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No Vaccine No entry- UCT approves mandatory vaccine policy as from January

21 October 2021

By Sphe J Hadebe

Cape Town- Doors are closing in on those who refuse to take a covid 19 vaccine as they will be left stranded with limited access in most places.

It is now official that effective January 1,2022, if you have not been vaccinated against the novel corona virus, or will not be allowed access at the university of Cape town. This is irrespective of being a student or an undergraduate who is coming to register, you will not be allowed inside the premises without vaccine proof.

This also applies to staff working at this Institution as well.

The University of Cape town has approved the Covid 19 mandatory vaccine for everybody belonging to the Institution.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) council has approved in principle a proposal to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for campus access.

This policy requires that all staff (in order to be able to perform their duties) and students (as a condition of registration) must provide acceptable proof of vaccination against Covid-19. The UCT council sat over the weekend to deliberate the move after weeks of engagements with both staff and students.

University spokesperson Elijah Moholola said: "Council resolved that the university executive should proceed to establish an appropriately constituted panel, whose task would be to develop the operational details required to implement the campus access dispensation, as referred to above, including the principles and guidelines for exemption from a requirement to provide proof of vaccination."

The UCT executive will be required to report back to council at its December 2021 meeting.

The university's student representative council (SRC) conducted a survey on the policy and received 6 354 submissions from staff and students. Around 52.1% (3 280) supported the policy, 42.2% (or 2 655) were opposed it and 5.7% (or 361) were undecided.

The university added most of the staff and students who completed the survey supported the policy.

In addition, the UCT senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of mandatory vaccination at their last meeting in September, with 83% of respondents in the ballot indicating support. 

SRC president Declan Dyer said: "We note the decision of Council in support of a policy of mandatory vaccination. This follows extensive SRC consultation with the student body. 23,4% of registered students were represented in submissions, and 52,1% of those who participated were in support of mandatory vaccinations. We remain concerned about the exclusionary aspects of the policy and will continue to engage the executive on this."

The proposal was brought by Professor Linda-Gail Bekker. 

source:https://www.news24.com/amp/news24/southafrica/news/just-in-uct-council-adopts-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-policy-20211020

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