George Brown College’s vaccination policy states that all students, employees, contractors volunteers, and visitors coming onto college premises are required to be fully vaccinated.
George Brown College follows the Government of Ontario’s definition of full vaccination. A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:
- The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,
- One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
- Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
- They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.
Four COVID-19 vaccines are currently authorized for use by Health Canada: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
How to show proof of full vaccination
All employees must upload their proof of vaccination documents to Synergy Gateway, the secure third-party provider of vaccine verification services to George Brown College. After the documents have been uploaded, employees can show one of the following to access campus:
- Synergy Gateway COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance Card (see verification instructions below).
- Ontario’s Vaccine Certificate QR code, also known as the vaccine passport. You can download your certificate on the Government of Ontario’s website.
There are other steps you need to take before you’re permitted on campus. Find them on the Accessing Campus – Employees page.
George Brown College is using a secure platform called Verified by Synergy Gateway to verify vaccination status and to consider medical accommodation requests. This process is called COVID-19 Vaccination Verification (CVV) by Synergy Gateway. Requests for religious/creed accommodations will be reviewed and considered by the college directly.
Once you complete the CVV process on the Verified by Synergy Gateway platform, you will get a COVID-19 Vaccine Compliance Card that you can display on your mobile device or print out to show at campus entry points.
HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR VACCINATION DOCUMENTS TO SYNERGY GATEWAY
Find the message in your George Brown College email from firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your username and temporary password. This message will be titled, “Your Access to Verified.”
If you can’t find the email from Synergy Gateway, see the FAQ below “I can’t find the email from Synergy with my login information. What do I do?” for next steps.
When you have found the message from Synergy Gateway, please follow the instructions in the email to complete the following steps:
- 1 Log in
- 2 Upload your documents
- 3 Update your vaccination details
- 4 Read the disclaimer
- 5 Access your vaccination verification certificate
Log in to the Verified by Synergy Gateway platform using your username and temporary password, and then change your password.
We recommend using the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge (Safari is not supported).
Upload your documents
From the “Home” tab, navigate to Step 1, select the “Documents Upload” button, and upload your COVID-19 proof of full vaccination for review.
- If you received your vaccinations in Ontario, you can download PDF versions of your vaccine receipts at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.
- Please ensure that all vaccination documents uploaded clearly have your name, vaccination date(s), vaccine provider name, dose number and are transcribed in English. Only official documents will be accepted as proof of vaccination.
Update your vaccination details
Visit the “Vaccinations” tab and select the “Open” button to update your COVID-19 vaccination details. You will need to list the Vaccine Provider and Date of Injection for your COVID-19 vaccination(s).
Read the disclaimer
Read through the disclaimer and complete the check box. Finally, click “ACCEPT.”
Access your vaccination verification certificate
Check your Verified account regularly as your vaccination status will be updated within three to five days. You will be able to download your Vaccine Compliance Card when your status is set. In the meantime, you must continue to show hard-copy proof of vaccination or complete rapid testing when arriving on campus.
How to Log In
How to Upload Documents
How to Reset Your Password
Watch the Vaccine Expert Panel Discussion (Sept 20, 2021)
Vaccine verification FAQs
I can’t find the email from Synergy with my login information. What do I do?
Employees who can’t find the email sent by Synergy Gateway in September 2021, can take the steps below to activate their accounts.
- Select the “Forgot Password/Resent Password” link and follow the instructions.
- Enter your George Brown College email address in the “Request Password” pop-up window.
- Check your inbox for an email from email@example.com with the title “Your Access to Verified.”
- Open the email and select the “Activation” link.
- Follow the instructions to reset your password.
Once employees reset their password and log in, they can upload their vaccine verification documents.
How do I get more information about uploading my vaccination documents?
Why do I have to upload my documents to Synergy Gateway if I can show my provincial QR code?
Uploading information in Synergy serves two distinct purposes. First, it confirms proof of vaccination for employees and students (including for vaccinations completed in other provinces and internationally) and produces a Vaccination Compliance Card for ease of use in accessing the college campuses. Second, for employees, it confirms for their manager that the employee can conduct their duties on-site in compliance with the vaccination policy. As managers plan for more on-site activities in January and through the Winter semester, they need to plan staff work schedules and coverage. They also need to know if they will have staffing shortages and whether they need to find replacements ahead of time. The Synergy reports provide them with the information they need to complete staffing plans and ensure our on-site students and colleagues are supported.
Who do I contact for technical support with the Synergy system?
Where do students verify their vaccination status?
Visit the Vaccination Verification – students page for more information.
Why do I need to verify my vaccination status with the college if the province of Ontario has introduced vaccine passports?
While the provincial government has introduced a proof of vaccination program, it will only service Ontarians. The George Brown community comes from across the country and around the world, and we require a system that the entire college community can use – both domestic and international students.
In addition, Synergy Gateway provides the stats and data that are needed to fulfill the college’s reporting obligations to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. This will ensure we are able to report accurate and timely information.
What if I'm an employee who does not want to get vaccinated and I don't qualify for an accommodation?
As with all college policies, procedures and guidelines, employees will be expected to abide by the college’s vaccination policy as part of their conditions of employment. Employees who do not comply and do not have an approved medical or religious/creed accommodation will subject to sanctions, which could include cancellation of contracts, being placed on an unpaid leave and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Who is Synergy Gateway?
Synergy Gateway is an industry leading, Canadian, health-tech company, founded in 2003. Synergy Gateway’s flagship system, Verified, is widely used by Canadian post-secondary institutions to manage student clinical and field placement requirements documentation. Verified handles the entire clearance process completely online by ensuring that all compliance documentation is taken care of, such as immunization records and other school specific requirements. To date, Synergy Gateway has processed over 10 million documents and continues to service over 100,000 users and over 20 post-secondary institutions across Canada.
How is my data protected within the Synergy Gateway platform?
The Synergy Gateway system is held to the highest standards for data privacy, security and confidentiality when it comes to personal health information. George Brown College is provided with a Higher Education Community Vendor Assessment Toolkit (HECVAT) assessment that meets the strictest standards for platform security and Synergy Gateway remains compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA.) Synergy Gateway ensures that all data collected resides on Canadian servers.