COVID-19 is a deadly virus, and its variants are increasingly contagious. Thanks to mass vaccinations, many deadly and debilitating diseases and viruses such as polio, rubella, diphtheria, measles, and mumps are now a thing of the past. Vaccinations are now essential to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Vaccines are generally available to everyone in Canada. International students who are in Canada, as well as those arriving in Canada unvaccinated, are fully eligible for vaccinations.
Everyone coming on campus will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine or written proof of a medical reason, provided by a physician or registered nurse, for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time period for the medical reason.
“Fully vaccinated” means having received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to coming on campus.
Those seeking a medical exemption can make a request by contacting Student Services. Please note that approval is not guaranteed. Those granted a medical exemption must get an Independent Molecular PCR COVID Test and provide verification of a negative test result within 72 hours of coming on campus for the first time. They must also submit to regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result at lease once per week thereafter for the duration of their medical exemption.
Weekly Rapid Antigen screening tests are mandatory for those with an approved vaccination exemption or those in the process of becoming fully vaccinated if they are coming to campus. Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests will be administered by a trained professional.
We will continue to provide online learning in order to provide access and flexibility if and as may be required. However, we strongly urge all members of our community to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to safely return to the in-person activities and relationships that we have all missed.
Ongoing updates and further details will be provided as soon as they become available.
Protecting ourselves and others is a social responsibility CMU College takes very seriously. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.