COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 1:17 PM   |  Updated: Apr 28, 2021 12:34 PM

The Government of Alberta is responsible for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Alberta. The vaccine is being distributed through a phased immunization program. You can find more information about the vaccination program on the Government of Alberta COVID-19 vaccine website.

NAIT continues to monitor the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and will share information about the impact on our community here as it becomes available.

Frequently asked questions

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for staff and students?

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Alberta. However, Alberta Health Services recommends all Albertans get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible to help protect themselves and their communities.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory for NAIT students and staff who work in health-care settings as part of their programs?

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Alberta. However, Alberta Health Services (AHS) recommends all Albertans get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible to help protect themselves and their communities.

Students undertaking practicums in clinical areas are eligible to be vaccinated as part of phase 2C of Alberta’s vaccine rollout. You can find more information about the vaccination program on the Government of Alberta COVID-19 vaccine website.

At this time, AHS has indicated that a worker’s COVID-19 immunization status will not affect workplace considerations at AHS sites. This is a change from normal practice and is because all Albertans have not yet had the opportunity to be immunized.

AHS indicates this may change: “As these factors change, the impact on not being vaccinated will change to reflect current practices for influenza, which does impact an employee if they have chosen not to get immunized.” (See page 43, COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, of AHS’s COVID-19 FAQ for Staff for more.)

Some other clinical sites are requesting proof of student vaccinations as an eligibility requirement for practicum placements and, as a result, choosing not to be vaccinated could impact student progression if the clinical site requires vaccination.

NEW – If I am a student working in a health-care setting as part of my program and I receive a COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to provide proof of my vaccination?

Yes. Students working in a health-care setting need to provide their immunization documentation for tracking purposes to Health Services office at immunizations@nait.ca.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory for NAIT students and staff who work at other third-party sites as part of their programs and/or work?

The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Alberta. However, Alberta Health Services recommends all Albertans get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible help protect themselves and their communities.

If a third-party site makes the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory and you do not meet the immunization requirements, your placement may be refused by a site. For students, your program will work with you to determine if an alternative placement is possible. If it is not, your progression in the program may be impeded. For employees, your work at that site may be impacted.   

As is our practice at NAIT, the more stringent health and safety requirements apply, whether those are NAIT’s or those of a partner organization.

Are international students eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

International students will be eligible to receive the vaccine as per Alberta’s immunization program. Individuals who are living, working or going to school in Alberta will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. (You can find more information on the Government of Alberta COVID-19 vaccine website and in the government’s vaccine Q&A.)

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for international students travelling into Canada?

At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Canada. However, the Government of Canada recommends vaccination as soon as individuals are eligible to help protect themselves and their communities. You can find more information about requirements when flying to Canada on the Government of Canada’s website.

UPDATED - I am a NAIT staff member. Will I be able to book my COVID-19 vaccine appointment during work hours?

On April 21, the Government of Alberta passed Bill 71, which provides all working Albertans with up to 3 hours of paid leave to get each dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Full-time and temporary salaried staff have access to available medical appointment time to accommodate vaccination appointments during the day, and should continue using their paid medical appointment time if eligible under the collective agreement or HR procedure. Information about this provision can be found in

Employees should seek approval from their supervisor for the absence and should submit an absence request through Employee Self-Service (login required).

Through Bill 71, casual and sessional staff who are not eligible for medical appointment leave under their relevant collective agreement or HR procedure will be paid for taking time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if the appointment takes place during a scheduled shift. They will have to let their supervisor know of the absence ahead of time.