Rapid Antigen tests required for partially vaccinated
September 15, 2021

To further protect students and employees from potential exposure to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health Ontario, issued instructions and a framework for fall semester this week that must be implemented by institutions providing postsecondary education in Ontario.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, in addition to the requirements specified in our COVID-19 vaccination procedure, persons who are partially vaccinated, meaning you’ve only had your first dose or your second dose was within the previous 14 days, are required to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at minimum, once every seven days, to be able to attend any campus or facility owned, operated or controlled by the college.

Those who are considered fully vaccinated, having received both doses, with a second dose more than 14 days ago, will not be required to undergo COVID-19 rapid antigen testing.

We appreciate this is unexpected. If you’re required to be on campus, and are partially vaccinated, plan to arrive at least 45 minutes earlier to allow time for the test and await the result before you’ll be allowed to proceed.

Thank you if you’ve already uploaded your proof of vaccination to the Safe@Georgian app. However, if you only have one dose or have had your second dose less than 14 days ago, your status within the app will change. The app is being revised to accommodate this new requirement and ambassadors on site may direct you to the testing area based on the status displayed on the app.

Check your Georgian email regularly for updates, plan to arrive early and follow directions once on campus. The college appreciates everyone’s patience as we work through this change.

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Georgian COVID-19 rapid antigen testing hours by location

If you require a COVID-19 rapid antigen test to come on campus, please review the following testing hours by location through Oct. 1.

Please note your test result is valid for seven days so we encourage you to take your test as soon as possible, and plan ahead if you have evening or weekend activity on campus.

Testing may not be available every day, at all locations or during times that match class times (e.g., evenings).

Bring photo ID

You’ll be required to show photo identification along with your proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test in order to gain entry to campus.

Rapid testing at non-Georgian locations

If these times aren’t convenient, you can go to a registered pharmacy (e.g., Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall) to obtain your own test.

Campus/site Testing location Week of Sept. 20 Week of Sept. 27
Barrie Campus and downtown Barrie location Student Lounge (C building, Barrie Campus)

Sept. 20 – 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 – 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 – no testing
Sept. 27 – 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 – 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 – 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 – 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 – no testing
Midland Campus Tent outside Sept. 20 – no testing
Sept. 21 – 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 22 – 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 – 10 to 11 a.m.
Sept. 24 – 8 to 9 a.m.
Sept. 27 – no testing
Sept. 28 – 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 29 – 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 – 10 to 11 a.m.
Oct. 1 – 8 to 9 a.m.
Muskoka Campus Admin hallway to Workshop 122 Sept. 22 – 8:15 to 9 a.m. Sept. 29 – 8:15 to 9 a.m.
Orangeville Campus Room 124 Sept. 22 – 8:15 to 9 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 – 8:15 to 9 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Orillia Campus Cafeteria Sept. 20 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 21 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 27 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 28 – 8 a.m. to noon
Owen Sound Campus Gym Sept. 21 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 22 – 1 to 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 27 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 28 – 8 a.m. to noon
Sept. 29 – 8 a.m. to noon
South Georgian Bay Campus No fall semester activity on campus

This was originally posted on Sept. 3 and updated on Sept. 22