COVID-19 VACCINATION GUIDELINE

Introduction

In accordance to the Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Fall 2021 set out by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CICAPP) Board of Directors has set the following guidelines:

The health and safety of the Institute community is a primary consideration for the Board of Directors of CICAPP.

CICAPP will continue to comply with and align its approach with applicable public health legislation, directives, and guidelines as the 2021-2022 academic year commences.

CICAPP is committed to accessibility and equity and is cognizant of the unique needs of different stakeholders.

Through this Vaccination Guideline, CICAPP promotes a supportive and respectful environment acknowledging individual health needs.

CICAPP may issue further guidance and instructions regarding this Vaccination Guideline, both generally and with respect to specific Institute activities (for example attending in-person conferences).

At all times, CICAPP will be guided by public health information, legislative/regulatory requirements, and its obligations under, among others, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Public health guidance on measures for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated individuals may continue to evolve and could affect this Vaccination Guideline

Requirements

  1. General

    a. Wearing a mask is required at all times while on CICAPP premises. This applies to all persons on premises, including all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors.

    b. Maintain physical distance whenever possible while being involved in any in-person activities on Institute premises, or while treating training cases on external sites, including but not limited to schools, community agencies, and private practice offices.

    c. Proof of full vaccination is required for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on Institute premises, or while treating training cases on external sites, including but not limited to schools, community agencies, and private practice offices (with the rare exception of those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to medically-approved exemptions).

    d. Proof of negative testing results is required for all individuals who have been approved by CICAPP for an exemption while involved in any in-person activities, or while treating training cases on external sites, including but not limited to schools, community agencies, and private practice offices.

  2. Exemptions: CICAPP will consider, on an individual basis, written requests for exemptions on rare medical grounds or religious/creed exemptions protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The exemption forms will require individuals to provide sufficient supporting information in order to assess the request, including:

    a. Medical: written proof of a medical reason (including a diagnosed disability, with diagnosis not required to be provided) from a physician or registered nurse that includes the effective time period for the medical reason.

    b. Religion/Creed: written explanation, including background on the religious belief/creed and connection of the religious belief/creed to the reason they are requesting an exemption. The explanation must be sworn or attested before a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary Public.

    c. Proof: Individuals involved in any in-person activities on premise will be required to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated in accordance with directions provided by CICAPP from time to time, unless they have been granted an exemption under 2(a) or (b), above.

  3. Additional Measures: Individuals who have been approved by CICAPP for an exemption or are awaiting their final dosage or received their final dose within the last 14 days must:

    a. Adhere to additional health and safety measures, including serial and frequent rapid screening, no less than twice every seven days, including verification of the negative result; and

    b. In the case of individuals who are seeking a vaccination exemption, undertake an educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, which includes how the COVID-19 vaccine works, vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, the benefit of vaccination against COVID-19, the risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19, and possible side effects of COVID-19.

  4. Timeline: Unless granted an exemption by CICAPP in accordance with Section 2 above, individuals involved in any in-person activities on premises are required to be fully vaccinated.

  5. Personal Information: Personal information such as vaccine status, rapid screening results and proof of vaccination will be collected, stored, and used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  6. Enforcement: As part of its approach to enforcing this Vaccination Guideline, CICAPP will educate the community about the benefits of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequences for violation of this Vaccination Guideline will depend on the individual’s relationship with CICAPP and the relevant circumstances but may include, in the case of:

    a. Employees: prohibition from attending CICAPP premises and discipline up to and including termination of employment.

    b. Students: prohibition from attending CICAPP premises, in-person activities, or treating CICAPP training case on external premises, and discipline up to and including expulsion from the Institute, in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures, guidelines or memoranda of agreement, if any.