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COVID-19 Vaccines and U of A: What You Need to Know

Vaccines are key to ensuring our communities and campuses remain safe—here's what you should know about COVID-19 vaccines and the U of A.

  • March 30, 2021

This story was updated on April 9, 2021.

As Alberta continues to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program, the province has encouraged post-secondary institutions to prepare for a return to campuses this Fall. Alberta Health Services continues to advocate for immunization as the single most effective means of protecting yourself, your loved ones, and the greater community from COVID-19.

What does this mean for the University of Alberta? The U of A supports vaccine use in response to COVID-19, and as we continue planning for Fall 2021 vaccines are a key component to ensuring our communities and campuses remain safe in September. The university’s Public Health Response Team makes several recommendations about COVID-19 vaccine availability and the impact on the U of A—you can see them here

Here are a few key things to know about COVID-19 vaccines and the U of A:

Will COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory for students or employees?

No. At this point, employees, students, contractors and visitors will not need proof of immunization to work or study at the U of A.

That said, the U of A strongly encourages all U of A community members to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible, provided they are able to do so.

Can I get vaccinated on campus?

Yes. The University Health Centre Pharmacy is currently offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to those who are aged 55 to 64 years and do not have a chronic health condition which would qualify you for Phase 2B.

Book an appointment at or by calling 780-492-2634.

What happens if I’m not vaccinated by Fall 2021?

Whenever possible, the U of A will continue to accommodate students and employees who are impacted by COVID-19. This includes employees and students who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated for medical reasons or on the basis of a protected ground.

What if I get my first vaccine elsewhere, and move to Edmonton before my second dose?

We’re working with Alberta Health Services to figure out how to accommodate students and employees who still need a second dose when they arrive in Edmonton. Alberta Health Services has confirmed that all international students will be eligible for vaccination.

If I’m already vaccinated, does that mean I can go back to campus?

No. At this time, safety measures remain in place on campus whether you’re vaccinated or not. Until most Albertans are protected, fully vaccinated people must continue following all of Alberta's public health measures: no indoor social gatherings, keep 2 metres apart from others, wear a mask in public, wash your hands, and stay home when sick

The U of A’s COVID-19 Information Hub remains the best source of information on campus life and health measures for our faculty, staff, and students. 

We recommend you bookmark this article, as we’ll update it with new information as it becomes available.