The University of Toronto will require students living in residence during the upcoming school year to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The university made the announcement on Tuesday, saying the measure is supported by both Toronto and Peel Region’s public health units.
U of T says students should have their first dose prior to their move-in date and are strongly recommending they receive it at least 14 days before moving in.
The university further adds that those unable to get vaccinated before moving into residence will have two weeks following their move-in date to receive their first dose.
The university will help expedite access to vaccines, subject to supply.
“This requirement, which is endorsed by our local public health authorities, will enable us to give our students the residence experience that they expect – and that is so important to their growth and development – without compromising on their health and safety,” said Sandy Welsh, U of T’s Vice-Provost of students.
Welsh says students in residence who have not received the first dose within two weeks after moving in may be subject to additional public health restrictions.
“It’s really important that students be able to interact safely with one another and participate in the in-person programming that we know they value so highly.”
Western University in London, Ont. became one of the first to require students living in residence to be vaccinated against COVID-19 come September.
In-person learning across the province has been suspended until further notice.
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