Impact of new provincial measures

The information in this section is current as of September 13, 2021. New measures will come into effect on U of A campuses on October 4, 2021. Additional information will be available soon. See the update »

Vaccinations continue to be the primary public health measure for COVID-19. As the University of Alberta transitions to higher occupancy rates on campus in Fall ‘21 it is important to ensure the majority of staff, students, and anyone else attending in-person on U of A campuses is vaccinated.

The University of Alberta will continue to monitor the current situation in Alberta and the recommendations from the provincial government regarding public health measures. Employees, students, contractors and visitors must continue following all public health measures outlined in the Safety Measures General Directives regardless of their vaccination status.

COVID-19 Vaccines and U of A: What You Need to Know

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The university has implemented the following principles and measures related to COVID-19 vaccinations:

  1. The university will maintain and revise, as required, its Safety Measures General Directives including a section on vaccinations and the ongoing use of other public health measures. The institution will maintain such measures through at least the Fall Term 2021 or until Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) provides alternative guidance.
  2. Starting September 1, the University of Alberta requires all those coming to campus to undergo regular COVID-19 rapid testing. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from this requirement. Any individual who cannot be tested or vaccinated based on medical or other protected grounds recognized by the Alberta Human Rights Act can request an accommodation.
    1. View the “Declaring Vaccination Status and Rapid Testing” COVID-19 Update to view the process for self-disclosure of your vaccination status.
    2. Reporting your vaccination status is confidential.
    3. Those who have not been vaccinated, or choose not to disclose, will be required to participate in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program.
    4. Employees will be provided with up to 3 hours with pay if they are required to attend a vaccination appointment during working hours.
  3. The university will take reasonable steps to accommodate students and employees who are impacted by operational changes due to COVID-19, including those who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated on the basis of a protected ground.
    1. Students who may require accommodations should contact the Office of the Dean of Students Accessibility Resource Centre at More information can also be found at the Student Mask, Vaccination, and/or Rapid Testing Exemption Application webpage.
    2. Staff who may require accommodation must discuss their needs with their supervisor, and seek a verified accommodation. Staff accommodations for medical reasons require medical confirmation from the employee’s physician, and will require followup from the university’s third-party disability management provider, Homewood Health, to confirm accommodation requirements. Accommodations on the basis of other protected ground(s) will also require verification. Supervisors should seek guidance from their HR Service Partner.
  4. The university will amplify vaccine rollout information available through the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada public health authorities and will clearly communicate:
    1. Support of vaccine use in COVID-19 risk mitigation
    2. Vaccine availability on or in proximity to U of A campuses
    3. Impacts to university operations as vaccinations are made available
    4. How employee and students can be accommodated as needed
    5. Travel requirements and restrictions and the individual’s responsibility to be in compliance related to vaccinations
  5. Employees, students, contractors and visitors are encouraged to routinely update themselves on the vaccine rollout and act quickly, according to their eligibility, to obtain their first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  6. The university will take reasonable steps to support international students to assist them in complying with federal government entry requirements associated with vaccinations.
  7. The university will continue to advocate with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services, the prioritization of all students engaged in practicums associated with teaching and health service delivery and university high risk service workers/COVID-19 researchers for receipt of the vaccine. The university will further encourage Alberta Health to consider the prioritization of all university faculty and staff to facilitate the university’s ability to maximize the return to in-person instruction.