MB postsecondary institutions will not mandate COVID-19 vaccines for Fall 2021

July 5, 2021
Manitoba postsecondary institutions have decided that they will not be making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for the Fall semester. University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface, University College of the North, Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College, and Red River College said that they are instead encouraging double vaccinations and are using a blended learning model rather than mandating vaccines for staff and students. BrandonU President David Docherty explained that they are aware of privacy limitations and rights issues. “We can’t demand anybody to get the vaccine,” said Docherty. “That’s not within our power or the province’s power.” UCN’s VP of academic and research Dan Smith explained that their lawyers have advised the institution not to implement a vaccine policy. CBC (MB)