Georgian College not copying Seneca regarding COVID-19 vaccination for students and staff

Students living in residence at Lakehead University in Orillia will be required to have received at least one dose of vaccine

Seneca College on Tuesday became the first post-secondary school in Ontario that will require students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they return to campus for in-class learning in the fall.

“With the steady supply of vaccines in Canada, and increased on-campus activity this fall, today I am announcing that Seneca will be making vaccinations a condition for students and employees to come on campus for the fall term, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. That will include students living in Seneca’s two residences and the employees who work there,” said a statement on Seneca’s website from President David Agnew.

“Let me be clear: we are not requiring anyone to get a vaccine. We will respect medical exemptions upon presentation of appropriate documentation. Fully online and remote learning, teaching and working are not affected by this policy.”

At Georgian College, the current policy does not require students and employees to have proof of vaccination.

“Georgian has encouraged all students and employees to get vaccinated. At this time, Georgian does not require our new or returning students or employees to provide proof of vaccination. The college will continue to follow all guidance provided by public health and the government of Ontario as it relates to our on-campus activities,” according to the Georgian website.

At this time, the college will not require students in residence to provide proof of vaccination.

Georgian is offering a combination of fully remote and hybrid programs in the summer and fall 2021 term.

At Lakehead University in Orillia, students who plan to live in residence this fall will have to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination with plans to receive a second dose. Students wishing to live in residences who, for medical or other reasons, cannot be vaccinated may request an exemption, according to Lakehead’s website.

Lakehead Orillia researchers receiving COVID-19-related research grants
File photo: Lakehead University – Orillia

“All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible and able. This fall, Lakehead University will continue to adhere to health guidelines that help diminish the spread of COVID-19, which may include self-screenings, masking, physical distancing, and hand-washing. If public health units advise differently, we will make adjustments.”