UOttawa announces vaccines will be mandatory

July 19, 2021

The University of Ottawa has announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for students living in its residences. Students who are planning to live in UOttawa’s residences in the upcoming academic year must receive a COVID-19 vaccine before or within two weeks of moving in, and must receive a second dose in the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health. UOttawa says that students who do not have an exception and who refuse to be vaccinated could have their residence agreement terminated. “Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most effective means of protecting people and those around them,” said spokesperson Patrick Charette in a written statement. Other institutions in Ottawa –Carleton University and Algonquin College– are encouraging vaccination for on-campus students, and Carleton is allowing students in residence to request that they be paired with a roommate who is vaccinated. CBC | Ottawa Citizen | Journal de Montréal (ON)