U of M rolls out proof of vaccination system
Faculty and students remark on ease of process

Staff and students at the University of Manitoba are now able to upload their proof of vaccination.

In August the university announced that it will require all “faculty, staff, students and campus visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The announcement stated that all individuals eligible for vaccination — those aged 12 and up — must have their first dose by Sept. 22 and their second by the end of October.

Even those who do not have class on campus or intend to visit campus will be required to upload their proof of vaccination.

The deadline to upload proof of vaccination is Nov. 14.

“All individuals who do not submit such proof will be considered unvaccinated,” read the announcement from U of M COVID-19 recovery steering committee chair Todd Mondor.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a photograph or screenshot of a QR code issued by Manitoba Health, a photo of a vaccination card or a photo of a vaccination record.

Additionally, the university has established asymptomatic testing protocols for those without vaccinations. As of Sept. 14, anybody accessing the Rady faculty of health sciences — including all buildings on the Bannatyne campus — as well as the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing on the Fort Garry campus will be required to show proof of vaccination or submit to a rapid COVID-19 test.

Rapid testing programs are currently in development for the Fort Garry campus and other satellite campuses.

Distinguished professor of history Adele Perry said the process went “quickly and easily.”

“It was a pretty seamless tech experience compared to many of the kind of experiences that one has in the world of online things […] it was a simple upload.”

Perry said even though she’s teaching online this semester, she’s glad the university is taking these measures.

“It seems to be an appropriate response in a context where there’s very grave public health concerns,” she said.

On Twitter, U of M instructor Jennifer Doering echoed Perry’s comments — “It was really easy!” — and offered the advice that those with physical vaccination cards will have to only take a photo of the QR code, since the upload site only allows for one file.

Other students, including former Manitoban news editor Gillian Brown and former research and technology reporter Kunal Rajpal, indicated on Twitter that the process was quick — Brown said it took “probably 30 seconds.”

Proof of vaccination can be uploaded at covid-declaration.umanitoba.ca