Proof of vaccination required at both Mohawk College and McMaster University in Hamilton

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Published August 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm


Hamilton’s two major post-secondary institutions will require vaccination for campus access.

Mohawk College and McMaster University made it official on Monday (Aug. 16), citing the health and safety of students and employees as their top priority.

“In an effort to ensure a safe environment for those involved, we previously announced a mandatory vaccination policy for people working and living in the Mohawk Students Residence and for all varsity athletes and employees,” reads a letter signed by Ron McKerlie, President & CEO at Mohawk College.

“Today, in consultation with Public Health authorities, we are expanding that requirement to include all Mohawk College facilities.”

As of Sept. 7, 2021, all employees, students, contractors and visitors attending Mohawk College facilities will be required to confirm that they have had at least one dose of a Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccine before entering a Mohawk facility.

The second dose must be received by October 15, with proof of full vaccination required by no later than October 30, 2021.

The requirement will remain in place throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

McKerlie added that exemptions may be granted at Mohawk to people who have either a medical accommodation or an “objection based on disability or creed.”

McMaster attached some ambiguity of its own to the mandate.

In a letter signed by David Farrar, Mac’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Susan Tighe, the university’s Provost and Vice-President, it states that between Sept. 7 and Oct. 18, those attending campuses or placements in Mac hospitals and health facilities who are not yet fully vaccinated, or who have not yet received an exemption for a “validated human rights ground,” will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result twice a week.

Those at Mohawk with approved exemptions, meanwhile, will be required to be tested regularly and “demonstrate a negative COVID-19 result in order to attend their work or lessons on campus.”

Both schools say vaccinations will be available on-site 

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