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Mandatory vaccinations: The University of the Free State informs students

Mandatory vaccinations have been communicated to students of the University of the Free State, the institution said on Saturday. Additionally, special exceptions will be permitted.

UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE DECIDES ON MANDATORY VACCINATIONS

First it was the University of Cape Town, followed by Wits University and now the University of the Free State (UFS) has taken the same stand on obligatory jabs.

THE UFS council said a meeting outcome came to the conclusion to expect all students to get COVID-19 doses ahead of the new academic calendar in February 2022.

“The policy implies that the university does not force anyone to be vaccinated, but the institution has the right to require vaccination if you want to access the institution’s premises, in order to protect our staff and students,” said UFS rector and vice-chancellor Professor Francis Petersen.

“Although a blended learning approach is supported, sole online learning would be detrimental to the quality of our graduates and the experience that the institution should offer to its students as a residential university,” said Petersen.

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EXCEPTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED

The UFS said students can decline mandatory vaccinations based on personal health guidelines, religion and other objections.

“Although the policy does not force anyone to vaccinate, it is aimed at restricting campus access to vaccinated persons, while at the same time considering applications for exemption based on medical and religious grounds, natural immunity objections, other legally acceptable exemptions, or those participating in clinical trials approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA),” UFS added.

The news follows a few days after Wits University announced the same call.

The leading higher education brand said its decision was motivated by a determination to allow for full student and staff engagements on a social level come 2022.

“As the university starts to facilitate more teaching, learning and interaction on campus as set out above and returns more students to residences, a mandatory vaccination policy will accordingly aid in protecting the health and safety of the university community..,” said the university in a statement.