COVID-19 Rapid Testing

U of A Requirements for Rapid Testing

  • On November 1, the University of Alberta’s vaccine mandate took effect and rapid rapid testing is available only to those with an approved exemption to vaccination.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must undergo rapid testing within 72 hours before arriving on campus and provide a negative test result.
  • Privately paid rapid test results meet the U of A’s requirements for a negative test.

U of A students, staff and faculty

  • The U of A Rapid Testing program is only available for individuals who have an approved U of A vaccination exemption.
  • If receiving privately paid test results, individuals must still submit their results to a U of A rapid testing station to be validated.
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Visitors to campus

  • U of A campus visitors are expected to be fully vaccinated and should be prepared to show their proof of vaccination if requested.

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

Fully Vaccinated means a status that an individual achieves 14 days after they have received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

U of A Rapid Testing Program

Beginning October 30, the U of A is offering free rapid testing to all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students, staff, and faculty who have an approved U of A vaccination exemption. 

Where To Test

Rapid tests are available for students, staff, and faculty who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and have an approved exemption accommodation. Rapid tests are accessible at designated U of A testing stations which are located on Augustana Campus and North Campus.

Testing is available by appointment only. CCID is required to book your rapid testing appointment(s).

Book your appointment

If you miss a test, book an appointment immediately and do not attend on-campus activities until you are able to receive your next negative test result from one of the university’s testing stations.

What to Expect

Plan to be at the station for at least 30 minutes; it's recommended that you try to arrive at least 5 minutes early. Wear a mask and maintain reasonable physical distancing at the station.

When you arrive at the testing station, check in by presenting your ONEcard and/or government-issued photo ID. You will be asked a short series of health check questions and presented with a self-test kit. You will be provided with instructions on how to use the kit and required to carry out your test at the station.

You will be asked to wait until your result is available (within 15 minutes). The station attendant will record your results and will provide you with any additional instructions based on the results.

  • If your result is negative, you will be able to proceed with your on-campus activities for the week. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms during the week, you must stay home and should complete the Alberta Health Service’s online assessment tool.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, the station attendant will provide you with instructions for your next steps. You will be required to go home immediately. Once at home, you should complete the AHS COVID-19 online assessment to book a PCR test. Only positive AHS tests are required to report to the university's Rapid Response Triage Team.
  • If your test does not result in a clear positive or negative result, the station attendant will provide you with instructions for your next steps.

Note: The rapid testing kits have been provided to the university free of cost by Alberta Health as part of their rapid testing program.

Recent COVID-19 infection

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, rapid testing is not recommended, even if you have recovered and are no longer symptomatic. To be granted a temporary rapid testing exemption, you are required to book a rapid test appointment to provide proof of your recent illness. You can provide proof by doing one of the following:

  • Present your AHS positive COVID-19 confirmation text message to a U of A Rapid Testing.
  • Present a medical note confirming the date of diagnosis and that you have recovered from COVID-19 and completed the applicable isolation period. Please note that clinics will charge a fee for these notes (approx. $50).