The discussion around mandatory vaccinations at universities has been a raging debate over the last month. This comes after the University of Cape Town’s Senate voted in favour of a proposed mandatory vaccination policy that would ensure receiving the jab was a non-negotiable for staff and students.
It appears that Stellenbosch University (SU) is following suit, as the university has confirmed that they are looking into mandatory vaccinations for students as the 2022 academic year approaches, reports News24.
A third council meeting was held on Monday to discuss the issue, with SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers stating that it should be an institutional priority for staff and students to receive the jab.
“Vaccines are safe, and they save lives. Our message is that getting vaccinated is the responsible thing to do. So, we have been urging everyone to get the vaccine,” he said.
While the decision is still being discussed, the Council has stated: “The SU Council mandates management to work towards the urgent development of a rule on vaccination for students and staff for the 2022 academic year. Staff and students are reassured that due process will be followed in terms of consultation and risk management.”
No final decision has been made, but the council is hoping to settle on a decision as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the UCT Senate has voted in favour of its proposed mandatory vaccination policy with 83%. Despite the unanimous vote, no final decision has been made, but the proposal will make it a condition of registration that students be required to provide proof of being vaccinated, reports IOL.
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