COVID-19 Update – October 2023
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Keiran Moore, has confirmed that the vaccine mandate has been lifted for Private Career Colleges. Anderson College will maintain its COVID-19 vaccination policy through to the end of the Summer Semester (October 1st, 2023), for most programs.* The College will continue to evaluate Public Health guidelines and determine whether the vaccine policy will be reinstated after it expires on October 1st, 2023. The College continues to highly encourage students and employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine doses as recommended by Public Health. If you are experiencing symptoms of, or have tested positive for COVID-19, you should complete a self-assessment to find out what to do next. Please follow the guidance provided with respect to self-isolating, monitoring, and/or masking.
Employees and students are also encouraged to respect personal choices around masking on campus and remember that there are some scenarios in which wearing PPE is still required at Anderson.
Your choice of career path requires you to meet specific health and safety standards as outlined by Ontario law and based on agency policies. The Ontario government and the organizations offering you professional placements have mandated specific medical and non-medical requirements that must be met by students before beginning any professional placements. These measures are there to protect you, your colleagues, and the people you will serve during your placement. Anderson College is committed to meeting standards of practice by ensuring that students attain and maintain required certifications and meet recommended immunization standards. These may include, but are not limited to, influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.
*Vaccination against COVID-19 will remain mandatory for students and instructors of some programs, including but not limited to: Cardiology Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Early Childcare Assistant, Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Orthopaedic Technician, Personal Support Worker, and Pharmacy Technician. To confirm whether vaccination is currently required for any other programs, please contact your campus.
Here are some FAQ’s and Answers
(Last updated 7th September 2021)
As per the new instructions effective as of September 7, 2021, by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) for Postsecondary Education Institutions (PSE), Anderson College has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and community as a top priority. Following this update, all employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, visitors and students, will need to be fully vaccinated if they are to attend any campus locations physically. All other existing health and safety protocols we currently have in place will remain.
Not all students and faculty are supposed to be at campus physically. We still encourage and expect continued remote virtual learning for our students for various programs and courses. Only those staff and students who have hands-on learning components as part of their program might need to be at campus as part of their training.
Yes. In order to continue do our part in keeping each other safe, this vaccine requirement is an additional measure we are taking as a college to protect the health and safety of our loved ones and the whole community. To be clear, at Anderson College, we are not mandating that anyone receive a vaccine. We will continue to respect medical exemptions with valid documentation. The policy only applies to the staff members, faculty and students who have to be on campus inperson for administrative reasons or training purposes.
Individuals who are not vaccinated will be required to follow additional health and safety precautions not applicable to fully vaccinated individuals, such as rapid antigen testing performed for COVID-19 at an interval determined by Anderson College and provide a negative test result.
If you are needed to attend the campus, you must complete regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 at an interval determined by Anderson College and provide a negative test result. Those who are unable to provide any vaccination proof are supposed to complete educational sessions about COVID-19 vaccination benefits. Please note those who are fully vaccinated are exempt from these conditions.
Anderson College will consider on an individual basis request from students and employees for exemptions strictly on medical grounds only. Requests for medical exemptions will be considered upon completion and presentation of Anderson College’s Request for Medical Exemption form. The college reserves the right to have the form reviewed by applicable medical specialists. Exemptions will not be extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.
Not everyone necessarily needs to return to campus. Only those individuals who have hands-on learning components as part of their training or need to visit for administrative reasons, can visit campus with vaccination proof on their mobile phones. This includes students, teachers and members who need to physically be available at campus and can absolutely not partake in any remote virtual activity. Anyone entering campus must be fully vaccinated.
As per the new public health guideline, we are only mandating policy for those students, faculty and staff who need to physically visit any campus location. We are continuing with our remote virtual learning setting for most of the courses. However, if you wish to attend the campus in person, it is required that you carry proof of vaccination.
As of now we are continuing with remote virtual learning setup for most of the programs and
courses. However, for those individuals who have hands-on learning components as part of their
training need to be at campus. There could also be unique situations where a student might need to
visit campus location for administrative reasons, in which case we suggest you call your campus
location prior and confirm if you need to visit. Anyone entering campus must be fully vaccinated.
As defined by the Province of Ontario (PDF, 276 KB), individuals are considered fully vaccinated
two weeks after their second dose of a double-dose vaccination series or two weeks after receiving
the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine
Visit this Government of Canada website for information on how to obtain your proof of vaccination from any region of the country. If you are from Ontario and have your health card information, visit Ontario Health Provincial website to obtain a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. Be prepared to enter your health card info, birthdate and postal code. Your proof of vaccination can either be a digital copy or a physical paper receipt. We highly encourage you keep a copy of the digital receipt on your phone.
The nature of the vaccination policy implemented by Anderson College with OCMOH is currently in place for those individuals who need to visit any Anderson College location in-person only. If you’re not required to be on campus you don’t need to have a proof of vaccination. However, please keep in mind that the public health guidelines may gradually evolve with more strict rules.
Yes, only if you need to attend campus facility or lab class and you don’t provide the proof. You may be asked to leave the premises unless until there is a medical exemption with a doctor’s note that applies to your case, which will be determined by the campus authorities.
If you are attending campus in-person you must bring your proof of vaccination to campus during screening procedure to present to the staff upon entry. A written attestation expressing an individual has received full vaccination can also be accepted in lieu of an official vaccination receipt until October 29, 2021 (this date may change in accordance with Public Health guidelines).
We highly encourage you to bring a digital copy of your vaccination proof receipt on your mobile phone or tablet. In case you have a paper-based receipt, we will accept it too. However, we highly recommend you take a picture of the paper receipt and keep it in your phone for quicker and easier access.
From Tuesday, September 7, 2021 onwards Anderson College will be regulating and tracking vaccinated individuals entering all the campus locations during all business hours. This tracking record and data needs to be presented to the government every month by Anderson College.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) confirmed the directive on Thursday,
September 2, 2021 for colleges and educational institutions. As soon as the Anderson Team learnt
of the updates, a mass email was sent out to all our students and staff member later the same day. Keeping our community informed with every single update by the government during such unprecedented times is very crucial to us. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please note that this policy applies to all staff, students, visitors and contractors. We wanted to get
this out to you as quickly as possible. Let's all do what we can to stop the spread. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
Only those students and employees with a medical exemption will be considered for an accommodation. Contractors, clients, visitors and/or any other attendees will not be allowed accommodation provision.
Those individuals who do not provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who wish to attend the campus in person must provide proof of having completed an educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.
The education sessions will address at a minimum:
• How the COVID-19 vaccine works;
• Vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines;
• Benefits of vaccination against COVID-19;
• Risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and
• Possible side effects of COVID 19 vaccination
Individuals who have received the first dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine will, after a minimum of 14 days from receiving the first dose, be able to participate in on-campus activities, for a grace period that allows them to receive a second dose, provided that vaccines are reasonably available for those individuals.
The period of time, as determined by Anderson College, that a student or employee can attend an Anderson College campus/es after receiving their first dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine before receiving their second dose, provided that vaccines are reasonably available. Vaccination grace periods are not extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to follow additional health and safety precautions not applicable to fully vaccinated individuals, such antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 at an interval determined by Anderson College and provide a negative test result.
At the end of the grace period, individuals will not be permitted on campus until they have received their second dose of an accepted vaccine. Restrictions applied during the grace period will continue for 14 days after the second dose is administered. A rapid antigen testing will be performed minimally once a week.
Currently, the requirement to wear a mask inside our campus locations still stands. We are not enforcing social distancing as of now at any of our locations until further notice. That being said, all other existing health and safety protocols Anderson College currently has, remain in effect.
Providing any false information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status is a serious matter. Anderson College reserves the right to take action with respect to any individual who submits misleading information. Such individuals 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 campus for visitors and/or any other attendees; such individuals could
also be at risk of criminal liability.
Individuals who received a full series of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, or by the World Health Organization (WHO) (PDF 835 KB), will be considered fully vaccinated to enter any Anderson College campus location.
For more information see The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada (PDF 148 KB).
Anderson College of Health, Business & Technology will update its policies to adhere to any updates by the government. This policy may be revised in accordance with Public Health Guidelines.
Should you have any questions in relation to the policy, please feel free to reach out to your campus team or email us at email@example.com.
Can I attend school as long as I complete regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 and provide a negative test result?
NO. Providing a negative antigen test result was only a temporary measure to give our visitors and students sufficient time to get vaccinated. An updated vaccination policy was provided to our students on October 29th, 2021, please see the policy here. As of November 1st, 2021 (Monday following the update), anyone who visits an Anderson Campus must be full vaccinated, or provide medical exemption in order to receive accommodation.
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