Research Study: Rapid Testing for COVID-19

Triple win! Help keep yourself, your community and all of Canada safer by getting tested using a new self-administered system. It’s fast, free and easy to do, and could directly impact the use of self-testing for the general public across Canada.

 

Please note: UBC’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program (for those unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for COVID-19) is completely unrelated to and independent of the present research project to investigate the use of the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Nasal for self-testing in a sample asymptomatic for COVID-19.  The UBC mandatory testing site and the research testing site are separate sites doing testing for different purposes.

*** This rapid test is under review by Health Canada, only those that consent to participate in this study and the collection of research data will have access to the SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self Test Nasal under review. ***

Location and Hours of Operation

  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (second floor – rooms 266-263), 1961 E Mall, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:00AM to 12:30PM and 2:00PM to 4:30PM

 

Why is this Important?

Rapid testing will continue to play an important role in breaking chains of transmission earlier and curbing the spread of the virus. UBC is trying out a new self-administered rapid COVID testing technology, the Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Kit.

Purpose of this Clinic

  • Help keep the UBC campus safer by identifying asymptomatic COVID positive cases, and working with VCH to contact trace and limit transmission.
  • Health Canada has asked UBC to do a clinical trial of the Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test (Nasal) to confirm that adults can administer the test, in the hope that the product could be more widely used across Canada, without the supervision of a Healthcare Professional. UBC will do this by having participants use the swab themselves. The Clinical Team will answer any questions you have and assist you with the data collection.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Anyone who lives, works, or studies at UBC, is over 16 years and less than 80 years of age and asymptomatic for COVID-19 can participate.
  • Those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within the past 30 days are excluded.
  • Individuals can participate regardless of vaccination status.

How it Works

ONE. Register for a Thrive Health account using the Registration Code: UBC-RapidTest2 and schedule appointments online. There are Surveys to complete on UBC Qualtrics related to your first visit at the clinic.

TWO. On the day of your appointment, you’ll be asked to verify your identity and eligibility, and be directed into the sampling room by the clinical team. Please bring your student/employee UBCcard, your Provincial Health Insurance Number and reading glasses if required.

THREE. In the sampling room you will read instructions about how to swab your own nose (only 2 centimetres inside); once you have followed all the steps, a clinical team member will direct you to the waiting room. Here’s a useful video that explains the self-swabbing process. 

FOUR. Enjoy tasty snacks while taking a follow-up survey and waiting 15 minutes. Total testing time is 30 minutes.

FIVE. Book a follow up appointment on another day to continue screening for COVID-19.

This study is conducted by The University of British Columbia (UBC), led by faculty in UBC School of Nursing in collaboration with other UBC faculty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Testing Process and Eligibility

The screening test processes should not be painful. The Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Kit involves inserting a swab 2 centimetres inside your nose. Here’s a video that explains the self-swabbing process. The PCR test (if relevant) is conducted by inserting a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) into your nostril and taking fluid from the back of your nose.

Eligible participants will be asked to register online – this will take about 15 minutes because there is an initial research survey to complete. Total time at the clinic is around 20-30 minutes.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Bring your UBCcard for student, staff, and faculty identification purposes and your Provincial Health Insurance Number (PHN). If you are an international student and don’t have a PHN, please bring information pertaining to your existing insurance plan if possible.

If you need eyeglasses please bring them to the appointment to read instructions and complete surveys.

Anyone who lives, works, or studies at UBC, is over 16 years and less than 80 years of age and asymptomatic for COVID-19 can participate.

Those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within the past 30 days are excluded.

Individuals can participate regardless of vaccination status

No, this study is for asymptomatic persons only. If you are sick, complete the self-assessment on bc.thrive.health/covid19/ and follow Public Health’s directions.

No, participation is voluntary. 

No, the Rapid Test is an antigen test, not an antibody test.

Test Results and Next Steps

YES! Continue to wear a mask and comply with all existing COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines and UBC Rules. You may have screened negative this morning, but you could still be incubating the virus. Also, screening tests are not 100% accurate (does not catch all positive cases). Frequent repeat testing is recommended.

 

You will be given a surgical mask to wear and brought to a private consultation room. A Nurse will perform a Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab for diagnostic confirmatory testing onsite. You do not have to go to your doctor or another testing facility. You will be asked to begin self-isolation while awaiting your confirmatory test results (a process that typically takes up to 48 hours). 

Students Living in UBC Managed Residences: Your identity will be disclosed to UBC Facilities and Building Services and UBC student residence (if you live in UBC owned and operated student residence) so they can implement their COVID-19 safety workplan. Residents will be asked to move into self-isolation accommodation on campus, with the assistance of their Residence Life Manager. Residents can pay for the UBC Self-Isolation Meal Plan through their Residence Meal Plan. Residents would continue to be responsible for their residence accommodations (student housing contract) over their self-isolation period.

Students Living Elsewhere: The clinical team will provide information for self-isolation on site. Resources:

  • If you have health questions, you can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 7-1-1 or contact us through Video Relay Services (VRS). Give VRS the number 604-215-5101 to call us. Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.
  • If you have non-health related questions about topics such as child care, travel or business, call Service BC at 1-888-268-4319.
  • Contact the Director of Student Health Services. This a confidential service available to all UBC Students. 
  • If you are unable to self-isolate in your own home, visit https://www.housing.ubc.ca/self-isolate/vancouver/accommodation/ for options. Any UBC Student utilizing the service may ask for the subsidized rate during their booking request as a one-time-only offer. 

UBC Employees: Employees should contact their manager or supervisor to inform them they will not be able to complete the rest of their shift. Ask someone else to collect your personal items. Do not return to the work area.  

For more information on leaving campus, see the UBC Campus Rules: (point 3.1) https://riskmanagement.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2020/07/COVID19-Campus-Rules.pdf 

Personal identifiers including UBC staff or student number (or email and phone number for those without UBC numbers) will be collected for research purposes only, to link your survey data with your test result data. On a monthly basis, your personal identifiers in the survey data will be replaced with a unique random number (Study ID) and deleted.

 

Registering and Scheduling Appointments

Begin by registering for a Thrive Health account on this page, and then you can book your appointment. Eligible staff can participate without a loss of pay.

Yes! Here’s a PDF with detailed instructions for accessing surveys and setting up your Thrive account.

You can also email jonathan.beaumier@ubc.ca with questions. 

When you log in to your Thrive Health portal, you will see any upcoming appointments you have booked. Click the arrow on the right to view the appointment details; cancel if necessary. 
If you are more than 5 minutes late to your appointment, the clinic may be too busy to accommodate you in another time slot. 
Time slots are also carefully calculated to ensure there is enough room for all participants and clinical staff to be physically distanced, so please be on time for your appointment.

Thrive Health is an e-health provider that has developed a web application for campuses and schools to allow individuals to book and receive results for rapid screening tests for COVID-19. It has passed privacy assessment by the University of British Columbia. Your survey responses are being kept separately, in UBC Qualtrics, as an added layer of data security.

Staff Specific Questions

Yes, your personal information will be kept confidential. Personal identifiers including UBC staff or student number (or email and phone number for those without UBC numbers) will be collected for research purposes only, to link your survey data with your test result data. On a monthly basis, your personal identifiers in the survey data will be replaced with a unique random number (Study ID) and deleted. All participant data will be de-identified after the study ends, meaning we would remove any identifying particulars or details from your participation record to support the research data analysis and interpretation.

The de-identified data will be used to complete statistical analysis and data interpretation by our research project team. This particular research is focused on whether pieces of the data set “tell a story” about COVID-19 test results relative to demographics or survey responses, or both.

Personal identifiers including UBC staff, faculty, or student number (or email and phone number for those without UBC numbers) will be collected for research purposes only, to link your survey data with your test result data. After the clinic site closes, your personal identifiers will be replaced with a unique random number and deleted.

Only senior level researchers on the research project team will have access to the personally identifying data. These individuals will be subject to strict research confidentiality agreements and are prohibited from sharing any confidential data outside the scope of their Research Ethics Board approval.

Our research project team will secure and store all data sets in accordance with UBC research records retention policies. The Thrive application, where registration, appointment bookings and results management occur, will secure and store all data in accordance with the UBC research records retention policies as long as the contract is active, or delete following a complete data set transfer, should the contract become inactive.

If you are an employee and eligible to be tested, you may be tested when deemed operationally convenient by your manager/supervisor, with no loss of pay.

Please ensure you are eligible at https://www.housing.ubc.ca/rapidtest/. This website will provide you with explicit directions on what to do to participate, should you be eligible.

As an employer, UBC would only receive de-identified data pertaining to a positive result by department-level only. Your personal information will be kept confidential. All participant data will be de-identified, meaning we would remove any identifying particulars or details from your participation record to support the research data analysis and interpretation. Test results can only be seen by the clinical leadership team and the person receiving the test within Thrive. Managers and supervisors will not be notified of test results.

Should you test positive for COVID-19 under this research initiative, you will be given direction by the onsite Registered Nurse to self-isolate in accordance with public health standards. As with any illness, you will need to inform your Supervisor that you can no longer attend work due to illness. It is your decision to self-report your illness as potentially COVID-19 to your Supervisor or not. You can review the COVID-19 sick leave benefits here by collective bargaining unit. Further details on paid sick leave can be found here.