Ontario’s Medical Officers of Health issued a letter on Tuesday, Aug. 24 to the province’s universities and colleges that strongly supports vaccines for all students, faculty members, staff and visitors to any campus.
On Aug. 12, Brock announced its intention to mandate vaccines for the coming term.
Tuesday’s letter from the Medical Officers of Health aligns with the Brock approach, while strongly recommending:
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 be required for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus (students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors) with the rare exception of those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to permitted exemptions (medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code). Individuals are to be required to submit proof of vaccination.
- All individuals who are unvaccinated due to permitted exemptions or who are awaiting their second dose be required to adhere to additional health and safety measures, up to and including serial and frequent rapid testing.
- Individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus (students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors) should be fully vaccinated as soon as operationally feasible.
This week, faculty, staff and students will be receiving information on the University’s vaccination requirements and how to provide confirmation of your vaccination status.
Brock University is encouraged by surveys which indicate that at least 90 per cent of its students are fully vaccinated or have plans to be fully vaccinated. All others are strongly urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.