Students, staff at MUN raise concerns over COVID-19 mandate

August 25, 2021
Staff and students at Memorial University are raising concerns about COVID-19 vaccine mandates and their implementation. Kat McLaughlin, chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador, said that students are concerned about vaccine requirements limiting their access to education, and that there are still outstanding questions around exemptions and international students’ circumstances. CUPE Local 1615, the union representing 800 administrative, technical, and instructional support staff at Memorial said that it supports vaccination programs, but is considering the possibility of a human or Charter rights challenge in response to the vaccination mandate. “I want to make sure that all members feel that their rights [are] being protected, and we do have to defend everybody in regards to their choices that they make,” said CUPE Local 1615 President Theresa Antle. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (NL)