Rapid COVID-19 Screening Tests

Help keep yourself and your community safer by registering for recurring rapid COVID-19 screening tests between Feb. 9 and April 8, 2021. It’s easy, quick, comfortable, free and involves taking a simple nasal swab from the front of your nose. All eligible students who register will be entered to win one of 3 Beats Pro Headphones OR Apple AirPod Pros.*

This voluntary initiative will help make first-year residence safer by identifying positive cases and interrupting possible chains of transmission. It is a collaboration between the Federal and Provincial Governments, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health, UBC’s School of Nursing and Student Housing and Community Services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UBC students and staff who live or work in first-year residence (Orchard Commons and həm̓ləsəm̓ House in Totem Park), Thunderbird Residence, Fraser Hall Residence or Fairview Crescent Residence.
  • UBC students and staff who have been asked or encouraged by a Public Health Authority to get a screening test at Orchard Commons.
  • Must be over 16 years of age.
  • Those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within the past 90 days are excluded.

How It Works

ONE. Register and schedule your recurring appointments online: twice a week, with at least one day between appointments. Screening tests take place in Orchard Commons (3rd floor classroom area) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9:00am-12:40pm and 2:00pm-4:40pm.

TWO. Get rapid-tested (mid-nasal swab). The entire process takes 20-30 minutes. Bring your student/staff UBCcard and your Provincial Health Insurance Number. Arrive on time (or a few minutes early). If you are more than 5 minutes late you will likely be rescheduled. Bring small essentials only, not large backpacks or coats that will not be worn during your appointment.

THREE. Enjoy tasty snacks while waiting 15 minutes for your result.

FOUR. Continue to get tested twice a week until April 8, 2021

Learn more by reviewing our comprehensive FAQs or checking out our walk-through video.

Five Great Reasons to Get Tested

ONE. It’s fast, easy and comfortable. Using BD Veritor Plus testing kits, nasal swabs only enter the med-section of the nose. You’ll get results in about 15 minutes, and the whole process takes 20 to 30 minutes.

TWO. Research. Register and you’ll be a part of Canada’s first field study using BD Veritor Plus tests in student residences.

THREE. Exclusive snacks. Each time you go in for a test you’ll have access to treats only available to participants.

FOUR. Prize draws. All participating residents are entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 Apple AirPods Pros or Bose Pro Headphones. The more times you get tested the greater your odds of winning!

FIVE. And the most important reason: rapid screening tests will help keep residents safer by testing more rapidly and frequently, thereby identifying positive cases earlier and interrupting possible chains of transmission.

Your Privacy

UBC’s School of Nursing and Student Housing and Community Services uses this website to collect personal information, including your name, email address, student number, staff number and phone number. This information will be used for the purposes of booking appointments for COVID-19 rapid screening tests.

If you test positive during a COVID-19 rapid screening test, the clinical testing team will inform the following people: 1) Residence Life Manager; 2) Dr. Michael Schwandt, Vancouver Coastal Medical Health Officer; 3) Dr. Marc Romney, St. Paul’s laboratory. You will then get a diagnostic test onsite, conducted by a Registered Nurse, who sends the test to Vancouver Coastal Health for analysis.

The above information is collected under the authority of Sections 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). It will be stored in a secure location inside Canada. It will be kept strictly confidential, except as described above or where required to fulfill legal obligations.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the information collected, or the privacy and security of that information, email Sabrina Wong at the UBC’s School of Nursing or email Student Housing and Community Services.

Register and Schedule Appointments

Please tick the box below to begin the registration/scheduling process.

*The more times you get tested, the higher your chance of winning a prize. No purchase necessary. Three prizes, each valued at approximately $300. All winners selected from B.C. residents. Odds of winning are roughly 1 in 300. Official Contest Rules

Frequently Asked Questions

Testing Process and Eligibility

The BD Veritor™ Plus System for Rapid Detection. It is a simple to administer point-of-care antigen screening test that delivers results in about 15 minutes. The test uses a mid-nasal swab to collect patient samples.

The screening test process should not be painful. A mid-nasal swab will be inserted a short distance into your nostril to collect a nasal sample. You will be asked to remain in the waiting area for about 15 minutes until your test result is available. Total testing time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Bring your UBCcard for student and staff 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.

  • UBC students and staff who live or work in first-year residence (Orchard Commons and həm̓ləsəm̓ House in Totem Park), Thunderbird Residence, Fraser Hall Residence aor Fairview Crescent Residence.
  • UBC students and staff who have been asked or encouraged by a Public Health Authority to get a screening test at Orchard Commons.
  • Must be over 16 years of age.
  • Those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within the past 90 days are excluded.

The BD Veritor™ Plus System for Rapid Detection. It is a simple to administer point-of-care antigen screening test that delivers results in about 15 minutes. The test uses a mid-nasal swab to collect patient samples.

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.

Screening 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 get 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 self-isolate while awaiting your confirmatory test results (a process that typically takes up to 48 hours). Residents will be asked to move into self-isolation accommodation on campus, with the assistance of their Residence Life Manager. Staff will be required to go home immediately, follow self-isolation protocols and await test results. Please call your manager or supervisor to collect your personal items. Do not return to the work area. If you normally take public transit or car pool to work, you will be sent home via an employer-paid cab if necessary.  

No extra fees will be charged for on-campus self-isolation accommodation provided by UBC. 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.

If you screen positive, all your classes are online and you are asymptomatic, you can continue with your studies while self-isolating.

Registering and Scheduling Appointments

Begin your registration process on this page. All students and staff who are over 16 years of age and live or work in first-year residence (Orchard Commons and həm̓ləsəm̓ House in Totem Park) and Thunderbird Residence are eligible and encouraged to participate. Exclusion: Those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

Eligible staff must tell their manager/supervisor that they are interested in participating, and let them know which day/times they would like to get tested. Testing can take place during working hours IF they are scheduled to work during the times and days the tests are being administered. Managers/supervisors may ask them to schedule appointments during off-peak time blocks to ensure there’s sufficient staff volume at all times. Staff who want to be tested during off-work hours can book appointments as they wish.

Please book two appointments each week, with at least one day between appointments.

Your appointment spot will be held for 5 minutes, after which time we will release the spot and take the next person in line.

Staff-Specific

Tell your manager/supervisor that you are interested in participating, and let them know which day/times you would like to get tested. Testing can take place during working hours IF you are scheduled to work during the times and days the tests are being administered. Your manager/supervisor may ask you to schedule your appointments during certain time blocks to ensure there’s sufficient staff volume at all times. Schedule appointments for yourself and confirm dates/times with your manager/supervisor if your appointments are during your working hours. If you want to be tested during off-work hours please book your appointments as you wish.

General Information

British Columbia is interested in piloting this rapid screening tool in a younger population who live in congregate housing such as first-year residence. There have been outbreaks in other University residences and the results of this pilot could be helpful for other students who live together in similar residence settings.

These point-of-care screening technologies have only very recently become approved and available in Canada. We want to pilot this initiative to evaluate the use of rapid tests but more importantly to keep residents safer by offering this rapid test for asymptomatic residents and staff, thereby identifying positive cases earlier.

You can access information about the research component at the check-in desk. We are interested in finding out how acceptable rapid screening for COVID is for people like you. We are also interested in your experiences with the rapid screening.

Screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 are intended to identify occurrence at the individual level even if there is no reason to suspect infection (e.g., there is no known exposure). Screening tests are intended to identify infected individuals without, or prior to development of, symptoms who may be contagious so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission. A screening COVID-19 test is specific for SARS-CoV2 but has a lower sensitivity (e.g., ability to pick up the virus) than that of a diagnostic test. It provides an indicator of whether DIAGNOSTIC testing is needed.