Vaccination Policy - CanPacific

Following the reopening of the physical classrooms, CanPacific will ensure a smooth transition to in-person learning and teaching by using a hybrid delivery model with a mix of virtual and in-person instruction. In consideration of everybody’s health and safety, CanPacific has established a mandatory vaccination policy;

Individuals, students, staff, contractors, volunteers, who attend campus must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID -19; or

Provide written proof of a medical reason, provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that set out: a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the effective time-period for medical reason.

If an individual does not provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 instead relies upon the medical reason, the required individual shall submit to regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result every week.

Note: “Fully vaccinated” means having received the full series of a COVID-19 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.

COVID-19 Educational Session

At CanPacific our number one priority is the safety of our students, staff and our community. We encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated. Here are some information and useful links:

A. How COVID-19 vaccines work

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness.

Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. But with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.

It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.

Sometimes after vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building immunity.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html

B. Vaccine safety

According to the Government of Canada, only vaccines that are proven to be safe, effective and of high quality are authorized for use in Canada. The COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested during their development and then carefully reviewed by Health Canada.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/safety-side-effects.html

C. The benefits of Vaccination against COVID-19

According to the City of Toronto, vaccines will help protect us against COVID-19.

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-benefits-of-getting-vaccinated/

D. Risk of not being vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated you are more likely to get infected or you may be at risk for serious diseases. Not only that you may leave others or your loved ones at risk. You cannot protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from diseases if you are not vaccinated.

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/infectious-disease/covid-19-data-surveillance/covid-19-data-tool?tab=summary

E. Possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination

According to the Government of Canada, like any medication, vaccines can cause mild side effects and reactions. These can last a few hours or a couple of days after vaccination.

Common side effects may include:

  • redness, soreness or swelling on the arm where you got the shot
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle and joint pain
  • chills
  • mild fever

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-safety

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