Tag Archives: COVID-19

Back by popular demand: Covid-19 vaccinations on campus

Have you had your Covid-19 vaccination yet? Now is your time – the vaccination clinic on campus will be back on Friday 29 October! 

So if you’re looking for a place to get your first dose, or it’s time to get your second, pop into the clinic in Haere-roa: 

Friday 29 October
10am-12pm (Māori and Pasifika clinic)

You can just drop in, you don’t need to make an appointment. These clinics are for everyone in the UC community, so please bring along your friends and family. The team will make sure you’re well looked after. We’ll have free kai for those getting vaccinated too.  

Please make sure you wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times. 

Read more about the Covid-19 vaccination here> 

Super Saturday – get vaccinated

With summer just 8 weeks away, we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now. This will ensure everyone can get two doses and enjoy everything a classic Kiwi summer has to offer.

Here’s the bottom line – the more of us that are fully vaccinated, the more protection we’ll have against Covid-19 and the more freedom we’ll have as we work our way back to reopening the country safely.

We all have a role to play in getting our friends, whānau and communities vaccinated – this is why we’re joining the Canterbury District Health Board in asking you in supporting our national day of action this Saturday 16 October – Super Saturday.

Covid-19 vaccinations on campus – Tues 5, Weds 6 and Thurs 7 October

Have you had your Covid-19 vaccination yet? 

Pop into the vaccination clinics at Haere-roa: 

Tuesday 5 October

Wednesday 6 October
10am-2pm (Māori and Pasifika clinic)

Thursday 7 October
11am – 3pm

You can just drop in, you don’t need to make an appointment. These clinics are for everyone in the UC community, so please bring along your friends and family. The team will make sure you’re well looked after. We’ll have free kai for those getting vaccinated too.  

Please make sure you wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times. 

Parking and transport 

You’ll be able park for free at the UCSA carpark on 5 and 6 October if you’re getting vaccinated.  

If you need help getting to the clinics, UC Security will be running a free transport service for people who live near to campus.  Spots are limited so book now by calling 0800 826 637.

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

Tertiary education workers now eligible for priority vaccination

Kia ora koutou,

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that any person employed by and working on site at a tertiary education organisation, including tertiary accommodation services staff, are now eligible for priority vaccination.

University of Canterbury staff should book their appointments through bookmyvaccine.nz in the first instance. If for any reason you can’t find an appointment within two weeks, call the Covid vaccination healthline on 0800 29 29 26.

Please let the call taker know you’re an essential education worker, so your vaccination can be prioritised.

There’s a wide range of places you can be vaccinated around Aotearoa New Zealand and Ōtautahi Christchurch, including drive-through centres, marae-based centres, general practices, community pharmacies and Pacific health providers.

It’s extremely important that everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand does their best to get vaccinated, if they can. This is especially true for our Māori and Pacific communities; for information on Māori and Pasifika vaccination centres in Ōtautahi Christchurch, click here>

For additional information on Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid vaccination process, click here>

For more on the priority vaccination process for tertiary education workers, visit the TEC website.

Ngā mihi,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller

Covid-19 update – What Alert Level 2 will look like at UC

Kia ora koutou, 

We are getting there! Regions outside of Auckland will shift into Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 7 September, with a review of settings on Monday 13 September. Auckland will remain in Alert Level 4 until Monday 13 September; we extend our aroha and care to our colleagues who are based in Auckland – stay safe up there and please reach out if you need support.

Return to campus
UC will reopen from tomorrow, allowing time for a phased and safe return to campus, and adherence to the updated guidelines that minimise risk and help Aotearoa to fight Covid-19.

We have done this before. You may remember from last year’s return to campus in Alert Level 2 that line managers submitted Health and Safety plans before staff returned. These plans are underway again, with support from People & Culture, and are being updated for the current situation.

Before coming back to campus, please check that your manager’s Health and Safety plan has been completed.

Some of us will be eager to get back to campus and our familiar office environment, while others may need more time – if that is you and your role permits it, please discuss working from home with your manager.

Alert Level 2 guidelines
We understand from the TEC’s most recent guidance (6 September) that the following guidelines apply. TEC guidelines are updated here.

  • Class sizes: The social gathering limits of 50 indoors at Alert Level 2 do not apply to education-related gatherings. We are awaiting further guidance from the TEC on appropriate limits on class sizes and physical distancing requirements and will update you as soon as possible regarding what this means for in-person class.
  • Contact-tracing: remains critical. UC is responsible for ensuring detailed contact tracing information for every student, staff member, and visitor on campus. You are required to scan the QR codes as you move about campus, including rooms, buildings and all social and eating areas. Please check that Bluetooth has been enabled on the app.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings mustbe worn in libraries, student health services, pharmacies, banks, and other retailers on campus. Face coverings are strongly recommended at all other times, including in teaching and learning spaces, research and laboratory spaces, and shared office spaces where practicable, but they are not mandatory. If in doubt, best to wear a face covering.
  • Conducting research: All research and related activities are allowed, provided public health control measures for TEOs are in place. At UC, research groups can return to campus if there is an approved Alert Level 2 Health and Safety plan approved.
  • Noho marae:Overnight noho marae will not be permitted at Alert Level 2, due to the increased risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Teaching and learning

  • Please keep your LEARN sites updated as this is where students will look for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online and will also be held in-person (where possible) from Monday 13 September. However, students will be encouraged to attend lectures online to reduce demand for seats in lecture theatres.
  • Labs and small specialist classes will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. In this case students who haven’t brought their own masks can obtain one from the security office.
  • Tests and exams may go ahead in person, with physical distancing if possible, but an online option will be made available for those who cannot attend in person or if room capacities do not allow. 
  • Assessment due dates will not change.
  • Students who are unable to come to campus due to being at Level 4 in Auckland or due to health concerns will be accommodated via online learning and online versions of any assessment. Students are required to notify their course coordinators as soon as possible if they are unable to come back to campus.
  • Please keep in mind students who would like to be back but must remain in Auckland due to Level 4 restrictions. Many may be concerned that they are being disadvantaged. An encouraging message and support to those students would be welcome.

The Central Library in Puaka-James Hight will open from 10am – 5pm on Thursday 9 September and Friday 10 September. The Central Library will then be closed over the weekend and will reopen on Monday 13 September. EPS and Macmillan Brown Libraries will open on Tuesday 14 September. Online services will continue to be available as usual.

For more information on library hours click here.

UC Rec&Sport
The team is planning to open on Thursday 9 September at 6am – please check the UC Rec&Sport webpage for updates.

Haere-roa and cafes
Haere-roa will reopen for study from 8am on Monday 13 September. Cafes will also begin to reopen, with Café 101 reopening on Wednesday 8 September and most UCSA cafes reopening on Monday with slightly reduced hours – check here for more. The Foundry will open from 2pm – 7pm on Friday 10 September.

Based on current health guidance regarding ventilation UC is adjusting their mechanical ventilation systems to increase fresh air flow into buildings where possible. The changes are aimed at limiting the airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus and will be implemented by the FM team over the coming days. This process may result in some changes to building temperature. If you have any questions send them to FMAssist@canterbury.ac.nz

Travel recommendations
Under Alert Level 2, domestic business travel may proceed but only with SLT approval, if deemed essential, and only to other regions under Alert Level 1 or Alert Level 2.

Face covering exemption
A medical assessment is not needed for a face covering exemption, so please don’t refer students to the Health Centre for a certificate.

You can book an appointment to get your vaccine now. You don’t need to use sick leave to attend a vaccination appointment or to take a family member to be vaccinated.

Covid-19 basics
The Ministry of Health continues to remind everyone to please remain vigilant and stick to the basics:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or Covid-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about getting tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate, you legally must do so immediately.

Additional resources:

As we transition back to Alert Level 2, IMT remains in control until Monday 13 September.

Today’s email to all students is here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we respond to a fast-changing situation. Give yourselves a pat on the back for getting this far and hopefully we will see you back on campus soon.

Ngā mihi,

Iain MacPherson
Incident Controller