UCT Holds Debate On Mandatory Vaccines

As part of its efforts to engage its staff and students on the issue of mandatory vaccines, the University of Cape Town held two events this past week to discuss mandatory vaccines. 

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After concluding the events, the university has still not yet made a decision about its policy on mandatory vaccines. It is, however, hoping to have a policy in place by the start of the 2022 academic year.

According to the university's spokesperson, Elijah Moholola the first event was the Vice-Chancellor's conservation series. At this event, the issue of mandatory vaccinations was discussed on Thursday. 

A second event was then held on Friday which primarily focused on looking into a proposal of whether UCT should consider mandatory vaccinations. Moholola also points out that although several viewpoints were brought forward, no vote was taken.

He adds that their second step would be to put the matter to an electronic ballot some time this week and if it does get a go-head, it'll be taken to Council as the university's highest decision-maker.   

We are still looking at this bill, discussing it thoroughly and ensuring it's deliberated upon, such that whatever position results come out of it, we will have taken into consideration all the relevant role players and voices into the matter.

In terms of the timeline, he says that depending on the resulting motion, the university is looking to have developed a policy by the beginning of next year, as this would mean that the university will be able to taking more students.

UCT is currently only able to take 30% of its students due to Covid-19 regulations. The spokesperson has also pointed out that they do not aim to rush the policy without looking into all the relevant factors such as the constitutionality of the matter. 

 

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