Mandatory jabs for returning students and staff to universities


A spokesperson for UNSW Sydney said she was “committed to a cautious and gradual return to campus”.

“In our first phase, until December 1, staff and students have been urged to continue working and studying from home where they can,” she said. “We do, however, allow staff and students who cannot work or study from home to return to campus under certain circumstances and with their permission.

“Anyone who returns to campus during this phase will have to observe a series of health and safety measures, including the requirement to be fully immunized or medically exempt, and to have proof of this on hand. Unvaccinated personnel seeking re-entry should undergo a safety risk assessment. “

A spokeswoman for Macquarie University said its campus will open from October 18 to fully vaccinated students who are enrolled in a course that requires their attendance. Other students would continue to complete their studies online.

“We will communicate more with students regarding session 1, 2022 once the relevant public health orders and associated requirements are available,” she said.

Wayne Erickson, principal of St Andrew’s College at the University of Sydney, said 87% of residential students were fully vaccinated and 98% had their first vaccine. He said the college will make full vaccination mandatory for all college residents starting next year.

Monash, La Trobe and the University of Melbourne are also among those who have decided to impose compulsory vaccination by early December.

The University of Melbourne said all students, staff contractors and visitors to its campuses should be fully immunized from November 5 in accordance with public health advice.

A review of staff and students by TAFE NSW last month found that more than 80% of staff and students were already or planning to be vaccinated.

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