completing the Campus Check process now if you are fully vaccinated — it will avoid you having to upload your information later.

If I'm only going to be on campus sometimes, do I need to provide proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination or completing twice-weekly rapid testing is required to take part in on-campus activities.

If you expect to be on campus at some point this fall, we recommend completing the Campus Check process now if you are fully vaccinated — it will avoid you having to upload your information later.

Are visitors to campus required to use Campus Check to provide proof of vaccination?

These requirements will not be applied to visitors from the general public to campus facilities and services. We lack the technical means and mandate to acquire the same information from one-time or infrequent visitors that we’re asking of the students, faculty and staff who make up our core activities. We will rely on our high vaccination rates — both within the Dal community and in Nova Scotia more broadly — along with Public Health guidelines and the many components of our multi-layer safety plan to maintain a high degree of health and safety in visitor spaces.

As always, we will continue to monitor the evolving epidemiology of COVID-19, informed by the best available Public Health guidance, and will be prepared to adjust visitor safety plans accordingly if required.

 

Vaccination

What vaccines are accepted?

For the purposes of these requirements, full vaccination with any WHO-approved vaccine is accepted. The latest list of WHO-approved vaccines can be found here.

In Nova Scotia, you're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you have:

  • any two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or two doses of a combination of COVID-19 vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada; or
  • 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • A complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization.

Anyone who has 1 or 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that's not approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization can book an appointment to get two doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated in Nova Scotia.

What do I need to provide as proof of vaccination?

You will be asked to provide a photo or digital document (PDF) of any receipt, email or documentation confirming you received your vaccination. Please ensure the documentation reflects both doses if you’ve received a two-dose COVID vaccine.

For those who got vaccinated in Nova Scotia, you should have received a COVID-19 vaccine receipt via email. You can find information on accessing or acquiring your Nova Scotia receipt here.

What do I do if I am vaccinated with a non-WHO-approved vaccine?

Individuals who have been vaccinated with non-WHO vaccines will be required to undergo twice-weekly testing. If you eventually receive vaccination with Health Canada- or WHO-approved vaccines, the testing requirement will cease.

You can learn more about Nova Scotia’s procedures for non-WHO vaccines here.

What if I only just got vaccinated?

Complete the Campus Check process. If you have only received your first dose of vaccine, you will be required to undergo twice-weekly testing until you have received your second dose and two weeks have passed. If you have just received your second dose, you will be asked to undergo twice-weekly testing until two weeks have passed since your second vaccination.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Vaccine clinics will be hosted on campus this fall for students, faculty and staff. You can also acquire vaccines through the province at most pharmacies and primary care centres.

 

Testing

Where can I get tested?

Testing can be done through on-campus rapid testing (at clinics or with take-away test kits) or testing provided through Nova Scotia Health or New Brunswick Health. 

If I'm required to be tested, how long will I have to get tested for?

Currently our plan is to continue these vaccination and testing requirements until December 24, 2021. This date will be revisited later this fall.

How do I submit my test results?

The easiest and quickest way to provide your test results to Dalhousie is through Campus Check.

For more information and instructions, visit Submitting your Test results page.

Individuals who are having difficulty using Campus Check, or would prefer not to use the website, can reach out for support and ways to provide proof of vaccination/testing through different means.

  • Students in Halifax should contact the Student Accessibility Centre or visit their office in the Killam Library, G28. The Student Accessibility Centre is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to  4 p.m. Truro students who wish to report their vaccination information in person can do so at the Health Centre, main floor of the Dairy Building, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Faculty and staff in Halifax can contact Accessible Employment at accessible.employment@dal.ca, or visit their office in Human Resources, Henry Hicks Building Room 21, from 10 am. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Faculty and staff on the Agricultural Campus can contact Amanda LeBlanc at amanda.leblanc@dal.ca or 902-893-2358, or visit her office between 1 pm – 3 pm, Monday to Thursday.

 

Accommodations

I have a protected reason (health, religion, etc.) for not getting vaccinated. Do I still have to complete the Campus Check process? Do I still have to undergo twice-weekly testing?

If you are not fully vaccinated — whether by choice, circumstance, or for a protected characteristic under human rights law (health, religion, etc.) — please still complete the Campus Check process, including uploading proof of partial vaccination if applicable. You will have the option to indicate that you are not fully vaccinated, and you will receive information beginning September 13 regarding your twice-weekly testing.

Those who cannot be vaccinated are required to undergo twice-weekly testing — an important measure for your own safety and the safety of our entire community, given increased transmissibility and risk factors among the un- and under-vaccinated for emerging COVID variants like Delta.

You do not need a formal accommodation for this: simply indicate you are not fully vaccinated in the Campus Check system and you will receive instructions for how to complete and report your twice-weekly testing.

Can I seek an accommodation if I'm unable to complete testing twice a week?

If you are unable to complete the twice-weekly testing because of a characteristic protected under human rights law, you may seek an accommodation.

Students should contact the Student Accessibility Centre.

Faculty and staff can contact Accessible Employment at accessible.employment@dal.ca.

I'm unwilling or unable to use the Thrive system. Can I submit my proof of vaccination/testing another way?

You may seek an accommodation if you wish to provide your proof of vaccination/testing through a means other than the Campus Check process.

Students should contact the Student Accessibility Centre.

Faculty and staff can contact Accessible Employment at accessible.employment@dal.ca.

 

Privacy

Will my information be kept private?

Yes. Information collected by the app on behalf of the Dalhousie University and University of King’s College is protected in accordance with Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will be used only for the purpose of implementing the Campus Check Program. De-identified aggregate data will be used to track the overall vaccination level of the university community. 

How is my privacy and personal information protected?

We have partnered with Thrive Health Inc. to provide the Campus Check service. As a health care technology company, Thrive Health Inc. has expertise in protecting individuals’ private health information. All data provided or received though the platform is encrypted and your personal information is stored within Canada. Thrive Health Inc. follows data security and privacy standards that align with federal and provincial laws and guidelines such as PHIPA, FIPPA, HIPPA, PIPEDA, PCI, and NIST. Campus Check has also been assessed by the Dalhousie’s Privacy Officer and Information Security team which confirmed its compliance with applicable privacy standards.