Under McMaster’s Vaccination Policy, students are required to upload their proof of vaccination 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. Please see below for guidance for students who are studying entirely remotely or have at least one in-person class this fall.
Yes. If you are a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, even if you do not plan to attend campus or any McMaster-affiliated site in the fall term, you are required to upload your proof of vaccination to MacCheck by October 18th. As McMaster currently does not offer any undergraduate or graduate programs without some level of in-person learning, you will be required to come to campus at some point during your degree. This could include an in-person class in the Winter 2022 term or an in-person assessment.
Full-time or part-time degree students who are in their final term of study before graduating and who are not fully vaccinated may apply for special consideration in order to finish their degree while complying with the university’s Vaccination Policy. Details on how to apply for special consideration will be shared soon.
If you are enrolled in a health professional degree program, you should follow the instructions from the Faculty of Health Sciences Health Screening Office and your education program for submitting proof of vaccination. As most health professional degree programs do not have any remote learning options, learners who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to meet as soon as possible with their education program to explore possible next steps.
You are not required to upload your proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool until you have arrived in Canada and completed your 14-day quarantine. You must apply for a temporary special consideration, which will expire as soon as you have completed quarantine. Details on how to apply for temporary special consideration will be shared soon.
If this applies to you, please contact the Student Wellness Centre in advance of travelling to Canada to arrange an appointment to receive a single dose of an mRNA vaccine if you are fully vaccinated with a non-Health Canada or WHO-approved vaccine, or two doses of an mRNA vaccine if you have not received any vaccination doses. You should book this appointment the day after you complete your 14-day quarantine.
Once you are fully vaccinated under McMaster’s definition, you are required to upload your proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool. Once this is complete and you have passed the daily COVID-19 health screening, you will be able to come to campus or any McMaster-affiliated site.
If you are a student who is not in a degree program and you are only taking remote courses, you are strongly encouraged but not required to upload proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool, unless you plan on accessing campus or a McMaster-affiliated site.
If you decide to take an in-person course in a future semester, you must upload proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool before enrolling.
Continuing Education students in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have in-person clinical placements are required to follow the health and safety mandates, including vaccination policies, of their employer.