Georgian College lays out requirements for COVID-19 vaccine

Students and employees who access any Georgian College campus or locations will be required to have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of September 7.

Georgian College officials made the announcement Friday.

The college will also be releasing a vaccination policy shortly to address all visitors who attend Georgian campuses or locations.

In the meantime, students and employees will be required to have at minimum their first dose of a two-dose, Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccine before coming on campus as of Sept. 7 and a second dose, or be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18.

In a release, officials say the college has worked closely with local public health authorities and has been closely watching vaccination rates of the college population demographic and the current and future impact of the variants of concern in communities.

“Throughout the pandemic, while maintaining delivery of our programs both on and off campus, Georgian has been committed to the health and safety of our students and employees. It’s driven our decisions from the very beginning and this decision is no different,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College.

To assist Georgian students and employees to get vaccinated, the college is working with local public health units to host vaccination clinics on campus.

Details on locations and dates of the on-campus clinics will be made public as soon as possible.

“We know widespread vaccination is our best strategy to a safe and more rapid return to on-campus life and I’m committed to doing everything we can to make that return a reality for our students and employees. As an academic institution, we also understand our role and responsibility for the greater good and our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the communities we are so fortunate to be a part of and cherish,” added West-Moynes.