OHS Canada Magazine

Rapid testing to be required for unvaccinated at three Alberta universities


CALGARY — Unvaccinated students and staff at three Alberta universities will have to get regular COVID-19 rapid tests to attend campus this fall.

Edmonton’s University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge have released a joint return-to-school plan detailing rapid testing, vaccination and mask requirements.

The three research schools say they won’t mandate vaccinations — like some others in Canada have — but anyone who refuses to disclose vaccination status or who is not fully immunized will need to regularly test negative to attend campus.

Face masks will be required in all public areas of the universities.

The joint statement says the policies will maximize safety for in-person teaching and learning.

Advertisement

A growing number of Canadian universities are requiring students and staff to be fully vaccinated to attend campus, including the University of Ottawa, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and University of Toronto.

“These expanded measures are a direct response to shifting COVID-19 conditions. Our health, law and public policy experts have been tracking the rise of cases and emergence of the Delta variant, providing us with data-driven approaches,” Ed McCauley, president of the University of Calgary, said in the statement.

“By working together with Alberta’s other research-intensive universities, we will continue to monitor and take the measures necessary to keep our community safe.”