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Anyone who does not have a McMaster ID is required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before attending a McMaster location. This includes visitors, contractors, volunteers or an employee of an external organization that leases space from McMaster. See Visitor Vaccination Policy here.

Individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

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  • A volunteer who is not fully vaccinated may not attend a McMaster location until you either become fully vaccinated or receive an exemption from the University on the basis of a substantiated human rights ground.
    • Visit Hamilton Public Health’s website to find information about where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the community at a clinic or participating pharmacy today.
    • Apply for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption from the University on the basis of a substantiated human rights ground from McMaster by emailing vacc@mcmaster.ca. Those with approved exemptions will need to complete additional health and safety requirements.

A volunteer under the age of 12 is ineligible for vaccination (as of September 7, 2021) and is exempt from providing proof of vaccination to attend a McMaster location but must meet all other COVID precautions and university protocols, including masking and physical distancing.

In addition, all individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

Contractors with multiple staff working on site at McMaster locations are considered large contractors.

Employees of large contractors are required to provide proof of vaccination to their employer. Your employer will attest that their staff coming on site are cleared to come to a McMaster location.

If an employee of a large contractor cannot provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, they can request an exemption on the basis of a substantiated human rights ground from their employer. Those with approved exemptions will need to complete health and safety requirements.

More information for contractors can be found on the Facility Services website.

In addition, all individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

An independent contractor refers to a contractor who attends a McMaster location alone to complete work.

  • An independent contractor who is fully vaccinated must use the McMaster Safety App to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at least one hour before your first time attending a McMaster location.
  • Download the McMaster Safety App on any internet connected Apple or Android device. It is also available via website browser.
  • An independent contractor who is not fully vaccinated may not attend a McMaster location until you either become fully vaccinated or receive an exemption from the University on the basis of a substantiated human rights ground.
    • Visit Hamilton Public Health’s website to find information about where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the community at a clinic or participating pharmacy today.
    • Apply for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption from the University on the basis of a substantiated human rights ground from McMaster. Medical exemption forms can be found here. The form for non-medical human rights grounds can be found here. Still have questions? Email vacc@mcmaster.ca. Those with approved exemptions will need to complete health and safety requirements.

More information for contractors can be found on the Facility Services website.

In addition, all individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

A visitor refers to anyone who goes inside a building at a McMaster location for a consecutive 15 minute period or for a total period of at least 1 hour during a 24-hour period, and is inclusive of persons attending a McMaster location for conferences, recreation, sporting events, concerts, performances and restaurant patrons. Guests of the McMaster hotel properties are also considered Visitors.

To attend a McMaster location, all visitors must use the McMaster Safety App to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at least one hour before your first time attending a McMaster location.

Download the McMaster Safety App on any internet connected Apple or Android device. It is also available via website browser.

If you are not fully vaccinated, visitors cannot attend a McMaster location.

In addition, all individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

To attend a McMaster location, all employees of an organization that leases space from McMaster must use the McMaster Safety App to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at least one hour before your first time attending a McMaster location.

Download the McMaster Safety App on any internet connected Apple or Android device. It is also available via website browser.

If you are not fully vaccinated, employees of an external organization that leases space from McMaster cannot attend a McMaster location.

Not sure if this applies to you? Ask your supervisor if you are an employee of an external organization that leases space from McMaster and if these steps are required by you. McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) will set and communicate protocols for tenants separately. Please contact MIP for details on this process.

In addition, all individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

A member of the public refers to anyone coming to a McMaster location and staying outside only, or only coming into a building for less than 15 minutes.

For example, a member of the public includes anyone who does not have MacID and is coming to a McMaster location to enjoy a walk outside or delivery personnel.

Members of the public must follow all other local Public Health guidelines and McMaster health and safety measures while attending a McMaster location.

Individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.

Members of the public do not need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend a McMaster location.

Visitors, contractors, volunteers and employees of an organization that leases space from McMaster who are required to use the McMaster Safety app should be prepared to show approval to attend a McMaster location, which appears as an approval message with a date and QR code in the McMaster Safety App. It is particularly important to be prepared to do so in those settings where people are interacting in student service areas or for one-on-one appointments, including:

You will not be required to show your McMaster Safety App approval to enter campus or a campus building.  There will not be any random checks for McMaster Safety App approval in open and common areas of campus.

For more information on McMaster’s vaccine mandate, check out our Vaccination FAQs on the Back to Mac website.

All individuals must not attend a McMaster location if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to successfully complete the provincial government’s COVID-19 self assessment.