Fanshawe outlines vaccination policy

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Everyone on campus will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 5 2021.

After two weeks of statements that a vaccination policy was in the works, Fanshawe College announced its official vaccination plan Sept. 7, the same day that the 2021-22 school year kicked off.

The policy states that all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to Fanshawe College will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access campus by Nov. 5, 2021.

To be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in this case means that individuals will need to have received two doses of a Health Canada or Public Health Ontario approved vaccine by Nov. 5. This includes the 14 day mark since a second dose, meaning individuals must receive their second dose by Friday, Oct. 22 at the latest.

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Fully vaccinated individuals will need to register their vaccination status through an electronic registration system, though little information about the system has been released as of yet. The college noted that it will not have access to anyone’s personal health information, only confirmation of a person’s vaccination or medical accommodation approval.

Exemption will be granted for medical reasons and those with approved medical exemption will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test result within the last 72 hours. There will be no faithbased or Human Rights Code related exemptions allowed, based on directives from the province.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is not granted exemption by Nov. 5 will not be permitted on campus.

Students and staff who refuse the vaccine will receive further directives in the future. Students who refuse the vaccine may have their campus studies deferred or transitioned to a fully online delivery, if possible.

Fanshawe is hosting the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on campus for several COVID-19 immunization clinics during school start up this fall. At Fanshawe’s London campus, vaccinations are available in Room G104 on Monday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, on Fanshawe’s South campus, vaccination clinics will be available Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Further dates and times for the clinics can be found on the myFanshawe portal.