Students who will be living in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University during the 2021-22 academic year are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19

This comes after a recommendation from Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Waterloo region’s medical officer of health, in consultation with Dr. Malcolm Lock, acting medical officer of health at the Brant County Health Unit, to all post-secondary institutions. 

Students are recommended to receive their first dose of a Health Canada approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving on campus. 

Otherwise, they will have one week within moving in to receive their first dose. The university will help facilitate access for the students to get vaccines, subject to supply. The Student Wellness Centre and the Brant County Health Unit clinic will both be available to students. 

Students who are unable to get vaccinated will be allowed to submit a request for accommodation if they have medical reasons or other reasons protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code

“The public health recommendation to facilitate the highest vaccination coverage possible enables us to give our students the residence experience they told us they want and is so important to their learning and making personal connections,” Ivan Joseph, VP of Student Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University, said in an email sent to students this afternoon.

He also encouraged all members of the Laurier community to get vaccinated if they are eligible.

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