Sumary of COVID-19: MLHU would support mandatory vaccination at Western University:
- The Middlesex-London Health Unit says it would support a mandatory vaccination policy at Western University, should the university wish to implement such a policy.
- Western announced in May that it is requiring students living in residence to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before they arrive on campus, but the university’s faculty union wants the policy to extend further.
- COVID-19: Faculty union seeks vaccine mandate at Western University “We know through other programs in Canada and across the world that mandatory vaccination policies do increase vaccine uptake.
- And maximizing vaccine uptake is absolutely critical to a safe return to campuses and to classrooms,” said the MLHU’s associate medical officer of health Dr. Alex Summers on Thursday.
- “The Middlesex-London Health Unit would support mandatory vaccination protocols in businesses and in post-secondary institutions, acknowledging that there’s many other considerations that have to be discussed and determined.
- ” Story continues below On Tuesday, the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) called on the administration to require “all eligible students, staff, faculty, librarians and archivists to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus, acknowledging that some may be exempt for medical or religious reasons.
- ”Narain says discussions with Western on a safe return to school in the fall have been going on throughout the summer, but there are still uncertainties surrounding how that plan will look.
- When asked for comment on Wednesday, a spokesperson with Western University directed Global News to information on the university’s health and safety planning for the return to school.