Updates for the U of A community, week ending February 26

Fall Term 2021 update; residences are accepting applications; Phase 2 vaccine rollout; Alberta’s Step 2 possible for next week

26 February 2021

Posted: February 26, 12:00 p.m.

Updated: 12:45 p.m. — An early version mistakenly noted that Phase 2 of Alberta’s vaccine rollout had begun. Currently Alberta is in Phase 1B.

Fall Term 2021 planning update

While a complete return to normal from the COVID-19 crisis is unlikely by September, we plan to welcome a significantly increased number of our university community members back to our campuses this autumn. We are optimistic that Alberta’s expanded vaccine rollout and anticipated steps forward will provide the atmosphere we need to safely offer face-to-face undergraduate and graduate courses, research, and related support services across all of our campuses. These, plus some public health controls, such as masking policies, physical distancing limits and travel restrictions, are likely to make this possible.

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U of A residences are accepting applications: Spring/Summer and Fall

University of Alberta residences are open and already accepting applications for Spring/Summer and Fall terms. If you’re planning ahead for fall, don’t forget the U of A offers guaranteed housing in residence for first year students.

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Alberta Phase 2 vaccine rollout targeted to begin in April

Last week, the Government of Alberta announced Phase 2 vaccinations will be offered in a staged approach and once completed, will have vaccinated anyone aged 50 to 74 years, anyone with high-risk underlying health conditions, First Nations and Métis people aged 35 and older, residents and staff in congregate living settings, and eligible caregivers. Phase 2 is targeted to begin in April, depending on the supply of vaccine. The U of A is currently assessing the impacts for our community of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Alberta and around the world. We will continue to communicate with the university community as more information becomes available.

Step 2 in Alberta’s reopening plans possible for March 1

Updates from Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw this week indicated that a move to Step 2 in Alberta’s reopening plans will be considered on Monday, March 1. And, if a decision is made at that time, it is possible that public health restrictions could be eased that same day. Step 2 could include easing restrictions in retail, community halls, conference centres, indoor fitness and children's sport and performance, among other areas.

General inquiries: U of A Public Health Response Team, phrtinfo@ualberta.ca

COVID-19 Rapid Response support for on-campus supervisors, instructors and activity coordinators: U of A Rapid Response Triage Team, phrt.triage@ualberta.ca