Sheridan to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students living in residence and participating in varsity athletics in Oakville
Published August 4, 2021 at 8:33 pm
Sheridan recently announced that they will be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all students living in residence and participating in varsity athletics in Oakville this fall.
“Safeguarding the health and safety of our students remains Sheridan’s top priority, particularly as we prepare to welcome more students and employees back on campus this fall,” said Sheridan.
“Based on updated guidance and in consultation with local public health officials, Sheridan has decided that all students living in Residence will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Similarly, students participating in varsity athletics will also need to be vaccinated.”
Students planning to live in residence will be required to show that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada, two weeks prior to moving in.
Additionally, partially vaccinated students will need to ensure they receive their second vaccine by September 17, 2021.
According to Sheridan, a similar protocol will be in place for athletes and will be communicated to these students directly.
Exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons.
This requirement is in alignment with the latest guidance from local public health partners. Both Peel Public Health and Halton Public Health have recently emphasized the importance of high two-dose vaccination coverage among students, especially in settings with common spaces such as residences in order to prevent potential outbreaks.
“Sheridan is mandating vaccines for students living in Residences and participating in varsity sports to ensure we continue to protect the well-being of our community, particularly in settings where physical distancing may be more difficult,” says Wayne Steffler, Vice President, Finance and Administration.
“We are confident that this requirement will support the call from our public health partners for high rates of vaccination among postsecondary students, and contribute to a richer on-campus experience for our students overall.”
A recent survey of Sheridan students indicated that 90 per cent plan to be vaccinated by the fall.
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