Those not fully vaccinated by this date will need to undertake additional health and safety protocols and COVID-19 testing, as recommended by the local public health unit. “We know from medical science that ensuring high vaccination rates is the most effective way to mitigate a fourth wave and best protect our intended full return to campus,” said the director and vice-chancellor of university, Patrick Deane, in a statement.
Earlier, Queen’s had said it would only require students living in residence to get vaccinated.
Other universities, colleges taking similar action
Queen’s joins a growing list of post-secondary schools requiring vaccines on campus.
The University of Guelph made a similar announcement Thursday, preceded by the University of Ottawa earlier this week.
The University of Waterloo requires that students be fully vaccinated or undergo antigen tests twice a week. The university says that from September 1, people will have to self-report their immunization status through a new registration tool.
Vaccines are also mandatory for anyone entering the Toronto campus of Seneca College and the Niagara University campus in Vaughn, Ontario.
Carleton University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto will require students to be fully immunized with an approved COVID-19 vaccine for certain activities.
In Carleton, vaccines will be needed to live in residence, represent the school in athletics and for certain music lessons such as private lessons, participation of ensembles and for performances or rehearsals.
Likewise, the University of Toronto will require vaccines for students participating in sports and music classes, as well as educational placements.