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Vaccine verification and rapid testing

 

Overview and timeline

  • Jan 1, 2022: Everyone coming to SAIT campuses must be able to prove full COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will no longer be accepted.
  • Monday, Oct. 25: Free rapid testing through SAIT will no longer be available.
  • Monday, Sept. 27: Controlled access to campus to be implemented in accordance with the province’s public health guidelines specific to post-secondary institutions.
  • Thursday, Sept. 23: Appointments for free rapid testing off campus available for booking by SAIT employees and students.
  • Monday, Sept. 20: Free rapid testing clinic for SAIT employees and students opens on campus.
  • Monday, Sept. 20: On-campus classes resume. Vaccine verification and rapid testing begins for those coming to campus.
  • Thursday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 19: Due to the state of public health emergency in the province of Alberta, all SAIT campuses closed to all in-person activities. Online classes continue to run.
  • Monday, Sept. 13: Vaccine verification module goes live through the SAITALERT app.

 

Last updated: Oct. 25, 2021

In alignment with the Government of Alberta’s  Restriction Exemption Program and following the province’s public health guidelines specific to post-secondary institutions (CMOH 42-2021), controlled building access is now in effect at all SAIT campuses.

You will enter buildings on campus through a designated entrance. You must show proof of vaccine verification or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result through the SAITALERT app, or documentation supporting an approved medical exemption or accommodation, at the door. Make sure you also have government-issued ID or your SAIT eCard.

Remember, non-medical face masks must be worn in all public indoor areas, classrooms and labs on campus.

Don't come to campus if you:

Vaccine verification through SAITALERT

Anyone accessing any SAIT campus in person or attending a SAIT event off campus needs to provide proof of World Health Organization (WHO)-approved full vaccination (two doses for a two-dose vaccine) or proof of a negative lab-based PCR or rapid COVID-19 test every 72-hours (subject to change), or proof of an approved medical exemption or accommodation.

If you’re unable to upload proof of vaccination through SAITALERT, carry it with you and be prepared to show it if asked. You must also have your SAIT eCard or government-issued picture ID ready to show. Images or screenshots of your ID will not be accepted. 

Accepted proof of vaccination

Accepted proof of vaccination is outlined under the Restrictions Exemption Program.

  • A picture or paper record of a valid Alberta Health Services, MyHealth Records, pharmacy, First Nations, or physician immunization record prominently displaying the name, type of vaccine and date of administration, or
  • Canadian armed forces immunization record, displaying the name, type of vaccine and date of administration, or
  • An immunization record from another Canadian Province or Territory, displaying the name, type of vaccine and date of administration, or
  • Valid Government of Alberta Vaccination QR code (when available).
Accepted proof of a negative test

Accepted proof of a negative test is outlined under the Restrictions Exemption Program

  • The test result must indicates the individual has tested negative for COVID-19 on a Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR, or lab-based PCR test approved by Health Canada.
  • Valid test results must clearly outline the type of test, time of sample collection, negative result, and the laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
  • Photos of a rapid test or result taken offsite is not sufficient.
  • A self-test completed offsite or self-produced documentation of a negative test result is not valid.
  • Tests must not be from the Alberta Health Services public COVID-19 testing system as this system is currently reserved for symptomatic individuals and those in outbreak situations.  

Note: Anyone under the age of 12 does not need to provide proof of a negative test.

📱 Submit vaccine verification or negative test result 

Step 1: Download the free SAITALERT app through  Google Play or the  App Store.
Step 2: Enable push notifications on both your phone settings and in the app.

  • Scroll down to About/Preferences
  • Go to Notification Settings
  • Enable Notifications

Step 3: Submit your "Vaccine verification."

Mobile app:

  • Log in to the app with your SAIT credentials ( SAIT email and password).
  • Go to "Vaccine verification."
  • Select "Submit vaccine verification" or "Submit negative test results."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."

Desktop:

  • Visit  SAITALERT Vaccine Verification online
  • Enter your SAIT credentials ( SAIT email and password).
  • Select "Submit vaccine verification" or "Submit negative test results."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."
Using SAITALERT as a guest

SAIT’s emergency app, SAITALERT is used to verify proof of vaccination and negative test results. SAIT students and employees, as well as guests to campus, can download SAITALERT or use the desktop version to confirm their vaccination status and upload documentation. If you’re unable to upload your documentation through SAITALERT, carry it with you and be prepared to show it when asked.

Step 1: Download the free SAITALERT app through Google Play or the App Store.
Step 2: Enable push notifications on both your phone settings and in the app.

  • Scroll down to About/Preferences
  • Go to Notification Settings
  • Enable Notifications

Step 3: Submit your "Vaccine verification."

Mobile app:

  • Select "Vaccine verification."
  • Select "Register as a guest" to create account with your work or personal email.

Next, select "Continue" and then "Log in as guest" if needed.

  • Select "Submit vaccine verification" or "Submit negative test results."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."

Desktop:

Next, select "Continue" and then "Log in as a guest" if needed.

  • Select "Submit vaccine verification" or "Submit negative test results."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."

Rapid testing on campus

For a limited time, SAIT will provide a rapid testing clinic on main campus. There will be a $45 charge for each test. Appointments are required.

The clinic is located in the Orpheus Theatre in the Campus Centre and operates weekdays from 7:30 am to 3 pm (hours and days of operation subject to change). 

Week of Oct. 25: The clinic will operate from the Symposium Room in Campus Centre.

Looking for a rapid testing site off campus? Follow the link to a list of third-party rapid testing vendors compiled by the Government of Alberta. 

Book your rapid test

Book your appointment online through the website of our testing partner,  NUMI health:

  • Visit  NUMI health
  • Click on the button that says “Book an Antigen Test”
  • Select “SAIT Main Campus” as the location for your test
  • Enter the promo code SAITPASS to reduce the cost to $45
  • Enter your information and select a date and time for your test
  • Arrive on time for your test. Please bring your phone (for receiving your test result) and your SAIT eCard or government-issued ID. You will be required to show ID at check-in.
  • The test involves a shallow nasal swab. It is quick and painless. You will be asked to wait in the theatre for 15-20 minutes and will receive your result by text message. Upload a screenshot of the text message to SAITALERT as your proof of negative test result.

To cancel a rapid testing appointment, please contact numi directly by email at info@numihealth.com or by phone at 1-844-438-6864 (1-844-GET-NUMI).

Medical exemptions and accommodations

Requests for medical exemptions/other accommodations requests will be reviewed by SAIT’s vaccination exemption review committee. Those requesting a vaccination exemption must submit their request using this form  and provide supporting information. Questions on vaccination exemptions can be sent to vaccine.exemption@sait.ca

Students and employees approved for exemption/accommodation will be notified by email and, as required, will need to upload the approval letter into the SAITALERT app to be authenticated as proof of the exemption/accommodation.

Please note that until a decision is provided for a vaccination exemption request, proof of a negative lab-based PCR or rapid COVID-19 test must be uploaded into SAITALERT every 72-hours to be permitted to enter campus facilities, including buildings, classrooms and labs. Please allow for up to seven days for your exemption request to be processed. 

Frequently asked questions

Will my vaccination information be kept private?

Yes. Information collected through the SAITALERT app on behalf of SAIT falls under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). It will be used only for the purpose of implementing SAIT’s COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and Rapid Testing Program. Information may be disclosed to provincial or federal authorities if required by law. De-identified aggregate data will be used to track the overall vaccination level of the SAIT community.

What if I’m studying/working online?

Vaccination verification or rapid testing is mandatory for those attending in-person academic and support activities or SAIT events.

SAIT also encourages those who have not yet returned to campus on a regular basis to complete the Vaccine Verification module in SAITALERT. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, everyone coming to SAIT campuses must be able to prove full COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will no longer be accepted.

Do I need to get tested if I've recently tested positive for COVID-19?

Students or employees who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from rapid antigen testing for 60 days from the date of their positive test result. Proof of the previous positive COVID-19 test must be submitted for validation to Accessibility Services (for students) and to Employee Services (for employees).

Can I get vaccinated on campus?

Information on campus vaccination clinics will be provided when available. You can find local vaccination information through Alberta Health.

Questions? 

Contact vaccine.verification@sait.ca

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