Vaccination and Testing Verification Form 

Vaccination Exemption Form

Visitor Declaration Form


MSVU requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible and by October 13 at the latest. Proof of vaccination will be required. Those who choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or cultural reasons must be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Students are encouraged to get vaccinated in your home community before coming to campus if at all possible. That said, if you are travelling to Halifax to study and need a vaccine when you arrive, you can get one or both doses here.

We have two COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students, faculty and staff coming up on campus as follows:

  • Thursday, September 16 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 23 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Both will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room on the 3rd floor of the Rosaria Student Centre. Be sure to bring your health card or another form of ID if you don’t have a health card. If you’ve already had your first dose of vaccine, please bring confirmation. Questions about the campus vaccine clinic can be directed to Maxine Brewer, Manager of Health Services at MSVU at Maxine.brewer@msvu.ca.​​​​ ​​

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be booked through Nova Scotia Public Health. 

Of course, we will also continue to implement a number of other important pandemic safety measures on campus, including reduced classroom capacities, enhanced cleaning protocols, improved ventilation and mask use in common areas. We are also offering rapid COVID-19 testing on-campus for all students, faculty and staff. Regardless of your vaccination status, regular testing is still strongly recommended by Public Health.

Students with questions about MSVU’s COVID-19 response are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Experience at ose@msvu.ca. Faculty and staff with questions are encouraged to speak to their dean, chair, director or supervisor, or contact human.resources@msvu.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m a student, faculty or staff member, can I come to campus if I’m not vaccinated?

If you choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or cultural reasons, you can still come to campus, but you’ll be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week (you must be tested within 72 hours before coming on campus). On-campus rapid (asymptomatic) testing clinics are available (details below). Proof of vaccine or testing status will be required and monitored regularly.

Are campus visitors included in this mandate?

Yes, we are expecting all those who come to the MSVU campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo twice weekly testing if they choose not to be vaccinated (for medical, religious or cultural reasons). Visitors must complete a Visitor Declaration Form before they come to campus and bring proof of their vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test result (obtained within 72 hours before coming on campus).

How do I submit my proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test result?

The forms to submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination/testing or request an exemption are available online. All students, faculty and staff are asked to complete those forms that apply to you as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Those who choose not to be vaccinated (for medical, religious or cultural reasons) will continue to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test twice a week throughout the semester.

How will testing be monitored?

An individual has been assigned to confidentially monitor student, faculty and staff submissions of vaccination and testing documentation (for those with a vaccine exemption). The university will follow-up directly with all those who do not submit their documentation as required.

When does this requirement take effect?

All students, faculty and staff are asked to complete the vaccine requirement forms that apply to you as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Those who choose not to be vaccinated (for medical, religious or cultural reasons) will continue to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test twice a week throughout the semester.

What if I don’t submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination nor participate in regular testing?

If you don’t comply with the MSVU vaccine requirement or testing program (with a vaccine exemption), then you will not be able to attend campus – for students, that means you won’t be able to take classes on campus, nor use on-campus facilities/services.

How will my personal information be protected?

We will review proof of vaccination and testing submitted via a secure online form and then it will be deleted – in other words, the documentation you submit will not be stored after review. We will only record your overall status of compliance with the university’s vaccine mandate (or testing protocol). These records will be kept strictly confidential and only accessed by authorized individuals.

What if I’ve only received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far?

Until you’ve been fully vaccinated (i.e. you’ve received two doses of vaccine), you will need to be tested twice a week and provide proof of negative test results (received within 72 prior to coming on campus).

What if my classes are all online?

If you’re taking classes online, but planning to use campus facilities, you will need to get fully vaccinated by October 13 or tested for COVID-19 before coming on campus (if you choose not to be vaccinated for medical, religious or cultural reasons). Please keep in mind that regardless of whether you’re planning to come on campus, Public Health strongly recommends that all those who are eligible to do so get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you will not be coming on campus at all, you will be asked to submit confirmation of this status via the comments section of the vaccination exemption form (currently in development) to indicate that no follow-up is required.

Do I still need to be tested twice a week if I will only be on campus once a week?

Those who choose not to be vaccinated and who will only be attending campus once per week (for example, students attending just one in-person class a week, and not participating in other on-campus activities or services on other days of the week), will only be required to be tested for COVID-19 (and upload a negative test result) once per week, within 72 hours before coming on campus. If this applies to you, you will need to indicate this status in the comments section of the exemption form that is currently in development (i.e. so that we know not to follow up with you regarding the second test).

Will a rapid test suffice or do I need a PCR test?

If you choose to be regularly tested instead of vaccinated, you will be required to have a negative rapid COVID-19 test result twice a week (rapid testing is for asymptomatic individuals only). PCR tests are only required for symptomatic individuals; PCR tests can be booked through Public Health.

Note: the rapid test being administered on campus doesn’t “tickle your brain.” It is less invasive than the traditional PCR test and is self-administered (with a support person standing by in case you need them).

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

We are offering rapid COVID-19 (asymptomatic) testing on-campus for all students, faculty and staff. Drop-in clinics are taking place weekly on the following dates/times:

  • Mondays – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EMF 207)
  • Tuesdays – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EMF 207)
  • Wednesdays – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EMF 207)
  • Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EMF 207: except in the MPR for Sept 16th and Sept 23rd)

The above noted dates/times are valid until October 5.

Additional details:

  • The test is a quick and easy self-administered one (with a support person standing by in case needed).
  • No appointment is required. Just drop in.
  • This clinic provides asymptomatic testing only. Those with symptoms should arrange for a PCR test through Public Health.
  • Results will be sent to you by text. If you don’t have a cell phone, you can return to the testing location in one hour to receive your results.
  • Testing is entirely confidential. No records of your test or result will be kept by MSVU. Positive test results, however, will be reported to Public Health after the affected individual has been notified.
  • Masks must be worn to the clinic.
  • This clinic is for MSVU students, faculty, and staff only. We cannot accommodate family members and friends at this time.

Find out more information about COVID-19 testing offered by NS Public Health.

Regardless of your vaccination status, we should all be getting tested regularly to help keep one another safe, as recommended by Public Health.

How does this requirement affect those who were vaccinated abroad (i.e. with a vaccine not authorized by Health Canada)?

Nova Scotia Public Health has advised that those who have received one or two doses of a non-Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine (see list below) or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, and are within the authorized age group, are eligible to receive one additional dose of a Health Canada authorized mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after their last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Non-Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines (as of August 17, 2021):

  • CoronaVac/Sinovac
  • Sinopharm/BBIBP
  • Covaxin
  • Sputnik V
  • Sputnik Light
  • CanSinoBIO

Students for whom this applies can contact MSVU’s Manager of Health Services for guidance at Maxine.Brewer@msvu.ca. Faculty and staff should speak to their health care provider.

Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m fully vaccinated?

Yes. Masks are mandatory in all common indoor spaces on campus until at least September 30, 2021. Learn more about MSVU’s mask protocol.