Will I be required to disclose my vaccination status?
Yes, attestation of vaccination status and providing documentary proof is a mandatory legal requirement. Students, faculty and staff are required to provide proof of their vaccination status using St. Mary’s Safe App (St. Mary’s Safe App). Details on official vaccine records are available at: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx#REP
The collection of vaccination information is carried out in full accordance with all applicable laws and regulations as mandated by the Government of Alberta. All personal health information is confidential, and will not be shared with supervisors or professors or any other member of the St. Mary’s community. The requirement to report vaccination status is a component of the university’s health and safety practices in response to the global pandemic and the Government of Alberta mandate. In collecting this information, the university will protect it, keep it confidential and only use it for the purpose for which it was collected or authorized by law.
What types of proof of vaccinations are required?
Currently St. Mary’s University is only able to accept one of the following proof of vaccination records:
- For Albertan’s the Alberta vaccine record with QR Code ( ca/CovidRecords.) as it is now the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted by for the Restrictions Exemption Program
- Another official provincial vaccine record (Other provincial vaccine records)
- First Nations vaccine records
- ArriveCan appand valid international travel identity document
- Canadian Armed Forces vaccine records
- S. Military proof of vaccination and ID card
What type of COVID-19 Tests are acceptable at St. Mary’s?
Negative COVID-19 test results should be a written or printed copy that indicates the individual has tested negative for COVID-19 on a Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR, or lab based PCR test approved by Health Canada or the lab accreditation body of jurisdiction.
- Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
- Photos of a rapid test or result taken offsite is not sufficient.
- A self-test completed offsite or self-produced documentation of a negative test result is not valid.
- Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
- Tests must not be from the Alberta Health Services public COVID-19 testing system.
Other than the vaccination program, what other health precautions are being taken on campus?
In addition to our vaccination status verification and/or rapid testing we still have the following mandates in place on campus:
- Mandatory masks usage in all indoor public spaces
- All non-essential employees who do not need to be on campus are still required to work from home
- Individuals experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are not to come to campus and must get tested.
- Our Facilities team continue to diligently ensure additional cleaning and sanitization is done inside campus buildings.
I have COVID symptoms: what do I do?
Students, staff or faculty showing symptoms of COVID must stay away from campus or leave immediately if symptoms develop while on campus, book a COVID test, and self-isolate while test results come back.
Once you are safety off campus, your symptoms must be reported through the St. Mary’s Safe App and if you are a staff and/or faculty member ensure you advise your supervisor. Once you have received your test results, you must also report these through the St. Mary’s Safe App. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID must follow current provincial public health isolation and quarantine requirements, as outlined at www.alberta.ca/isolation, before returning to campus.
I have tested negative for COVID-19, but still have symptoms. What do I do?
Individuals who have tested negative for COVID AND no longer have symptoms must report test results through the St. Mary’s Safe App. If you are a staff and/or faculty member ensure you advise your supervisor before returning to campus.
I have tested positive for COVID-19: what do I do?
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID must follow current provincial public health isolation and quarantine requirements, as outlined at www.alberta.ca/isolation, before returning to campus. The positive test results must be reported through the St. Mary’s Safe App and if you are a staff and/or faculty member ensure you advise your supervisor.
I am having issues with submitting my vaccination verification.
We have found that sometimes during peak times of the day, individual technology device speeds and/or local Wi-Fi/Cell service strength can slow down the tools. We encourage users to attempt to use the web version if the app is slow to load, and/or vice versa and to be prepared that loading times may be slow. Here is the link to our website with both the web version and a users’ guide as well, https://stmu.ca/vaccination-rapid-testing-launch/. Here is the link to the web version of the web tool: https://stmu.apparmor.com/webapp/default.aspx?menu=Vaccine+and+Rapid+Test+Verification. If individuals continue to have issues, we encourage them to reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can support them with their individual and specific needs/questions.
I don’t have a cell phone: how do I gain access to buildings?
For individuals who do not have a cell phone, you will need to enroll using the web version of the StMU safe program. Once your application has been approved, you will need to print and carry with you a copy of the approved submission and a piece of photo ID to gain entry to Campus facilities.
Here is the link to the web version of the web tool: https://stmu.apparmor.com/webapp/default.aspx?menu=Vaccine+and+Rapid+Test+Verification so that
Will the University be accepting and using the Alberta QR code to gain access to campus?
At this time, the University plans to continue using the StMU Safe program for community members to gain access to campus facilities. If this changes the University will ensure that we make a formal communication announcement to the community.
I have questions related to COVID: who do I contact?
For any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please feel free to reach out email@example.com and a member of our team will connect directly with as soon as they can.
Are there exemptions to the vaccine requirements?
At this time St. Mary’s is participating in the Provincial Restrictions Exemption Program to be able to continue to provide in-person services and classes. This program currently only allows for proof of vaccination, proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service or documentation of a medical exemption. Any individual who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds can request an exemption. All individuals who are awaiting their second dose or awaiting the results of an application for exemption are required to adhere to additional health and safety measures, including frequent rapid testing. Unvaccinated individuals without an approved permitted medical exemption will not be able to attend campus or any St. Mary’s University activity in person as of November 1, 2021 as mandated by the Alberta Government unless they provide proof of negative rapid test within 72 hours of visiting campus.
Why is proof of vaccination now required at St. Mary’s?
Alberta has declared a state of Public Health Emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates came into effect starting September 16.
Implementation of the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result will allow St. Mary’s University to continue operating as usual.
What vaccines meet this new requirement?
For the purposes of meeting the university’s vaccination requirements, St. Mary’s University recognizes a complete vaccine series approved by Health Canada and those listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
Do I still need to wear a mask or practice physical distancing even if I am vaccinated?
Yes. The vaccination requirements complement the extensive health and safety measures already in place and our existing return to campus plans. Existing health and safety protocols will remain in place including mask requirements, self-assessments, and enhanced cleaning protocols. Under the exemption program, physical distancing is not required but is encouraged where possible.
What measures is the university taking to ensure proper physical distancing in classrooms and proper air circulation (opening windows and proper air ventilation measures)?
AHS does not require us to maintain social distancing as St. Mary’s University is participating in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program which requires either proof of vaccination or negative test result. We enhanced the air ventilation system and have doubled the frequency of changing the air filters.