These Canadian Universities Are Requiring Students To Be Vaccinated Before Moving Into Residence This Fall

Canadian students’ “staycation” will soon be over this coming fall with universities and colleges reopening.

However, there is one slight catch. If you plan on attending certain schools, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

(via: CTV News)

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Western University is asking students who are planning to live on campus to have at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Students who cannot access the shot immediately will have a 14-day grace period to receive their first dose.

Following in the same footsteps, the University of Toronto is requiring all students living in residence to have at least one dose of a vaccine.

U of T will provide vaccines to students for those having trouble accessing clinics, depending on the supply on hand.

Trent University, in the Durham and Peterborough region, is also requiring residence students to have one dose of the jab.

Not all universities and colleges are onboard

There are some universities and colleges that are not asking for students to be vaccinated this fall.

McMaster University will not require in-residence students to receive the vaccine.

Associate vice-president and dean of students Sean Van Koughnet told Global News that the mandate will be a “tremendous administrative burden.”

Van Koughnet also believes having these mandates is unnecessary, and with the vaccine rollouts ramping up, the chances of students getting ill are quite slim.

Furthermore, McMaster University seems to be trying to return to some sense of normalcy, with an in-residence capacity of 93 per cent.

McMaster is also leaving some residence space for isolation in the event students fall ill.

Their athletics facilities will be open however, and the school will be adhering to health and safety protocols.

Several universities are still debating whether students and faculty returning to campus need to be vaccinated.

Algoma University and the University of Winnipeg have not decided whether in-residence students require a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to school.

Laurentian University, McGill University and the University of Alberta will not be asking students to show proof of vaccination.

Students attending York University are not requiring students to be vaccinated before school starts.

However, all universities will be looking closely at how the world unfolds.

There have been recent debates regarding whether the use of “vaccine passports” are constitutional.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has argued that some groups who’ve been affected by COVID-19, which includes new immigrants or marginalized communities, may be affected by the vaccine passports.

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