ON universities strengthen COVID-19 vaccination policies

August 30, 2021
Several Ontario universities have announced that they are strengthening their COVID-19 vaccination policies in preparation for the start of class. The University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University, King’s University College, and Carleton University have updated their policies and will no longer allow those coming on campus to opt out of COVID-19 vaccination through regularCOVID-19 testing. Those arriving on-campus will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an accommodation for a valid exemption, and those who have an exemption will be required to take additional health measures such as frequent testing to come on campus. A Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health letter to postsecondary presidents encouraged strengthening the measures. “Rapid testing protocols are not preventive and are not a replacement for immunization and should be used only in instances where vaccination is not possible,” read the letter. The Star (U of T, Queen’s, Carleton) | King’s | London Free Press (Western, Fanshawe) (ON)