With the return of in-person teaching and learning on Monday, Sept. 13, Brock’s community of students, faculty and staff is reporting a vaccination rate of greater than 90 per cent.
On Aug. 12, the University announced a vaccine mandate for anyone coming to campus. Since that time, tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff have uploaded their vaccine certifications for verification and have completed an online process confirming their status.
As of Saturday, Sept. 11:
- 95 per cent of students who have at least one on-campus course this fall or who are employed on campus have confirmed they are vaccinated. Within this group of respondents, 92 per cent are fully vaccinated and 8 per cent have received one dose at this time, with a second dose scheduled.
- 91 per cent of all faculty and staff members have confirmed they are vaccinated. Within this group of respondents, 96 per cent are fully vaccinated and four per cent have received one dose at this time, with a second dose scheduled.
These results greatly exceed the general vaccination rates in the wider Ontario and Canadian populations.
“Once again, our community shows that they care about each other and are doing their part to ensure a healthy and safe return,” says Interim Brock University President Lynn Wells. “Thank you to everyone for working together so that the University can fulfil its mandate of providing high-quality teaching and learning for students, enabling leading-edge research and engaging with its community.”
Only those who are fully vaccinated and who have uploaded their verified vaccine certification are permitted to come to campus unless they meet specific and limited exemptions. Before arriving, every person must also complete the Brock screening process on the Brock Safety app.
Those who meet specific and limited medical or human rights accommodation criteria are required to complete ongoing rapid antigen screening. Anyone who is partially vaccinated will also complete rapid antigen screening until 14 days after their second dose.
Every Ontario university and college has a vaccination mandate and policy in place, as required by the Government of Ontario and the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health.
The vaccine mandate is just one part of Brock’s multi-faceted return-to-campus plan that also includes:
- Enhanced air handling and ventilation systems that exceed provincial criteria
- Mandatory face masks for everyone on campus
- Reservation and screening requirements for recreation and sports facilities
- Active pre-arrival screening
- Physical distancing and other measures in non-instructional spaces
Brock has an ever-expanding collection of answers to specific questions that can be found at brocku.ca/coronavirus