Western faculty push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

August 9, 2021
Faculty at Western University are continuing to push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for Fall 2021. Western has launched a confidential survey in an attempt to guide decisions about campus safety, but the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) and the King’s University College Faculty Association (KUCFA) are saying that the information gathered will not be revelatory. The Star reports that Western instructors, some of whom move between work with vulnerable patients and the classroom, are also hesitant to teach in person. Some instructors are making plans to move classes online or make decisions based on the number of COVID-19 cases. CBC reports that Western cannot implement a mandatory COVID-19 policy because such a policy would be outside of the contract it has with employees and students. Global News | The Star | CBC (ON)