9 Alberta post-secondary institutions to introduce vaccination mandate, required vaccination proof

Published on September 14, 2021

Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to protect communities from COVID-19’s damaging effects. At Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, vaccinations have proven to be a critical part of our fall safety plans. We are building on previously announced measures by strengthening the role that vaccinations will play on post-secondary campuses moving forward. 

Nine Alberta post-secondary institutions will be introducing the following enhancements to their campus safety measures: 

  • Campus community members and visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend campuses. 
  • Campus community members and visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination. 
  • Rapid testing will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination, except for campus community members who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or other protected grounds outlined in the Alberta Human Rights Act. These individuals should follow the self-declaration exemption procedures already in place at their post-secondary institution and will be reasonably accommodated. 

Implementation dates and details for these new measures will vary from institution to institution according to their specific needs and policies. 

Starting November 8, everyone coming to NAIT campuses will need to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination.  NAIT students, staff, contractors and visitors will need to receive their second dose on or before October 24 to be considered fully vaccinated and will need to provide proof of vaccination. 

The withdrawal deadline has been extended to September 24 for degree, diploma and certificate students and for apprenticeship and continuing education courses that continue past the November 8 vaccination deadline. 

The polytechnic’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee and the Advanced Planning and Coordination Team are working to finalize implementation dates and details for the vaccine mandate and proof of vaccination requirement. More information will be shared with the NAIT community in the coming days. NAIT’s campus community members include everyone coming to a NAIT campus such as staff, students, contractors and visitors.  

The 9 participating institutions are NAIT, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, SAIT, Medicine Hat College and Norquest College. 

These Alberta post-secondary institutions are working together and taking a coordinated approach to ensure safety on our campuses for students, faculty, staff and visitors this fall, and beyond. It is an approach to health and safety that is best suited for the learning, studying, researching, working, and living environments of our campuses. The safety of the large and diverse communities of post-secondary campuses remains the top consideration when making both short-term and long-term plans throughout the pandemic. 

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With 35,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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