University students will be forced to get a Covid-19 vaccine before they return ...

University students will be forced to get a Covid-19 vaccine before they return ...
University students will be forced to get a Covid-19 vaccine before they return ...

Students returning to campus when major Sydney and Melbourne universities reopen will be required to be fully vaccinated in line with public health orders. 

University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie and Uni of Western Sydney said staff and students who want to come to campus from October 18 need to show proof of vaccination. 

In Melbourne the reopening of campuses is pushed back in line with their lockdown but Monash and Melbourne University said they would bring in mandatory vaccination on November 5 and La Trobe by early December.  

University of Sydney (pictured) said they would require students who want to attend the campus from October 18 to be fully-vaccinated or provide a medical exemption

University of Sydney (pictured) said they would require students who want to attend the campus from October 18 to be fully-vaccinated or provide a medical exemption 

UTS said their security officers would conduct 'spot checks' of student ID cards and compliance with COVID-safe measures including wearing face masks and proof of vaccination or a medical exemption. 

Students who have been attending campus this term for scheduled classes under special circumstances will not need to show proof of being jabbed but a COVID-safe plan must be followed by the faculty. 

From December 1 the campus will be open to everyone but those who cannot show proof of vaccination should provide evidence of a negative Covid test in the previous two days, the university said.

UNSW said staff and students should continue to work and study from home but study areas, libraries and labs would be open to those double-vaccinated. 

'Anyone who returns to campus during this phase will be required to observe a range of health and safety measures, including a requirement to be fully vaccinated or medically exempt, and have evidence of this on hand,' the university said.  

Staff who cannot work from home and are not vaccinated will need to seek permission from their department head and complete a safety risk assessment.  

When locked down universities in Sydney and Melbourne re-open, students will be required to have had two Covid vaccine if they want to visit campus (pictured: a Sydney student receives a vaccine)

When locked down universities in Sydney and Melbourne re-open, students will be required to have had two Covid vaccine if they want to visit campus (pictured: a Sydney student receives a vaccine) 

Macquarie said from October 18 full vaccinated students can return if a class required their attendance. 

Work and study from home is still preferred, the university said. 

The University of Sydney's Vice Chancellor Mark Scott said fully vaccinated students can return to campus from October 18 and would need to show proof if asked.

Those who are not vaccinated would need to get special permission for classes that required they be in attendance.

'If you are given permission to come onto campus and are not vaccinated there are areas, in line with the public health orders, you won't be able to enter.' 

'These will include non-essential retail outlets, gyms, museums and cafes (unless takeaway). Fisher Library remains available to all students with strict conditions of entry in place, including wearing a mask.'

The University of Western

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