Students planning to live on UTM’s campus in Mississauga must be vaccinated: U of T

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Published June 8, 2021 at 8:33 pm

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Students planning to live on a University of Toronto (U of T) campus during the 2021-2022 school year must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the university says. 

U of T boasts campuses in Mississauga, Toronto and Scarborough. 

According to U of T’s website, the vaccine requirement is supported by local public health authorities in Toronto and Peel (the region comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) and will apply to residences across all three campuses beginning this fall, including residences operated by the federated colleges.

U of T’s website says students should have their first shot prior to their move-in date, with the university strongly recommending they receive it at least 14 days before moving in. 

Students who are unable to get vaccinated before moving in will have two weeks following their move-in date to receive their first dose. Those who are unsure how to book their first dose can contact the university for assistance. 

“This requirement, which is endorsed by our local public health authorities, will enable us to give our students the residence experience that they expect – and that is so important to their growth and development – without compromising on their health and safety,” Sandy Welsh, U of T’s vice-provost, students, said in a statement.

“It’s really important that students be able to interact safely with one another and participate in the in-person programming that we know they value so highly.”

Students who do not receive their first dose within two weeks of moving in could face restrictions. 

Any student who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code can request an accommodation. 

The website says students who plan to live in residence will receive further details on how to provide confirmation of vaccination and how to request accommodations in the coming weeks.

The new measure does not apply to U of T’s Student Family Housing.

U of T’s website says existing health and safety measures – such as mask-wearing, capacity limits in common spaces and regular self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms – may also be in place in the fall, depending on the latest public health guidance.

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