Vaccine Awareness

COVID-19 Vaccination Education Video

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Do you have questions about COVID-19 vaccination? The Provincial Vaccine Information Line is available in more than 300 languages 1-888-999-6488 ( TTY: 1-866-797-0007). Press 3 to ask for a translator in your language.

How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Walk-In: anyone born in 2009 or earlier can now “walk-in” for a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any of the Health Unit vaccination clinics in Cobourg, Fenelon Falls, Minden and Campbellford on scheduled clinic dates. No appointments are needed, but please bring your Ontario Health Card if you have one.
  • NEW! As of Wednesday, Aug. 18, all children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021 will be able to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. They can book an appointment through the Provincial Booking System or walk-in to any local Health Unit vaccination clinic.
  • Book An Appointment: if you are born in 2009 or earlier, you can book through the provincial booking system ( or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

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Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

Information on COVID-19 vaccines including approved vaccines, types of vaccines and on-going safety monitoring can be found here.

About COVID-19 mRNA vaccines

Two of the vaccines approved for use in Canada are messenger RNA vaccines (called mRNA vaccines):

mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine. They don’t use live virus to trigger an immune response. Instead, they teach your cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response. Once triggered, your body makes antibodies. These antibodies help you fight the infection if the real virus does enter your body in the future. Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for quite some time. For example, they’ve been studied for use in flu, Zika, rabies and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Researchers have also used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target certain cancer cells. mRNA vaccines can be developed faster than traditional methods because they’re made in a lab using materials that are easily available. Once developed, large-scale clinical trials are carried out to show that the vaccine is safe and effective. As with all vaccines, you gain protection from an mRNA vaccine without having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick from the virus. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine itself. Learn more about mRNA vaccines here.

About COVID-19 viral vector-based vaccines

Two of the vaccines approved for use in Canada are viral vector-based vaccines:

These types of vaccines use a harmless virus (in this case, the adenovirus) as a delivery system. This vector virus is not the virus that causes COVID-19. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine itself. Adenoviruses are viruses that cause the common cold. There are many different types, including those that cause colds in humans and those that infect other species. Scientists have been using these viruses for decades to deliver the instructions for proteins. Learn more about viral vector-based vaccines here.


Beginning September 20, 2021, all staff and students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in weekly rapid antigen testing to access to Fleming College campuses.

This testing will be offered by the College. Until fully vaccinated,  students are required to provide proof of a negative test weekly in order to access Fleming College campuses and facilities. These tests will be provided on campus free of charge. Failure to present a negative rapid antigen test weekly will result in the deactivation of your One Card.

 COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing will be provided by Global Health Solutions (GHS) and offered at Sutherland and Frost campuses. Capacity is limited and we encourage you to book a test appointment in advance. Click here to book an appointment.

If you are unable to attend an on-campus testing clinic, you will be responsible for securing a rapid antigen test outside the College at your own expense. They are available at local pharmacies and cost approx. $40. Confirmation of a negative test will need to be submitted to the College via the Fleming Safe app prior to your return to campus.

Testing hours and location

Sutherland – Room A3 140

Monday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Frost – Room 209

Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Individuals are asked to contact Fleming Health Services at 705-324-9144 x 3232 to make arrangements for testing.

Global Health Solutions is providing the point-of-care testing, which generates results in 15 minutes and is 98.1 per cent accurate. The nasal swab collection will be completed by experienced and fully trained nurses using full PPE, including face shields, body gowns, masks, gloves, and disinfecting wipes. Your private health information will be handled per Ontario data privacy laws. You will be required to wait for test results, so plan your time accordingly.

If you receive a positive result, you must immediately inform the College, self-isolate and book an appointment at any public health testing site for confirmation PCR testing. You will not be permitted to remain on campus. Refer to the COVID-19 website for more information. Students shall notify the College by completing the COVID-19 Illness or Exposure Report.

If you have received your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please submit proof of vaccine through the vaccine passport module on the Fleming Safe app at your earliest convenience. Visit the Vaccine Passport website for further details and a visual guide on how to submit forms on the app.

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