COVID-19 Vaccination Policies and Q&A

COVID-19 Vaccination Policies and Q&A

We have two COVID-19 Vaccination Policies. If you are a student or instructor in any of our School of Health programs, the Dental Office Administrator program, the Medical Office Assistant program, or the Early Childhood Educator program, please read the School of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Otherwise, please read our general COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you have questions about either of these policies, please read the Q&A below. If your question is not answered on this page, you can use the contact information at the bottom of the Q&A for assistance.

COVID-19 Vaccination Questions & Answers

Why is Robertson requiring vaccination for on-campus activity?

Robertson is committed to the continued promotion of the health and safety of the Robertson community from the spread of COVID-19. Robertson complies with public health guidelines and orders and monitors national and provincial recommendations regarding reducing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the College has implemented a policy to outline the conditions of being on campus.

Who do the vaccination policies apply to?

The policy applies to all students, team members and visitors to Robertson’s Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg campuses.

In what ways is the School of Health Vaccination Policy different from the general Vaccination Policy?

The two policies are similar. The main difference is the the timeline for implementation. The timeline in the School of Health policy is based on the directives regarding vaccines from the provincial health agencies.

Why have some of the dates for required vaccines already passed?

The policy was developed at the same time as the information was received from the provincial health agencies. The implementation of the policy happened to coincide with the deadline provided by the provincial health authorities for the first vaccination.

What if I am not able to get my vaccination in time to meet the deadline?

Please connect with a member of our team to discuss how you can proceed and your plan for the vaccinations.

You can connect by emailing: [email protected]

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated in either of the following cases:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Resource: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

How do I demonstrate that I am vaccinated?

You will be required to show proof of vaccine upon entry to campus.

What documentation is required for proof of vaccination?

A physical government-issued immunization card, an electronic QR code issued by a provincial health authority, or another officially issued document.

How do I get vaccinated?

You can find a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites in your area in Manitoba using the Manitoba Vaccination Finder and in Alberta using Alberta Immunization Booking.

Resource: Vaccines for COVID-19

Are there any exemptions to the vaccination policy?

Individuals who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for accommodations and will be required to provide regular and frequent negative COVID-19 test results in order to access campus.

What if I choose not to get vaccinated?

Individuals who are unwilling to be vaccinated will be required to discuss their work/study situation with their direct supervisor (in the case of Robertson team members) or the Manager of the School in which they are studying (in the case of students). You will be required to provide results of a negative COVID-19 test result frequently and regularly during the times that you are required to be on campus for classes. The test results must be from the past 24 hours.

Not being vaccinated may delay your practicum. If you are in the School of Health, it may not be possible to find a practicum site, as all provincial healthcare providers and most private healthcare providers require their staff to be vaccinated.

Will my vaccination information be kept confidential? Will it be shared with instructors, team members, or supervisors?

Vaccination information will be stored securely as according to provincial law. Vaccination and test information will not be shared with instructors or team members, or supervisors.

How will my vaccination records be kept secure and private?

Records will be kept according to the Province of Manitoba Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), Alberta’s The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), and Robertson’s Confidentiality of Student Information and Records Policy.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus, even if I am fully vaccinated?

Yes. All individuals on campus will be required to follow the guidelines outlined in Robertson’s COVID-19 Policies for both Manitoba and Alberta.

Will visitors to campus (contractors, massage clinic clients, etc.) also be required to provide proof of vaccination?

Yes.

What if I was vaccinated in another country?

If you were vaccinated in another country with a World Health Organization or Health Canada approved vaccine, you will need to provide proof of vaccination. If you were vaccinated with a vaccine that has not been approved, you are considered unvaccinated and will have to be vaccinated with an approved vaccine before attending campus.

What if I am vaccinated, but I feel sick? Can I still come to campus?

No. Please remain home until you have a negative COVID-19 test and you are symptom-free for 24 hours. Please see Robertson College’s COVID-19 Policies for additional information about isolation requirements.

What if all of my classes are online? Do I still need to be vaccinated and register my proof of vaccination?

No. However, if you wish to attend campus for any reason (e.g. to pick up a document, a book, or meet with a Robertson team member) then you must provide proof of vaccination.

What if I have not received or have lost my COVID-19 Immunization Card?

You can provide the electronic information (QR code) issued by the governmental agency where you were vaccinated.

I have a question, concern, or need help with something not answered on this page. Who do I contact?

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Once you take the first step, one of our Student Admissions Advisors will get in touch to better understand your goals for the future.