Enhancing vaccination protocols for campus safety

Alongside fellow Alberta post-secondary institutions, St. Mary’s University announces enhanced long-term safety protocols to ensure the ongoing safety of our campus communities.

Today, joining nine other Alberta post-secondary institutions, St. Mary’s University is announcing enhanced long-term protocols to ensure the ongoing safety of our campus communities. These enhanced safety measures build upon measures already announced and include a vaccination mandate and required vaccination proof. The below protocols will come into effect at St. Mary’s University on January 1, 2022.

Vaccinations and proof required

Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to protect our communities from the damaging effects brought upon by COVID-19. At St. Mary’s University, vaccinations have proven to be a critical part of our fall re-entry plan to welcome community members back to our campus, and we are now strengthening the role that vaccinations will play on our campus moving forward. By maximizing our community immunity, we will maximize in-person learning experiences for students and on-campus opportunities for the entire St. Mary’s community.

Starting January 1, 2022, campus community members and visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination to attend the St. Mary’s campus. St. Mary’s community members are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 14 days after receiving the recommended number of doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine; or,
  • 14 days after receiving a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine in addition to a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.

This means that students, faculty and staff will need to receive their second dose two weeks before January 1, 2022, and will need to provide proof of vaccination. Individuals can establish their vaccination status using electronic or paper records of their vaccination receipt. In Alberta, official vaccine records are available on MyHealth Records. The collection of proof of vaccination will be carried out in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Campus community members who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or other protected grounds outlined in the Alberta Human Rights Act should follow the exemption procedures and will be reasonably accommodated.

Campus community members who cannot establish that they are fully vaccinated or who have not obtained a valid human rights-based exemption before January 1, 2022 will NOT be permitted on campus.

Rapid testing

Starting January 1, 2022, rapid testing will not 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.

Campus safety is a shared responsibility

St. Mary’s University welcomes the opportunity to work together with the other Alberta post-secondary institutions as we collectively take a coordinated approach to ensure the safety of our campuses for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. This 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.

Additional information, such as how and when St. Mary’s University community members can submit their proof of vaccination, will be available in the coming weeks.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the new realities surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.