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Here’s your shot to get vaccinated against Covid-19!

Kia ora koutou, 

Following the Government announcement at 1pm today, after two confirmed cases in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Waitaha Canterbury will maintain Covid Alert Level 2 – there are no major exposure events linked to the cases. See locations of interest and all the latest information on the Government Covid-19 website.

Heading into examinations, this is an unsettling time for students, please consider this when messaging students. If there are any students in your classes who need support during this time you can direct them to UC support services. You can find the all student email sent today here.

Remember to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 by following these simple steps – wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and good hygiene, stay home if sick, keep track of where you’ve been using the NZ COVID Tracer app and get vaccinated.

Pop-up vaccination clinic

Earlier this month, in partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board, the Ministry of Health and UCSA, the University of Canterbury hosted a Covid-19 vaccination clinic on campus vaccinating over 2000 people in three days.

Now, due to popular demand, the pop-up clinic is returning to campus this Friday 29 October.

Friday 29 October – Haere-roa

  • 10am – 12pm [Māori and Pasifika Clinic]
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • Free kai!

No booking is needed but please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Bring your friends, your whānau, your flatmates, workmates – anyone! The clinic is open to the whole community and walk-ins are welcome.

Two shots for summer
Vaccination is your key to unlocking the classic Aotearoa New Zealand summer. So, if you’re due for your second vaccination, or you’re keen to get your first out of the way so you can book your second and ensure you’re fully vaccinated before Christmas – this is your shot.

Let’s do our bit to hit 90%

The University of Canterbury strongly encourages staff and students to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Reaching the 90% vaccination target will help Aotearoa New Zealand return to a more normal way of life sooner.

While the decision to vaccinate is yours alone, it’s important to remember that by being vaccinated you’re not just protecting yourself; you’re also reducing the risk of passing Covid-19 to your whānau, friends and the community.

For additional information on the Covid-19 vaccination, click here>

Kia kaha koutou,

Paul O’Flaherty
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata
​Executive Director People, Culture and Campus

UC Community turns out in droves for pop-up vaccination clinic

In partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board [CDHB] and the UCSA, the University of Canterbury were proud to host a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic on campus this week.

Initially planned to be held over Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October, the popularity of the clinic on day one – in addition to overwhelming demand – saw the clinic extended to a third day, Thursday 7 October.

Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, President of Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association, enjoys the kai provided to vaccination clinic attendees

A ‘drop-in’ centre where all were welcome, we were thrilled to confirm that approximately 2,000 vaccinations were administered across the three days the clinic was hosted on campus.

The University believes having a high number of vaccinated Cantabrians is important for the health and wellbeing of our local, national and international communities, as well as ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand can reopen safely, both domestically and internationally.

As we shared across our social media channels earlier this week – proud doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about this week’s vaccination clinic turn out. To our staff, students and community – thank you.

Here’s just a taste of the great media coverage our pop-up clinic received this week:

If you received your first vaccine this week and you haven’t already booked your second, follow this link>

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

 

Covid-19 update: campus vaccination clinic opens today

The University of Canterbury remains under Delta Alert Level 2.

Please continue to maintain social distancing, use good hygiene practices, wear face coverings, stay home if you’re unwell and if you have cold or flu symptoms, call your GP or Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice.

Vaccination clinic
Having the majority of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 will determine how quickly Aotearoa New Zealand returns to a more ‘normal’ way of life.

Whether you need your first Covid vaccination or it’s time to have your second, head to Haere-roa today or Wednesday and the team will get you sorted.

  • Tuesday 5 October: 11am – 5pm
  • Wednesday 6 October: 10am – 2pm [Māori and Pasifika clinic] and 2pm – 7pm

There’s no need to book for the campus clinic, just drop in with your friends, colleagues, family or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Those getting vaccinated on the dates above are welcome to park FREE in the Haere-roa carpark.

  • For further information on the pop-up vaccination clinic, click here>
  • KiwiRail are offering their 7 October clinic to the public also, more here>
  • For information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

Events under Alert Level 2
Event restrictions imposed under Alert Level 2 will impact many of our traditional end of year events unless we’re able to move to Alert Level 1. Here’s what this means for the UC community:

UC Students’ Association (UCSA) Tea Party
The UCSA will advise students by 18 October as to whether this year’s Tea Party will proceed. If cancelled, all tickets will be refunded in full. For the latest updates, head to: https://ucsa.org.nz/teaparty

Graduation
To allow sufficient time for our students’ family, whānau and friends to book and/or make changes to flights and accommodation, the University will advise on 15 November as to whether the December graduation ceremonies will proceed.

If Ōtautahi Christchurch has not reached Alert Level 1 by this date, December’s ceremonies will be cancelled, and all qualifications will be conferred in absentia. Read more here>

Please refer any students with questions or concerns to the Graduation Office.
 

Today’s email to all students is here>

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Covid-19 update: 28 September 2021

Kia ora koutou, 

Earlier today, the Prime Minister announced further travel exemptions for those within Alert Level 3. This includes UC students who will be able to return to flats and halls of residence outside of Auckland, from 11.59pm this evening.

Before they can travel, students will be required to:

  • Contact their accommodation provider to confirm they will be returning
  • Complete a negative Covid-19 test before they leave, and present it at the border

Returning students are not required to self-isolate upon their return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, however accommodation providers are encouraged to view evidence of the students’ negative Covid-19 tests, following their arrival.

Further information on permitted travel under Alert Level 3 can be found here>

This page should be updated within the next 24 hours.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) are in the process of updating guidance to reflect these changes and will share this information, once it has received Ministry of Health sign off.

Vaccination clinic
A reminder that a pop-up vaccination clinic will run in Haere-roa next week.

  • Tuesday 5 October: 11am – 5pm
  • Wednesday 6 October: 10am – 2pm [Māori and Pasifika clinic] and 2pm – 7pm

There’s no need to book, just drop in with your friends, colleagues, family or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Those getting vaccinated on the dates above are welcome to park FREE in the Haere-roa carpark. Additionally, UC Security have free transport service for those who live in suburbs around campus and need help getting to the clinic. Spots are limited so book now by calling 0800 823 637.

  • For further information on the pop-up vaccination clinic, click here>
  • For information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Correction: Covid-19 update: 23 September 2021

The University of Canterbury is currently operating under Covid Alert Level 2.

We’re pleased to update you on the following information, which has been confirmed since our email on Monday, and Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 22 September.

Vaccination clinic:
A pop-up Covid vaccination clinic will run in Haere-roa from 11am-5pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October.

There’s no need to book, just drop in with your friends, colleagues, family or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

Travel:
Following Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3, and the finalisation of the Health Order, Cabinet have confirmed that updated rules for cross-boundary travel will prevent anyone from travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 3 area.

Unfortunately, this means University of Canterbury students currently based in Auckland will be unable to return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, and the UC campus, at this time.

While there is precedent for permitted movement to attend an education entity, ‘the education entity must be within the same or adjacent region within the Alert Level 3 area’, which excludes travel to Ōtautahi Christchurch. For more on regional travel at Alert Level 3, click here>

We encourage any Auckland-based students to join the new, private UCSA Facebook group, 09 Lockdown Lowdown, so they can chat and stay connected. The student exec are online also. The vibe in the group is relaxed and it is a space where students can share anything from a study tip or challenge to a recipe and more. Join 09 Lockdown Lowdown here>

End of year exams:
Exam seating requirements have been reduced from 1.5 metres to 1 metre, which means that if we are operating at Covid Level 1 or 2 during the examination period, we can now accommodate more face-to-face examinations. 

As is currently the case, face-to-face examinations should only be requested if uninvigilated online or respondus monitor invigilated examinations are not feasible for the course. 

A move to face-to-face exams still requires an application to the Executive Dean/PVC by 28 September 2021 and the Examinations office by 29 September 2021, so students can be notified by 1 October. 

Any approved face-to-face exams must be submitted to the Examinations Office in the usual way, by 12 October 2021.

An online option will be required for those students who are unable to come to campus due to travel restrictions or health concerns and will need to be available for all students if the country moves to Covid Level 3 or 4 during the exam period. 

Online exams for all courses need to be checked and operational on AKO | LEARN by 12 October.

The updated TEC guidance is available here>

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

You can find the All Student email here> 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.