Province-wide Public Health Order

Last updated: Sept. 2, 2021.

We hope that your summer is going well. Please note some important changes to the current Public Health Order (PHO) in place for our region and the province of BC. These changes are in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.


Vaccine Passports

Students living in student housing are required to provide proof of vaccination in order to obtain their BC Vaccine Card. The BC Vaccine Card requirement is different from UBC’s rapid testing program. We recognize that we need to allow for a transition period beyond September 7 for those students who are arriving from outside BC and Canada, to give them an opportunity to access vaccinations and obtain a BC Vaccine Card. Specific updates will be provided to students as they become available, to help navigate this requirement. More information on how to obtain a BC Vaccine Card once it is available can be found at

If you were vaccinated in another province or country, no matter what vaccine you received, you may upload your information in order to obtain your BC Vaccine Card. If you need a BC Personal Health Number to upload your information, call a BC Services agent at: 1-888-268-4319 then upload at

Guests and Gatherings

Organized indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people. Organized outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people with an approved safety plan.

Residents of each unit may have the occupants of one other private residence OR a maximum of five people as guests in their accommodation. This applies to the entire accommodation meaning that Residents with roommates must coordinate with their roommates to ensure the total number of guests does not exceed the limit. All persons in the residence unit must wear masks, or be 2 metres apart, at all times.

Health and Safety

If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately


First and second vaccine doses are available for all adults living in B.C. In partnership with UBC Okanagan, Interior Health is offering free, drop-in COVID-19 vaccination on campus this fall. The first clinic will take place Monday August 30th in Nechako Residence from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For a limited time, students can also access express-line service at the off-campus Trinity Hall immunization clinic in Kelowna.

Non-medical Masks

Masks are required in all public indoor settings across BC. Please ensure that you wear a mask when inside all UBC Residence, Food Services and Academic spaces.

Rapid Testing

Rapid testing is available on campus. Testing is quick, convenient and confidential. Appointments can be booked online in advance.



If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact  Student Housing or connect with other campus  resources .  We thank you for doing your part to help ensure that health and safety of our community.

Stay healthy and enjoy summer!

Student Housing