Immunizations

IMPORTANT: There have been some recent changes to the immunization requirements at RRC so please read the following carefully.

Annual Influenza Immunization

RRC offers annual influenza vaccine clinics free-of-charge to all staff, students, and affiliates of the College.

Veterinary Technology Immunizations

Rabies and tetanus immunizations are administered free of charge by Health Services for pre-exposure protection for students admitted to the Veterinary Technology program. Once offered admission, students are required to read, complete, and return to Health Services the RRC Veterinary Technology Program Questionnaire. The completed document can be mailed, dropped off, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the Health Services office (see contact information below).

Healthcare Programs Immunizations

Students offered admission to healthcare programs at RRC will need to maintain an up-to-date record of immunizations and tests as a condition of enrollment. This process no longer needs to be started prior to admission. Students do not need to see their own healthcare provider first.

Once an offer of admission is accepted by the student, the student will need to complete and submit the RRC Healthcare Program Questionnaire. The completed questionnaire can be mailed, dropped off, faxed, or scanned and emailed to:

Health Services, Notre Dame Campus
HM08 – 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0J9

Phone: 204-632-2238
Fax: 204-694-4173
Email: HealthServices@rrc.ca

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

NOTE: All students accepting admission must also read the RRC Immunizations for Healthcare Programs document. In addition, please review the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen after I submit the RRC Healthcare or Veterinary Technology program questionnaire?

Your records will be reviewed by Health Services nurses. Depending on your responses, you may be invited to Health Services for additional immunizations and tests, or you may be provided a list of missing items that can be addressed through the clinician of your choosing. Record reviews are prioritized by the nurses according to many different factors – please refrain from inquiring about your status repeatedly – you will be contacted by us when your records have been thoroughly reviewed.

Should I take the old RRC immunization form to my provider now?

No, the process has changed.  Students do not need to complete the old RRC Immunization Form (this form has not been in use since 2019). If you have not yet been offered admission, do not submit any immunization documents. Once you accept an offer of admission to a healthcare program, if you already have a partially or fully completed old RRC Immunization Form, please return it to Health Services. When you submit your program questionnaire, you should also submit any personal vaccination/testing records you have.

Will there be a fee for any of the immunizations or tests?

Any required immunizations will be provided at no charge to students admitted to healthcare and Veterinary Technology programs. There will be a charge for tuberculin skin tests and blood tests in some situations, which is typically less than the cost of obtaining these items through your own provider. Students without provincial health coverage will be charged for blood tests and other required tests at their own expense (we will provide guidance on how to minimize these costs).  Immunization-related costs are generally not reimbursable through insurance plans for any student – they are out-of-pocket costs.

Should I have immunizations and/or tests completed now?

No. The need for any immunizations and testing required for your program will be communicated to you after your documents are reviewed by Health Services. If you obtain any services now, you may be obtaining unnecessary services, and you may still need to repeat them.

What are the programs that will require me to maintain an up-to-date immunization and testing record?

These healthcare programs include:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography – Echocardiography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Ultrasound
  • Health Care Aide
  • Health Unit Clerk
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Medical Radiologic Technology
  • MRI and Spectroscopy
  • All Nursing programs
  • Paramedicine – Advanced Care Paramedicine
  • Paramedicine – Primary Care Paramedicine

The Veterinary Technology program requires only rabies and tetanus immunizations.

No other program at RRC requires students to maintain an up-to-date immunization record. However, any staff or student can speak to Health Services regarding immunizations by scheduling an appointment or making a walk-in visit.

I have already paid for some immunizations or services to meet RRC immunization requirements. Will I be compensated for this?

No, RRC does not offer compensation to students for services obtained elsewhere.

What immunizations and testing will I need?

This is dependent on the individual immune status of each student (which varies widely). For students in healthcare programs, the immunizations required are detailed in the RRC Immunizations for Healthcare Programs booklet. Healthcare program students are vaccinated per the current guidelines of the Canadian Immunization Guide (these guidelines are updated every so often and then requirements are updated accordingly).

Can I refuse immunizations and related testing?

Every person has the right to refuse any healthcare service, and services can never be provided without an individual’s consent. However, being up-to-date with immunizations and related testing is a both a duty and an expectation of healthcare providers to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the vulnerable patients they care for. In accordance with the recommendations of many different global healthcare organizations, attending to immunizations and related testing has been made a condition of enrollment in relevant programs at Red River College, and students accept this condition when they accept admission into their programs.  Students who subsequently choose not to attend to required immunization-related items may not be eligible to complete their program or secure employment in a healthcare field. Health Services must notify a student’s program when immunizations and related testing are refused by a student, and practicum sites may also need to be notified of the same.

What if I complete my program before I am done with my immunization process?

The length of time needed to complete an immunization process may vary with each student’s individual immune status. In some cases, an immunization process may take as long as 7-14 months. Health Services is happy to see all students through their complete process regardless of whether or not they have completed their program.

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