Compulsory vaccination at Victoria University in Wellington

Te Herenga Waka ржн Victoria University of Wellington will introduce the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine in 2022 for those who study, work and visit its campus and campus.

The order will take effect on Monday, January 31, 2022, so that all staff and all students must be fully vaccinated if they enter the university campus or participate in face-to-face university activities.

This will also apply to contractors and visitors wishing to enter the university campus.

The university will review the approach to a vaccine mandate every three months or at the end of the 1st trimester in June 2022.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford said the decision was underpinned by a detailed risk assessment as well as consultation with staff, students, unions and university council members.

A survey sent to all staff and students found that there was overwhelming support for a vaccine mandate with the vast majority of staff respondents saying they would feel more comfortable coming to campus if vaccinated (93 percent), their colleagues (90 percent). And students were vaccinated (90 percent).

For students, a high number of respondents agree or strongly agree that they would feel more comfortable at university if they were vaccinated (89 percent), preferred staff were vaccinated (85 percent), and other students were vaccinated (84 percent).

This engagement highlights the widespread support for an order across our community, says Professor Guilford. “This decision not only ensures that the university meets its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Pastoral Care Code of Practice, but also ensures the safety and well-being of our community.” This is especially important for universities because studies have shown that 40 percent of our community is either part, or has family members who are part of a weaker population. We know this is the right response for those who study, work and visit our campus and campus while COVID-19 is in the community. “

The University will continue to work with government agencies to finalize the details of how the Ticker Order will be implemented and implemented, and will keep the Herenga Walker community informed as soon as a decision is made. “I can assure you that we will be as respectful and sympathetic as possible in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community as well as in implementing government guidelines,” said Professor Gilford.

The University is assisting Maury Ora with a nationwide vaccine rollout, while the Herenga Walker Student Health and Counseling Service runs a vaccination clinic on the Kelburn campus. Clinics run from 9.30am to 3pm on Friday 17th December and no booking is required

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