Updates for the U of A community, week ending September 3

3 September 2021

Posted: September 3, 5:30 p.m.

Today the Government of Alberta announced a series of new public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Based on the university’s own current policies, we are already practicing some of these measures, by masking, taking a phased approach to in-person work, and encouraging vaccination efforts. 

At this time, anyone currently working on our campuses should continue to do so. We ask that our community members who are unvaccinated respect the recommendation that they limit their social gatherings to two cohort families up to a limit of 10 people. Students can continue to attend their classes provided that they are fully vaccinated or have completed their weekly rapid response test.

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and patience — with over 90% of our on-campus community already fully vaccinated, you are the reason we’re able to welcome a safe start this year!

Declare your vaccination status by September 9

All students, faculty and staff — including those not planning to be on campus — must complete their confidential vaccine self-declaration by Thursday, September 9. 

Self-declare your vaccination status by logging into the web application Here@UAlbera.

Drop-in vaccination clinics next week

Special drop-in vaccination clinics will be available on September 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. When attending, be sure to wear your mask, have your government issued photo ID with you and bring your Alberta Health Card if you have one. Anyone without an Alberta Health Care number can walk in to one of the special drop-in clinics to get protected against COVID-19. 

Drop-in vaccination clinics dates & locations:

  • September 7 - Alumni Room, Students’ Union Building (North Campus)
  • September 8 - Garneau Lounge, HUB Mall (North Campus) 

Individual COVID-19 vaccination appointments will remain available on North Campus throughout the semester. Learn more by visiting the COVID-19 website

Book your weekly rapid testing appointments

Individuals who do not disclose that they are fully vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly rapid-testing at a U of A rapid testing station and must receive a negative test result before participating in on-campus activities. 

COVID-19 rapid testing stations will be open Monday to Friday by appointment only. Book your next appointment online now.

Guidelines for visitors to campus

To help support the safety of our community, all visitors to the University of Alberta’s campuses and facilities are expected to be fully vaccinated

Visitors to all U of A facilities are responsible for monitoring their health for COVID-19 related symptoms; they’re asked to use the online Alberta Health daily checklist prior to visiting our campuses. Any visitors who feel unwell are asked to stay home; should they feel unwell after coming to our campuses, we ask that they please leave immediately.

While on the U of A’s campuses, visitors are required to follow all safety guidelines, including wearing masks while indoors, maintaining physical distance wherever possible, and washing and/or sanitizing hands regularly.

Students, Get Your Shot to win free tuition

Don’t miss your chance to enter the University of Alberta Students’ Union’s Get Your Shot contest in partnership with the University of Alberta, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Alumni Association. The contest runs until September 10 and is open to all University of Alberta students 18 and older who have at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial vaccination incentive — Get vaccinated to get a $100 debit card!

Today the province of Alberta announced a new incentive program aimed at those Albertans who are not yet fully vaccinated. Starting on September 13, any Albertans 18 or older who got their first or second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine between September 3 and October 14, 2021, will be able to claim a $100 debit card courtesy of the province. Visit the Government of Alberta’s website to learn more

Check-in using here@UAlberta

Remember the app Foursquare? That game you could play on your phone to check-in to places you visited? Here@UAlberta is a little like that, but instead of achieving the goal of making you the “Queen” or “King” of a location, using Here@Ualberta will help you support the safety of our U of A communities for contact tracing purposes. To do this, keep Here@UAlberta bookmarked on your laptop or phone; each time you visit a building and settle into a new room on campus, use Here@UAlberta to “check-in.” When you leave the room/building, “check-out.” 

Your information will be kept confidential and only used for contract tracing purposes as needed.

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