Sept. 3, 2021

Update on COVID-19

Message to the campus community from Teri Balser, provost and vice-president (academic)

Earlier today, the Government of Alberta announced new measures to address the spread of Covid-19 in the Province of Alberta. These measures include new financial incentives for getting vaccinated, masking requirements, and recommendations around social and workplace gatherings.

These changes do not require modifications to the University’s fall plans for teaching and on-campus activity.

Faculty and staff supporting on-campus activity such as student services, teaching and research will continue to be expected to be on campus. Other support functions should, where appropriate, revert to remote working. Please reach out to your manager for further instructions.

Protections in place at the University of Calgary include mandatory regular rapid testing (or vaccination) and mandatory mask usage. These protections exceed provincial requirements, reflect our unique context and support a safe campus rich with opportunities.

Complete your COVIDSafe campus requirements

To date, more than one-third of our University community has completed their COVIDSafe requirement to enroll in regular rapid testing or be fully vaccinated. Of those who have enrolled, 91.4% are already fully vaccinated.

If you have not completed your COVIDSafe campus requirements, you have until September 14 to do so, though we encourage you to act today.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated. We unreservedly endorse vaccination as our best defence against the consequences of Covid-19. Being vaccinated protects you against the risk of severe illness or death. All of us being vaccinated is how we move past the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have not already done so, please book an appointment to get vaccinated. The mobile vaccination clinic will be back on campus next week on September 8  and 9. Details can be found here.

The situation with Covid-19 continues to evolve. We’ll continue to watch it closely and will adjust as necessary to protect our community. 

Many courses have already begun and our campus is returning to activity. It’s exciting to see, and we look forward to safely welcoming even more of you to campus next week!


Teri Balser
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)