Georgian College says any student planning to live in an on-campus residence will have to prove they’ve gotten their COVID-19 shot.
The college announced on Tuesday it would make this requirement of any student hoping to live on the Barrie, Orillia, or Owen Sound campus this fall. “We made this decision with our students’ safety top of mind,” said Brian Muscat, Dean of Students. “Residence is a high-density setting, with several shared spaces, and students spend extended periods of time together. Vaccinations are important in reducing the spread of this virus in close settings such as these.”
Students preparing to live on-campus will receive word from the college on how to submit proof of vaccination. There will be an exemption process for those students with a legitimate medical condition preventing them from receiving a vaccine. Georgian College says students must have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by August 18 and get their second dose by October 8.
Those who wish to opt-out of on-campus residence, or opt-in as space allows, can call 705-730-5600 to speak with Campus Living Centres who operates Georgian’s on-campus residences.
The college is working with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to host an on-site immunization clinic at the Barrie residence this September.