Vaccinations to become mandatory Jan. 1, 2022

Sent on behalf of President and Vice-Chancellor Tim Rahilly

Monday, September 13 at 11 a.m.

In partnership with other post-secondary institutions across the province, we are implementing an additional safety measure to build on our collective response to COVID-19. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Mount Royal University will require everyone coming to campus to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Mount Royal’s existing health measures including masking, vaccination declaration and rapid testing will continue for the fall semester.

While the rapid testing program will continue this fall, as of Jan. 1, 2022 it will no longer 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.

These decisions were not made lightly. Vaccinations are the most effective health measure we can take to protect ourselves and our community against COVID-19. Every member of our campus community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — must be a part of the effort to provide the safest environment possible given the seriousness of the fourth wave of the pandemic and the ongoing threat to public health and the health care system.

The vast majority of our campus community is reporting that they are fully vaccinated with a sizable contingent on their way with one shot. (See the latest numbers by logging in to Thank you to those who have already contributed to campus safety by being vaccinated.

I understand that some of you will not agree with the decision to require proof of vaccination to come to campus. At the same time, it is the University’s duty to provide the safest possible learning, studying, researching, working and living environment on our campus. By providing you with the vaccination requirement in advance of the Jan. 1 deadline, you can make informed decisions.

Opportunity to get vaccinated

On Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a vaccination bus will be on the roadway between the Library and the EA building. Bring your Alberta health card or government-issued ID.

You can also book an appointment through the Alberta Health Services website or by calling 811, as well as at doctor’s offices and many pharmacies.

As fall semester gets underway, please revisit these safety requirements:

  • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces on campus, with limited exceptions.
  • Be vigilant about self-monitoring for symptoms and stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest information and requirements at, including answers to your frequently asked questions.

In closing, I have confidence that the Mount Royal community will continue to work together to meet the ongoing challenge that is COVID-19. Together, we have shown that we can rise to the occasion and do our best to protect ourselves and one another.