Vaccine declaration

It is mandatory for SFU community members to submit Vaccine Declarations. Declarations are used to inform SFU’s Safety Plan to encourage the community to get vaccinated and to help SFU plan for safety measures on campus including rapid screening. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19.

Who needs to complete the declaration?

All students, staff and faculty must submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Declaration. 

Submit your vaccine declaration

How it works

You can submit your vaccination status on the secure Thrive Health – SFU Vaccine Declaration website or email your completed Vaccine Declaration form to

There are four options when you submit your declaration:

  • Yes, I’m fully vaccinated
  • No, I am partially vaccinated
  • No, I am not vaccinated
  • Prefer not to answer

The process is confidential and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your status, you will receive reminders about rapid screening. If you are vaccinated, you must now submit proof of vaccination. 


If you have declared you are vaccinated you must submit a photo of your BC Vaccine Card to show proof of vaccination by November 5, 2021.

Take the following steps to submit a photo of your BC Vaccine Card:

1.     Log into the Thrive website.

2.     Select “Update your vaccination declaration form.”

3.     You will have to reselect your vaccination status: Yes, I am fully vaccinated or No, I am partially vaccinated.

4.     Upload a photo of your BC Vaccine Card.

5.     Check off the acknowledgement and select SUBMIT.

See the screen shots on How to upload Proof of Vaccination for more information. 

What's next? 

We will conduct an audit in November to ensure the accuracy of the submissions.


Rapid Screening

Rapid screening is being offered to students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated, or who choose not to declare their vaccination status. Visit the Rapid Screening page to learn more. 

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated when you are 14 days past:

  • The second dose of a Health Canada-approved two-dose vaccine
  • The second dose of a two different Health Canada-approved vaccines (i.e. first dose AstraZeneca, second dose Pfizer)
  • One dose of a Health Canada-approved single-dose vaccine.

Were you vaccinated outside of Canada?

About SFU’s Thrive Health - Vaccine Declaration website

The secure website is available on your smartphone and desktop. Once you have completed your initial set-up, you can re-enter the site to update your status (for example, a second dose of an approved vaccine). You can also use the site to complete your daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment before coming to campuses.

The site is hosted on Thrive-BC, a secure, third-party app that meets the privacy standards set out in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The app is also being used by Public Health and a number of other post-secondary institutions in BC, including UBC and UVic. Learn more about how information will be collected and shared using Thrive Health.


What specific information will be shared with SFU?

  1. Employee or student ID number for those who self-declared either “not fully vaccinated” or “prefer not to disclose”, without identifying which of those options was declared.
  2. Employee or student ID number of those who have not self-declared.
  3. Aggregate, non-personalized data about how the community has self-declared.

*see October 22, 2021 update below.

Who at SFU will have access to this information?

Two designated employees, one to extract a contact list, and one to send the emails.

*see October 22, 2021 update below.

For what purpose is this information being gathered?

Self-declarations and proof of vaccination are being collected for the purpose of enabling SFU to provide individuals with education and resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. Aggregate data will be used to plan the provision of, and monitor the safety of, in-person services across SFU campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information will be used to support the application of SFU policies and health and safety plans and procedures.

How is it confidential if my answers may lead to "receiving reminders about ..."?

Self-declaration information entered into Thrive will be kept secure and confidential from those in the SFU community. The information submitted will not be shared with one’s colleagues, peers, supervisors, professors, etc.

* October 22, 2021 Update: In order to comply with the Order of the Provincial Health Officer, HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY (HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES) COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS INFORMATION AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES – OCTOBER 21, 2021, (the "Order") SFU is required to collect, store, and disclose proof of vaccination status for certain members of the SFU community who provide health care services in a care facility. Therefore, SFU's Director of Health & Counselling, Steward of Electronic Medical Records, was given administrative access to information stored in Thrive in order to confirm proof of vaccination for those care providers who fall under the Order.

How and until which time will this information be used?

SFU is required by FIPPA to retain for one year any personal information that is used by SFU “to make a decision that directly affects the individual”, for example, a decision related to planning the provision of services on campus, or a decision about whether an individual is emailed notices and reminders. These records will not be retained longer than necessary for their use or as required by law.

Get vaccinated

We encourage all members of our community who can to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. SFU is offering walk-in vaccination clinics on the Burnaby and Surrey campuses in addition to the clinics offered by local health authorities throughout the Lower Mainland.

Get vaccinated today


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