The University of Johannesburg is one of the tertiary institutions to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for those who want to access its facilities.
Staff, post-doctoral research fellows, and students ought to provide proof of vaccination before they can gain access to the campus.
Contractors and visitors to the university aren’t excluded from the university's policy. However, exemptions based on medical or religious grounds will be made, said the university.
We've been telling management that maybe it's time that before we can implement such a decision that will affect all of us, we should have an interaction and a conversation that will ensure that every student in the University of Johannesburg is accommodated. Hence, we're just rejecting this policy and until the university fixes all we requested from the get-go. We will not be abiding by this policy at all.
From 21st to 26th October 2021, a survey was conducted by UJ amongst students, and student reps are not happy as only 2 751 students out of 50 000 registered students from UJ participated in the survey and there should be options that the university should explore to get students to interact.
The SRC further emphasized that students should be given options and that diversity ought to be encouraged as there are students who believe in the African traditional way of doing things.
When UJ was called to explain the process of making vaccines madatory, they indicated that they will most probably be able to talk this coming week.