Sault College students living in residence or playing varsity athletics must get their COVID-19 vaccinations for the coming school year.
Mandatory immunization also applies to about a dozen staff who work at Ray Lawson Hall and are connected to the college’s sports teams.
“The college implemented this policy to address students who will be in congregate settings,” said Rick Webb, director of human resources and communications, in an email to The Sault Star. “We felt this added safety measure was appropriate as these students and staff collect and come together on a regular basis.”
Deadline for vaccination of students and staff at the college residence is Sept. 20.
Vaccinations of athletes and staff of teams “must be completed on a prescribed schedule.” Proof of immunization is required.
About 200 athletes participating in six sports, including hockey, basketball and curling, and coaching staff will be affected by the college policy. Depending when the season runs, vaccines must be completed between Aug. 23 and Jan. 14.
The college anticipates its “safety measures” on campus, encouraging vaccination rates in Ontario and various learning options available to students will result in a “thorough set of protocols to ensure a safe learning environment this fall,” said Webb.
Sault College anticipates fewer international students at its Northern Avenue campus for the 2021-2022 school year. Students from other countries must quarantine in Toronto for 14 days before coming to the Sault. Quarantine may not be required if students have proof of receiving one of four vaccines recognized by the federal government, a release says. All international travellers will be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive in Canada.
President Ron Common is “strongly” encouraging everyone at the college to get vaccinated against COVID-19 “as soon as possible.”
Algoma University is “highly” recommending students, faculty and staff get vaccinated, said acting director of human resources Brianne Pringle in an email. Getting jabbed is “widely recognized as one of the most effective intevientions for reducing the impact of COVID-19,” she said of the university’s approach.
The university is sharing vaccination clinic information with groups such as Algoma University Students’ Union and Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association.
“We continue to monitor the situation and will reassess if required,” said Pringle.
Seneca College is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for any students and staff on its campuses this fall.
University of Western Ontario Faculty Association wants the post-secondary institution in London, Ont., to adopt a similar stance.
Several other schools, including Wilfrid Laurier, University of Ottawa, Trent University and Durham College, require students living in residence to get vaccinated.
Sault College is limiting students to single rooms at Ray Lawson Hall in September. Two students won’t share a room, said Webb. Students move in between Sept. 2 and 6.
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