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COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces/Post-Secondary Institutions

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The purpose of this Screening Tool is to help you decide if you are able to attend school or go to work. This screening tool should be completed daily before attending school or work.

If you are completing this tool for your child, please use the School/Child Care Screening Tool. If you are a high school/work student, please use the High School/work Screening Tool.

No personal information is requested when completing this tool, which means that you cannot be personally identified or linked to your responses It is recommended that you or your parent/guardian contact a healthcare provider if you have more questions about your health. This tool is subject to change as further guidance from the Ministry of Health and evidence related to COVID-19 risks becomes available.

Please note: A variety of factors (including underlying health conditions) can increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and general guidance may not always apply well to individual situations. Every individual needs to take into account their personal risk factors when deciding whether it is safe for them to attend or work in a particular place. OPH recommends the CDC website to all persons wishing to better understand their personal risks from COVID-19 infection.

You can go to school/work if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and is experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:

  • Headache (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, or other known causes or conditions you already have).)
  • Extreme tiredness (Unusual fatigue, lack of energy, poor feeding in infants (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid disfunction, sudden injury, or other known causes or conditions you already have).)
  • Muscle aches/joint pain (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to sudden injury, fibromyalgia, or other known causes or conditions you already have).)

*Please note, fully vaccinated means that it has been at least 14 days since you received:

  • the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., 2 doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD, OR 1 dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]) or any combination of such vaccines, OR ​
  • one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Sinopharm) followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) OR
  • three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Abdala).​

If you are immunocompromised (e.g., organ or stem cell transplantation recipients, undergoing chemotherapy or immunosuppressive therapies) you are still advised to self-isolate after being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you have any questions, please discuss with your doctor or healthcare provider or call Ottawa Public Health 613-580-6744.

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