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Queen’s University updates mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement

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Queen’s University is joining other universities and colleges in Ontario in implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all individuals (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors) participating in university activities in person, either on Queen’s campus or other Queen’s property.

The updated Mandatory Vaccination Policy indicates that Queen’s is implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all individuals participating in university activities in person. COVID-19 testing will no longer be an option for those who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated in accessing campus. Instead, the University is “implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all individuals (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors) participating in university activities in person, either on Queen’s campus or other Queen’s property.” This comes after “all universities and colleges in Ontario received a letter from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH), recommending mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies at all post-secondary institutions across the 34 Public Health regions in the province,” Queen’s states in their updated policy.

Earlier this month Queen’s released a Residence Update, indicating that “students living in residence are subject to a vaccination status mandatory disclosure process. Information to date reflects that 98 per cent of students living in residence have indicated that they plan to be vaccinated, including 82 per cent who are already fully vaccinated, and a further 16 per cent have committed to completing the process in the coming weeks.”

Petitions both for and against the mandatory vaccine policy have been started by Queen’s students in response to the original Campus Re-Opening Framework, and subsequent vaccine policy that the university has put in place. Read our coverage of the petition in favour of a vaccine mandate, and the petition to end the vaccine mandate.

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