Fanshawe vaccine mandate officially takes effect

Header image for the article Fanshawe vaccine mandate officially takes effect Credit: Fanshawe's vaccine mandate went into effect officially on Nov. 5.

As of Nov. 5, all staff, students, faculty and contractors at Fanshawe College will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend campus.

The deadline to submit proof of a vaccine was Nov. 5, meaning anyone who has yet to enter their proof of vaccine information into Verified by Synergy will no longer be permitted on any Fanshawe campus. Any employees of the college who have not been fully vaccinated or have knowingly misinformed the college of full vaccination status may be subject to discipline if they appear on campus after the deadline. This discipline could potentially include termination of employment.

As of Nov. 3, two days before the deadline, 82 per cent of blended students had submitted their proof of vaccination, as well as 90 per cent of staff. Those numbers are subject to change and have been steadily rising. According to Fanshawe’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Elaine Gamble, in the lead up the deadline, faculty held discussions with students who have not yet uploaded their vaccine status and conversations have also been ongoing with staff who have not yet complied.

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Effective Nov. 6, any employees who are not fully vaccinated will be placed on leave without pay for days they are expected to be on campus. They may continue to work from home on non-campus work days, however. The college said these employees will be able to return to campus once they are fully vaccinated.

As for students, failure to submit proof of vaccination will mean you cannot attend any in-person classes. Students who do not wish to submit proof may be offered the option to defer their on-campus studies to a later date, as long as they receive their vaccination by the time their on-campus studies recommence.

Some members of the Fanshawe community may have requested medical exemption to the vaccination policy or have been granted accommodation based on the Ontario Human Rights Code. Those who have been granted exemption or accommodation will be subject to Rapid Testing, with a negative test result needing to be submitting to the college prior to coming to campus. Other accommodations may be offered on an individual basis, other than being granted access to campus.