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At engagement sessions, students will discuss the proposed obligatory vaccination policy.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng Picture: African News Agency (ANA)This week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) will hold virtual meetings with employees and students to discuss the proposed obligatory vaccination policy.

UCT stated in a statement on Wednesday that the staff engagement session will take place today from 11.15am to 12.45pm, while the student engagement session will take place on Thursday from 10.15am to 11.45am.

Staff and students at UCT are also encouraged to participate in a brief survey, which will conclude at 6 p.m. on Thursday, to voice their thoughts on a proposed policy.

After that, the executive will make a final decision on the subject, which will be presented to the Council on Saturday.

"We want to meet with employees and students to explain our stance and the reasons behind it, as well as engage and accept feedback." After considering the opinions of staff and students, the executive will formulate a definitive stance on the subject, which will be presented to Council at its meeting on Saturday, October 16."

The leadership has scheduled two first information meetings for employees and students to participate in this conversation. Experts will present information on the science of vaccination and the UCT context during each session.

At their most recent meeting in September, the UCT Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of mandatory vaccination, and the UCT Faculty of Medicine followed suit.

Phakeng asked all UCT employees and students to attend the meetings so that the executive could hear their thoughts and opinions on the subject.

Those planning to attend the University of Cape Town's College of Fellows annual event next month will need to provide proof of immunization.

"It has been decided that all individuals who attend must produce proof of immunization," Phakeng added. Other Covid-19-prevention measures will be implemented as well. This involves holding the event outside, donning masks, and sanitizing on a frequent basis." We took all of these precautions for the event since each one helps to reduce the risk of transmission to a level that is acceptable when taken together.

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