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COVID-19 travel update for the McMaster community

On October 21, 2021, Global Affairs Canada lifted the blanket advisory against all international non-essential travel for fully vaccinated Canadians. However, the government continues to advise caution when planning international trips. Travel still includes inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and travelers are advised to stay informed of COVID-19 activity at their destination, including any […]

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Safety is McMaster’s top priority for winter term

As McMaster prepares for the full return of all students, faculty and staff to campus in January 2022, safety continues to be the top priority.   As part of our safety strategy, McMaster will build upon its proactive and thorough layers of safety already in place or the fall term:  McMaster’s vaccination mandate is in full effect as of Oct. 18. Only students, staff and faculty members who are fully vaccinated or […]

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Updates to ventilation plan

McMaster’s Utilities team is working closely with Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services (EOHSS) to ensure that the university ventilation systems are functioning as designed. For the fall, McMaster announced a ventilation plan that involved maximizing fresh air and installing MERV-13 filters in buildings with ventilation systems. Classrooms and lecture halls were inspected to meet ASHRAE 62.1, a standard […]

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Closure of satellite Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centres and reduced hours at centre on campus

The two Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centres at satellite locations will close. The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centre at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (Room 125) will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29th. The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Centre at the Ron Joyce Centre (Room 125) in Burlington will close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, […]

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What to expect in Winter 2022

Dear members of the McMaster community, Whether you have been joining us virtually this fall or have been on campus or at another McMaster site, we have been so excited to see the activity levels increasing and to have the chance to spend time with students and colleagues. My greatest thanks for all that you have contributed and for the support you have shown each other as we have dealt […]

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96 per cent of McMaster students are fully vaccinated

With the university’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy fully in place as of today (October 18th), McMaster’s students, faculty and staff have overwhelmingly uploaded their proof of vaccination. More than 99 per cent of faculty and 96 per cent of staff have uploaded proof of vaccination to the MacCheck reporting tool. Approximately 96 per cent of all […]

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After the vaccination mandate deadline: Next steps for students, faculty and staff

As of October 18th, 2021, McMaster’s Vaccination Policy requires all students, faculty and staff to have uploaded proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to MacCheck or have an approved human rights exemption.  Next Steps  You can check the status of your vaccination proof by viewing the homepage of the MacCheck digital tool.   My vaccination proof is approved My vaccination proof […]

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Confirmed COVID-19 case at McMaster: October 8

The university has received notification of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus. This case involves a student who was tested on October 8 and was last on campus October 6, in the Health Sciences Building. All impacted areas have since been thoroughly cleaned. The student is isolating off campus. Any contact tracing required is being managed by public health authorities. […]

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MacCheck reminder: Upload proof of vaccination by October 17

As we continue our transition to a hybrid semester of virtual and in-person learning experiences, it’s as important as ever for everyone to participate in keeping our McMaster community safe. Matthew Miller, associate professor in the department of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster, says the scientific evidence is clear— vaccines are the most effective […]

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Vaccination policy information for faculty and staff: Beyond October 17

Under McMaster’s Vaccination Policy, all faculty and staff are required to upload proof of vaccination to MacCheck by October 17th at 11:59pm ET. After this date, if you have not provided proof of vaccination or received an approved exemption you are not permitted to attend McMaster’s campus or any McMaster-affiliated site and there may be impacts […]

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