Brock University Rapid Antigen Screening Program

As of Tuesday, Sept. 7, Brock University’s vaccine mandate takes effect. You will need to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption in order to come to campus. Students, faculty and staff are required to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Sept. 1 and their second dose by Sept. 28.

If you are required to be on campus as of Monday, Sept. 13, you must ensure you have declared your vaccination status and picked up a Rapid Antigen Screen Kit from Kenmore Centre (KC 120) on the main St. Catharines campus. Please use the Brock University Rapid Antigen Screen app to schedule a pickup. Walk-ins will also be permitted provided they are registered in the system via the vaccination declaration process. The Kenmore Centre pickup location will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Brock students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated (14 days after second dose) by Sept. 7 will not be required to take part in the Brock Rapid Antigen Screening program.

Those who are partially vaccinated (awaiting their second dose by Sept. 28) will be subject to rapid antigen screening until two weeks after their second dose.

Those who meet specific and limited medical or human rights accommodation criteria will be subject to ongoing rapid antigen screening.

Anyone required to take part in the Rapid Antigen Screening program will need to complete at-home, self-administered rapid antigen testing twice per week prior to coming onto campus.

Below are important initial details about Brock’s Rapid Antigen Screening program:

  • Brock University will use Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Nasal Test Devices
  • Brock Rapid Antigen program facilitators will be distributing one box of 25 screening kits to each student, faculty and staff member who qualify for the program.
  • Each screening session takes approximately 15 mins to complete, including administering the test and confirming the results. All screens will be conducted at home.
  • All screen results will have personal identification information removed and then the data is shared with Health Canada.

Steps to take part in the Brock Rapid Antigen Screening program

Declare your vaccination status through the Brock Vaccination Declaration Form.

​You will receive an automated email regarding your enrollment in the Rapid Antigen Screening Program. Once verified, you will be granted access to the Microsoft Power Apps within 48 hrs and can use the app to schedule a Rapid Antigen Screening kit pickup.

Download Microsoft Power Apps from the app store to your phone for either Apple iOS devices here or Android devices here.

How to use Microsoft Power Apps and the BrockU Rapid Antigen Screening app:

If you are required to be on campus as of Monday, Sept. 13, you must ensure you have declared your vaccination status and picked up a Rapid Antigen Screen Kit from Kenmore Centre (KC 120) on the main St. Catharines campus. Please use the Brock University Rapid Antigen Screen app to schedule a pickup. Walk-ins will also be permitted provided they are registered in the system via the vaccination declaration process. The Kenmore Centre pickup location will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The test kits need to be stored in an environment of 2 to 30 degrees. Inside the test kit box will be an instruction card with information on how to self-administer the screen.

Select two mornings per week that you will set aside 15 mins to conduct a self-administered rapid antigen test. Try to schedule your tests 48 to 72 hours apart and stay consistent in your schedule.

Use your BrockU Rapid Antigen Screening app and follow the instructions and embedded video to guide your self-administered screen. Collect your sample and start your 15 minute timer within the app. You must start the timer and allow the 15 minutes to expire in order to submit your test results. Once the timer has expired, submit your test result using the dropdown menu and upload a photo of the results with the date written on the Abbot Panbio Test Strip.

Watch the video below prior to self-screening.

Ontario Health Rapid Antigen Screening Video

How to handle the results

  1. If your screening is negative, you must still follow public health guidelines on campus such as the requirement to wear face mask and participate in active or passive screening.
  2. If you receive an inconclusive result, complete another screen.
  3. If you screen presumptive positive and are a student:
    • Self-Isolate and book a COVID-19 PCR test immediately (day of or as soon as possible). Information about how to book this test can be found at on.ca/site/assessmentcentres
    • Contact the Student Health Services COVID Nurse at covid19@brocku.ca and let them know about your presumptive positive results.
    • If your PCR test is negative, isolate until 24hrs after symptoms resolve for respiratory and 48hrs for gastrointestinal.
    • If your PCR test is positive, you are required to notify the COVID nurse at covid19@brocku.ca immediately and continue to isolate following public health direction.
  4. If you screen presumptive positive and are an employee:
    • Self-Isolate and book a COVID-19 PCR test through public health immediately (day of or as soon as possible). Information about how to book this test can be found at on.ca/site/assessmentcentres
    • Notify your immediate supervisor that you need to self-isolate, contact employeehealth@brocku.ca by email to notify them and log the scenario in the Brock DB COVID Reporting Tool mybrocku.ca.
    • If your COVID-19 PCR test is negative, isolate until 24hrs after symptoms resolve for respiratory and 48hrs for gastrointestinal.
    • If your COVID-19 PCR test is positive, you are required to notify your immediate supervisor of your ongoing need to self-isolate and contact employeehealth@brocku.ca by email to notify them.

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to FAQs page for more information and contact the Rapid Antigen Screening staff at rapidantigen@brocku.ca if you require assistance.