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Frequently Asked Questions on the PVP Program at Ambrose

What is the Proof of Vaccination Program (PVP)?

The Alberta Government created the Proof of Vaccination Program to help the province navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses, including post-secondary institutions, were given two options: either pursue the Proof of Vaccination Program, or comply with public health restrictions that limit the ability to remain open with full services. You can read more about the Proof of Vaccination Program at COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca

Why did Ambrose choose to pursue the PVP instead of other options?

Adopting the PVP guidelines gives us the ability to provide in-person classes and host on-campus activities, both of which are essential components of the Ambrose experience. The PVP also ensures that when public health orders change (which they inevitably will do), Ambrose is in the best position possible to continue on track without pause.

Who made the decision to follow the PVP?

Ambrose has an Emergency Response Committee (ERC) which has been meeting since March 2020 to navigate these ever-changing times. They are dedicated to keeping students, faculty and staff safe. The ERC consults with the Ambrose community, other institutions, and the government, and then prayerfully considers the best path forward at every turn. ERC presents recommendations to the President's Cabinet for final approval.

Do I have to show proof of vaccination in order to register for classes at Ambrose?

In order to be present on the Ambrose campus during the Winter term, students, faculty and staff will be required to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, OR that they have a negative result from an approved COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test administered within 72 hours of arriving on campus. Those who indicate they are not vaccinated, and those who would prefer not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to show proof of a negative result from an approved test on a regular basis.

Visitors to campus must also comply with the university PVP program.

Does Ambrose have to comply with the public health actions?

Every post-secondary institution in the province of Alberta must comply with public health actions. As we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we must meet the requirements set in place federally (Canada), provincially (Alberta) and locally (City of Calgary).

When does the PVP come into effect?

January 1, 2022.

Who has to meet the PVP Requirements at Ambrose?

All students, faculty, and staff must comply, as well as all guests and contractors who require access to campus at any given time.

How will non-compliance be handled?

Faculty and staff who provide false information either on vaccination status or a Covid-19 test result will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with existing procedures.

Students who provide false information either on vaccination status or a Covid-19 test result will be subject to consequences under the Non-Academic Misconduct policy.

How can I get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

There are many options for getting double vaccinated. To book your COVID-19 vaccines, please visit COVID-19 vaccines and records | Alberta.ca. For all three of the available vaccines, there is a 21-23 day wait before you can receive your second dose. If you are planning to pursue this option, we recommend getting the process started immediately. You are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second shot.

What will Ambrose accept as proof of vaccination?

Students, faculty and staff have been informed of the preliminary deadline of December 15, 2021, by which time they need to provide proof of being double vaccinated against COVID-19.

A person is considered fully vaccinated at a minimum of 14 days (about 2 weeks) from the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series approved by the World Health Organization, or a single dose of Janssen vaccine, or a mixed vaccine series. The following are acceptable forms of proof of vaccination:

  • An Alberta vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital) is now the only valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination accepted by operators participating in the REP.
  • Other accepted forms of proof of vaccination include:
    • First Nation vaccine records
    • Canadian Armed Forces vaccine records with QR codes
    • U.S. Military proof of vaccination and ID card
    • Out-of-country vaccine records
  • Personal identification that matches the vaccine record is also required for all adults 18 years of age and over.
How can I get a PVP Medical Exemption?

Those requesting a medical exemption must provide the original of a signed letter from a physician. This letter must include:

  • Your name and address as it is listed on your student account
  • The physician’s complete information (name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature)
  • A statement indicating the medical reason for not receiving vaccination against COVID-19
  • The duration for which the exemption is valid

If you have any questions, please consult with your physician. To apply for a Medical Exemption, please contact hss@ambrose.edu.

Anyone who receives a medical exemption will be required to produce a negative result from an approved test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.

Is Ambrose accepting Religious Exemptions?

At this point the Alberta Government will not consider religious exemptions for PVP, and therefore Ambrose will not accept religious exemptions.

How can I get a COVID-19 test and provide proof of a negative result?

There are many places available to get a Covid-19 test. Please make sure that wherever you obtain it, the following requirements are met:

  • It must be a Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
  • Your written or printed copy of the result must clearly state what type of test was taken, the laboratory that administered the test, the time your sample was collected, and the negative result.
  • Pharmasave at Springbank Professional Centre is offering $5 off each test with Ambrose ID.
Will Ambrose pay for or reimburse me for getting a COVID-19 test?

No.

Does Ambrose intend to offer on-site COVID-19 testing?

No.

Do I still have to follow other public health actions if I am fully vaccinated, have a negative COVID-19 test, or have a medical exemption?

Yes. Every person on campus must follow all masking and social distancing guidelines as communicated by the University. These requirements are subject to change at any time.

What happens if I do not choose to meet any of the three PVP requirements?

As of January 1, 2022, you will no longer have access to campus. Faculty, staff, and students received this information many weeks ago, for the purpose of providing ample time to make appropriate arrangements.

Will in-person classes have an online option?

No. Courses have been designed with specific delivery methods in mind. Should you need a fully online course schedule, please only register for the online courses.

What if I cannot travel to Canada because of the pandemic?

Please reach out to our International Admissions Advisor who will work with you and your specific circumstances. Although you do not require a study permit to begin your courses online, we strongly recommend you apply now so that:

  1. you can travel when the study permit is approved.
  2. any time spent studying online outside of Canada will count toward eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
How long will the PVP be in place?

Currently we are planning for the PVP to be in place for the full Winter 2022 term, as well as beyond, pending changes to government guidelines. While we all want things to go back to “normal,” we are committed to the safety of students, as well as providing the best possible University experience in the midst of a pandemic.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns about any of this information?

If your questions relate to the Proof of Vaccination Program (PVP), please direct them to: hss@ambrose.edu
If you have questions concerning your academic program or specific courses, please contact your faculty advisor or the Office of the Registrar.

If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you are not alone. This has been a difficult season, and many of us are starting the new semester feeling burnt out. We are here to support you in every way we can. Please reach out to Student Life at studentlife@ambrose.edu or visit Ambrose’s Wellness Services at Wellness Services | Ambrose University for information on supports available to students.