One Of Ontario’s Biggest Universities Is Requiring Students To Be Vaccinated Before Moving Into Residence

One of Ontario’s biggest universities has made it a requirement that every student that wants to live in residence must get at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Western University says the policy will start in September for all new incoming students. This new requirement will also extend to the university’s affiliated colleges.

Like most other universities in the province, Western is getting set to hold in-person classes again in the Fall semester.

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Due to this, all students are being urged to get their shot as soon as they can. Students going into residence will be asked about their vaccine status upon arrival to campus.

If that is not possible, however, those students will have up to two weeks to get their shot after moving in. Students who have special exemptions can still request an accommodation.

Western will be hosting on-campus vaccine clinics in the summer to give out shots to students, staff and faculty also.

The school says they will still enforce COVID-19 restrictions like mask-wearing, social distancing, enhanced cleaning and testing. The lifting of these restrictions is subject to public health requirements set by the province.

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