Testing & Reporting

COVID-19 Rapid Screening

Rapid Testing Program

UBC requires COVID-19 rapid testing for all students, faculty and staff, with exemptions provided for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Starting September 7, all students, faculty and staff must complete an online, confidential declaration of your vaccination status. This information will be used to determine whether you are required to participate in UBC’s COVID-19 rapid testing program or are eligible for an exemption.

All UBC students, faculty and staff are asked to complete the Vaccination Status Declaration.

  • If you declare that you have been fully vaccinated, you will be required to provide verification of vaccination at a later date and will not need to take part in the COVID-19 rapid testing program.
  • If you indicate that you are not fully vaccinated, or you choose not to disclose your status, you will receive further communication about rapid testing and the next steps you need to follow.

Declare your vaccination status

Rapid Testing Clinics

UBC Okanagan will offer COVID-19 rapid screening at on-campus clinics through to Dec. 22, 2021, supported by the BC Centre for Disease Control.

COVID-19 rapid testing is not considered a substitute for vaccination. We strongly encourage all eligible students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated. Learn about BC’s immunization program and how to obtain a vaccination.

Eligibility Criteria

UBC students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to provide vaccination information, are required to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing if they are working or studying on campus or at an off-campus facility controlled by UBC. The requirements of the University’s testing program are outlined at rapidtesting.covid19.ubc.ca.

Clinics are currently available to UBC Okanagan students, faculty members or staff members who are required to participate in COVID-19 rapid testing.

Rapid screening is only available to those who are symptom-free. The test is performed via a shallow nasal swab.

Those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days are excluded.

Participants must either:

  • remain on site approximately 15 minutes following their test until results are provided, or
  • provide contact information where they can be reached for the following 30 minutes.


Scheduled Rapid Screening Clinics on Campus

Participation in the scheduled on-campus rapid screening clinics is by appointment only.

Reporting COVID-19 Exposure

Faculty and Staff

If you suspect you have been exposed to, or contracted COVID-19 at UBC or through your association with UBC, please notify your supervisor and report the incident through the Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS).

WorkSafeBC has provided COVID19 claims-related information for workers on their website: COVID-19 Claims WorkSafeBC info.


Contact Health, Safety and Environment at hse.ok@ubc.ca or 250.807.8516 and a safety expert will provide guidance on any immediate follow-up measures.


Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their health care provider or call the Nurses Help Line at 8-1-1.

If you have been diagnosed with or believe that you have the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you call to advise the UBCO Health and Wellness team. We will work with you to ensure you have the proper supports and health care required to manage the virus.

Notification & Contact Tracing

Notification of COVID-19 cases, and potential exposures, within our community is managed by public health authorities, not by UBC.

If UBC is asked by public health authorities to notify our community members of a confirmed case, we will do so by distributing material prepared by those public health authorities. Only those identified through contact tracing as “needing to know” will have access to this information. Learn more about the contact tracing process.