Mandatory Vaccination Policies Remain A Challenge In Universities

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As debates around mandatory vaccines are still ongoing, the general public and students whose institutions of higher learning have adopted this policy have different views on it. Student bodies at universities have expressed what is at the centre of these conversations. 

 


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As the academic year started, many student-related issues surfaced when students and their representatives addressed their frustrations on a list of challenges that overwhelm them.

A number of students have reached a state of calm as engagements between student representatives and university management had resulted in some issues being successfully dealt with.

However, the mandatory vaccination policy remains topical in many spaces.

South African Union of Students (SAUS) said that is not against students being vaccinated, as this union has run campaigns with other stakeholders in tertiary institutions with the aim of encouraging students but this policy ought not to be coercing students as this violates their democratic rights.

In a SABC live interview SAUS spokesperson, Asive Dlanjwa added:

Some institutions have not adopted mandatory vaccines and they are carrying on with their work.

Dlanjwa has applauded the country for fighting Covid-19 without mandatory vaccinations.

However, he has labeled the move of adopting mandatory vaccines by other institutions as being ludicrous.

The University of Free State (UFS) has been faced with anti-mandatory vaccination protests, as some students were calling for this policy to be reviewed, while others want it to be totally scrapped. 

SAUS continues to say that there are spaces in which intellectual discussions must take place, using facts and science that prove the need for mandatory vaccines.

 


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