COVID-19 Vaccinations & the U of A

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 »

take-your-shot.pngVaccinations are the safest and most effective way to help stop the long term spread of COVID-19. Getting fully vaccinated boosts our immunity and provides the greatest protection available against COVID-19. Starting November 1, the University of Alberta will require everyone on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination. See the September 13, 2021 U of A announcement.

Current vaccination and testing requirements will remain in place through October 31: All those coming to U of A campuses are required to be fully vaccinated or undergo regular rapid testing. U of A faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated are required to participate in the U of A’s Rapid Testing Program.

Following the guidance of Health Canada and Alberta Health Services, the University of Alberta considers you fully vaccinated:

  • 14 days after you’ve received the recommended number of doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine; or,
  • 14 days after you’ve received a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine in addition to a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.

Note: Exceptions will be granted on medical or other protected grounds only. 

Where to get vaccinated

Individual, free and same-day vaccination appointments are available now on the U of A’s North Campus, and in pharmacies, walk-in clinics and doctor’s offices across Alberta. Bookings can be made online for the University Health Centre and UHC Pharmacy, both located in the Students’ Union Building. 

You can find additional vaccination locations by visiting the Alberta COVID-19 Vaccination website.

Self-disclosing your vaccination status

The University of Alberta requires all students, faculty, and staff to disclose their vaccination status before participating in on-campus activities. Anyone who does not disclose having full vaccination status is currently required to undergo regular rapid testing, unless granted an exemption on medical or other protected grounds. Learn more by visiting the Rapid Testing Program webpage.

Confirm your vaccination status now

The collection of vaccination information is carried out in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. All personal health information is confidential, and will not be shared with supervisors or professors. The requirement to report vaccination status is a component of the university’s health and safety practices in response to the global pandemic. In collecting this information the university will protect it, keep it confidential and only use it for the purpose for which it was collected or authorized by law. Learn more about how personal information is protected at the U of A.

Providing your vaccination verification

Students, faculty and staff will be asked to provide proof of their vaccination status before November 1. Individuals can verify their vaccination status using electronic or paper records of their vaccination receipt. In Alberta, official vaccine records are available on MyHealth Records. Details about how and when the university will collect verification of vaccination will be communicated in the coming weeks. The collection of proof of vaccination will be carried out in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Exemptions/ accommodations

Campus community members who require an exemption for medical or other protected grounds outlined in the Human Rights Act should follow the self-declaration exemption procedures already in place.

Information for international community members

Before arriving, international students/employees/visitors are encouraged to explore vaccine options with the health authority in their home country to confirm if their vaccine is Health Canada-approved: Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD. 

Health Canada and Alberta Health Services advise that international students and visitors who have partially or fully completed their COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has not been approved for use in Canada (e.g. China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm, Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin) should also get vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine approved by Health Canada

For the purposes of rapid testing and self-declaration, the U of A will consider you fully vaccinated 14 days after you’ve received at least one dose of a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine in addition to a full or partial dose of a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. 

Reminder: When receiving further health attention or vaccinations, it is important to bring any existing vaccine documentation.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada.

Information for campus visitors

Securing the safety of our campus and community activities has been our main goal throughout this pandemic. While we firmly believe that welcoming visitors to our campuses enriches the university experience, to ensure that everyone on our campus can be safe, we will expect all visitors to our campuses to be fully vaccinated.

Starting on November 1, we will only be welcoming visitors who are able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. How visitors share their proof of vaccination will be shared in the coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to come to campus? 

Starting on September 1, all staff, students, and faculty who participate in on-campus activities must be fully vaccinated and should declare their status to the university; any individuals who are not fully vaccinated or do not disclose their vaccination status will be required to undergo weekly rapid-testing and must receive a negative test result before participating in on-campus activities this fall.

Contractors and other individuals who work on university campuses will also be required to be fully vaccinated or complete regular COVID-19 testing before coming to campus.

To be considered “fully vaccinated” by the University of Alberta, community members must meet Health Canada requirements.

Where can I find information about the U of A’s rapid testing program?

The University of Alberta’s rapid testing program will start September 1, 2021 for U of A students, faculty, and staff who have not disclosed their vaccination status to the university. Learn more about the rapid testing program here.

If I am fully vaccinated, do I have to follow other safety measures like wearing masks?

Yes. Everyone is required to follow current health and safety protocols on our campuses regardless of their vaccination status; this includes wearing masks in all indoor spaces where required.

Will I need to show proof of vaccination to enter spaces on campus?

The university may request proof of vaccination to confirm a self-declaration already submitted. At this time, proof will not need to be shown to enter spaces on campus. Details about what to expect on November 1 will be released in the coming weeks.

Can I take time off work for a vaccine appointment?

U of A faculty and staff may take up to three hours off with pay to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Similar to other medical appointments, please provide your supervisor with as much advance notice as is possible so that they can ensure operational needs are covered. Where possible, please schedule appointments to least interfere with your work schedule. For more information, please review the COVID Vaccination Leave Reference Guide. Remember vaccinations are also available at the University Health Centre and the UHC Pharmacy.


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