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Vaccine verification

Last updated: Jan. 6, 2022

 

Overview and timeline

  • Jan 1, 2022: 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. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will no longer be accepted. Please familiarize yourself with SAIT’s Mandatory Vaccination Protocol
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22: S tarting Monday, Jan. 3, SAIT theory classes will be delivered online until at least Friday, Jan. 21. On-campus labs will run in person as scheduled starting Monday, Jan. 10.
  • Friday, Dec. 17: The on-campus rapid testing clinic has ended.
  • Friday, Dec. 10: Rapid test results can no longer be uploaded to SAITALERT. Please use paper copies of rapid test results.
  • 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.

Controlled building access

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 in effect at all SAIT campuses.

You will enter buildings on campus through a designated entrance and must provide proof of  World Health Organization (WHO)-approved  full vaccination OR proof of an approved medical exemption or accommodation at the door. If you're attending a SAIT event off campus, the same proof is required. Please also have a government-issued photo ID or your SAIT eCard ready. 

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

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Mandatory Vaccination Protocol

Please familiarize yourself with SAIT’s  Mandatory Vaccination Protocol

As of Jan. 1, 2022, SAIT requires members of the SAIT community to be  fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone accessing SAIT campus in person or attending a SAIT event off campus will need to prove their vaccination status. Rapid testing is no longer accepted as an alternative to full vaccination, except as part of a previously-approved accommodation.

How to access campus

SAIT’s emergency app, SAITALERT is used to verify proof of vaccination along with a valid government-issued photo ID or your SAIT eCard. 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. 

Accepted proof of vaccination

Vaccine records accepted in Alberta:

  • Alberta vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital) OR approved SAITALERT QR code is now the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted at SAIT.
  • Other accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:
    • Other provincial vaccine records for those out-of-province persons vaccinated elsewhere in Canada
    • First Nation vaccine records
    • Canadian Armed Forces vaccine records
    • S. Military proof of vaccination and ID card
    • ArriveCan app for out-of-Canada persons vaccinated elsewhere with an accepted primary series of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Valid identification that matches the vaccine record is also required for adults 18 and over.

Alberta Residents:

  • If you or your children under 18 were partially or fully vaccinated outside of Alberta, update your health records by submitting your out-of-province/country immunization records online at ahs.ca/vaccineregistry
  • Submitted records will be reviewed by AHS:
    • If more information is required to validate your record, AHS will contact you.
    • If your record cannot be validated, book an appointment to begin or complete a valid COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • Verified information will be available on alberta.ca/CovidRecords in up to two weeks.

📱 Submit vaccine verification

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."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."

Desktop:

Using SAITALERT as a guest

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."
  • 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."
  • Follow the steps.
  • Once your submission is complete it will be reviewed and verified.
  • Check your status with "View current status."

Student support if you haven't verified your vaccination status

SAIT is here to support you in making decisions about your enrollment.

  • If you are unvaccinated and have on-campus classes scheduled, please call our Student Support line at 1-800-406-4726 to connect with an advisor.
  • Is your vaccine regime still in progress? Contact vaccine.verification@sait.ca
  • For other student advising questions not related to vaccinations, please submit an online ticket with your question for a personal response.

Rapid testing on campus has ended

Find a list of third-party rapid testing vendors compiled by the Government of Alberta. 

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 the Vaccination Exemption Request 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 is required to enter campus facilities, including buildings, classrooms and labs.

Looking for an at-home rapid test kit?

The Government of Alberta advised that starting Friday, Dec. 17, Albertans can pick up one free COVID-19 rapid testing kit per person at select pharmacies in Calgary, Red Deer or Edmonton, or at select Alberta Health Services clinics in other communities, while supplies last. Each kit includes five tests and instructions.

Rapid tests can help detect COVID-19 before people know they're infected. Increasing testing at home will identify infections early so people can isolate to help stop the spread. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity if you have concerns regarding your health status and use these tests for personal health screening.

Be advised: These tests, however, cannot be used for the Restrictions Exemption Program or for those with approved accommodations at SAIT. 

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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. 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 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.

COVID-19 booster shots

For your health and safety, and the safety of others, we encourage all to receive a third COVID-19 vaccination dose, or “booster”.

A booster dose is not currently required to access campus nor is it required to upload proof of your booster shot into the SAITAlert app at this time. These requirements may change in the future.

Questions? 

Contact vaccine.verification@sait.ca

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