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UWinnipeg further strengthens its vaccination mandate

The University of Winnipeg is further strengthening its vaccination mandate announced on August 19, 2021. Under the mandate, which is effective September 7, full vaccination from COVID-19 is required to be on campus for learning, studying, teaching, research, or work.

The following updates to the mandate have been made this week to further safeguard the health of the UWinnipeg community — considering the pandemic’s impending fourth wave, fuelled by the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant.

  • All UW Collegiate high school students must be fully vaccinated to attend campus.
  • Users of indoor recreation facilities must be fully vaccinated, as per newly announced requirements from Shared Health Manitoba.
  • Rapid-testing (negative COVID-19 test proof) will not be available at this time as an option to attain campus access, due to logistical issues.
  • A process for addressing medical and human rights-based exemption requests is being considered but will not be ready in time to address campus access for start of fall-term classes. Human rights-based exemption inquiries may be directed to UWinnipeg’s Human Rights and Diversity Officer at s.belding@uwinnipeg.ca.   

“We are firmly committed to ensuring a safe return to campus and we know that getting vaccinated is the way forward. Strengthening our vaccine mandate now will speed our return to normalcy. Like all organizations, we are adapting quickly to evolving circumstances and will do our best to support affected students with changes to their academic schedules if they are not vaccinated,” said Dr. James Currie, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor.

Faculty, staff, and students who are fully vaccinated (two doses plus two weeks) will be required to present one-time proof of vaccination. Once verified, a green campus-access sticker will be affixed to their student ID card or employee ID card (please follow link for instructions if you do not already have an ID card). The card with sticker will need to be presented at designated access points to enter campus.

A vaccination verification centre in Riddell Hall is open from Monday, August 30 to Friday, September 10 with daily hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The centre will be closed September 4 to 6.

Those who are fully vaccinated but unable to provide proof at this time — or are partially vaccinated and scheduled to complete their vaccination — will be asked to sign a self-declaration form. They will receive a temporary access sticker, which will be valid until October 15, 2021. Campus access will be revoked unless proof of full vaccination is shown by that date.

Undergraduate students who will not be fully vaccinated by October 15 and wish to change their fall class schedules can contact Academic Advising to investigate available remote learning alternatives; graduate students can contact their Graduate Program Chair.

For additional information, please see our online FAQ, which will be updated regularly as information evolves.

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