UWFA calls for mandatory masking, vaccines

August 12, 2021
The University of Winnipeg’s Faculty Association (UWFA) is calling for the University of Winnipeg to mandate the use of masks indoors and COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff who are participating in on-campus activities. The association voted overwhelmingly in favour of mask use and mandatory vaccines during a recent special meeting, said UWFA President Peter Miller, who added that vaccines are necessary to ensure that the return to campus is safe and uninterrupted. “[I]t is also an opportunity to be a leader,” said Miller. “We have members who have children under 12 who are concerned about COVID-19 transmission. We have members who are concerned about bringing this many people back to the downtown community, which we all know was labelled a hot spot.” CBC reports that all institutions in Manitoba have said that fully vaccination would be “highly encouraged” but not mandatory. Global News | CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (Paywall) (MB)