Updates for the U of A community, week ending March 19

Minister of Advanced Education encourages a return to campus this fall; practicum students in clinical areas eligible for vaccines in Phase 2C; U of A field research continues within public health restrictions; and, the province’s Critical Worker Benefit.

19 March 2021

Posted: March 19, 11:30 a.m.

Alberta, and the U of A, prepare for a return to campus this Fall

Yesterday, heartened by the recent quick progress of Alberta’s vaccine program, Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides encouraged all post-secondary institutions in the province to prepare for a full return to on-campus learning this Fall. U of A planning is already well underway to safely welcome our community back in September. Read the full update from President Flanagan »

Practicum students in clinical areas eligible for vaccines in Phase 2C

On March 15, Alberta Health released more details about the vaccine roll-out, indicating that students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas (patient care facilities, or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services) will be eligible to book a vaccination in Phase 2C. Phase 2C is estimated to start sometime between April and June. Find additional Step 2C information on the Government of Alberta’s website.

U of A field research continues within public health restrictions

Just a reminder to our community that there have been no recent changes to field research approval processes. See Field Research Activities during COVID-19 for more information.

Critical Worker Benefit does not apply to post-secondaries

The one-time benefit for workers is for health-care, social services, primary/secondary education and private sectors, and does not currently apply to the post-secondary sector.

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