Queen’s University joins other universities in suspending mandatory vaccination and masking measures

Queen’s University in Canada has updated its COVID-19 health and safety measures, deciding to suspend mandatory vaccination and masking measures, effective May 1, 2022.

Following the decision, most students, faculty and staff will no longer be asked to present proof of full vaccination in order to participate in in-person university activities, Erudera.com reports.

According to a press release issued by Queen’s, students wishing to enroll in in-person classes for the summer semester will be able to do so whether or not they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Everyone should be aware that the suspension of these measures is based on the current state of the pandemic and the corresponding public health considerations. If the situation changes, Queen’s may reinstate vaccination and/or mask-wearing requirements for the short term. prior notice “, university grades.

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Other changes announced by Queen’s for the start of the Spring/Summer term include:

  • Individuals will no longer have to complete the daily SeQure app screening before attending in-person college activities
  • Certain activities and roles that involve third parties, including health clinics, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, and other organizations where students complete their internships, may still maintain different requirements in place, both for wearing mask than for vaccination.

According to the university, if the government or public health authorities request the reinstatement of mask or vaccination requirements at any time after May 1, Queen’s will comply with the requirements.

However, in its announcement, Queen’s emphasized that while the university does not need to reinstate its proof of vaccination requirement, students and employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined applicable at that time, may have their in-person activities interrupted or may not be able to get vaccinated in time and return to campus.

“This may impact eligibility to remain in class, employment status, eligibility to remain in residence, and access to on-campus resources or facilities. We strongly recommend that you keep your vaccination status up to date to reduce the risk of interruption to your studies or work,” The Queen’s Statement on COVID-19 Safety Measures adds.

The university has advised its community to remain vigilant regarding symptoms of COVID-19, as well as to be flexible and adaptable in case the situation or circumstances change at any time.

Like Queen’s, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa also announced that they will end vaccination and mask requirements for students and staff on campus starting May 1.

Nevertheless, the University of Ottawa has also recommended that members of the community be fully vaccinated and receive the third dose, as recommended by public health authorities.

“As we have seen throughout the pandemic, it is difficult to predict the evolution of the virus and the emergence of new variants. This decision could be reversed at any time in the future based on public health guidelines and expert recommendations,” the University of Ottawa said in a statement.

Carleton University said it will keep its COVID-19 vaccination and mask policy in place until April 30 to avoid disruption and uncertainty as well as to support members of its community.

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