UCT Senate Votes to Approve Compulsory Vaccination

The University of Cape Town Senate has voted for the mandatory vaccination of students and staff from January 2022.

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After a resounding vote by the UCT Senate, there are now plans to introduce compulsory vaccinations among students and staff.

The Senate voted on a proposed policy to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory from 2022. 

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker was the scientist who brought the policy before the Senate and stated that vaccinations were the key to getting on-campus learning back.

Unfortunately, online learning does not work for everyone, especially those who do not have quiet spaces to learn, libraries nearby and access to the internet.

“Getting us all back [on campus] and working will assist productivity and get us back to near normal again. Vaccines are our passport to that,” said Prof Bekker.

Elijah Moholola, the University spokesperson, stated that the senate members voted via an electronic ballot on the topic of mandatory vaccinations. 83% of the members supported the decision for mandatory vaccination.

The next step would involve engagement across the university with “all relevant stakeholders whose voices are key in this process”.

The university has mentioned that no decision has been finalised on the mandatory vaccination on campus. They believe that the final decision should be made by the university council.

UCT’s spokesperson stated that UCT would provide updates on the issue and they would continue to urge students and staff to get vaccinated.

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