UCT senate votes on mandatory vaccination for staff, students
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CAPE TOWN - UCT’S Senate is proceeding with an electronic ballot vote on the proposal of mandatory vaccination for staff and students.
University spokesperson Elijah Moholola said the institution’s Senate considered a proposal on mandatory vaccination at a meeting held on Friday.
According to the Student Representative Council (SRC), more than 130 of UCT’s top professors and academics have endorsed the proposal.
“Senate discussed and deliberated on this complex matter fully, taking into consideration a range of views. Senate will proceed to conduct voting on the matter via electronic ballot. UCT will provide further updates once the electronic voting by Senate has taken place,” Moholola said on Monday.
Any final decision on a matter of policy for the university will have to be a decision of the university Council, he added.
“If taken forward, any decision on the proposal will ultimately be made by Council as the university’s highest decision-making body. Council will consider the proposal thoroughly before coming to any decision.
“The university continues to encourage students and staff to get vaccinated.”
It comes as mandatory vaccination debates continue at higher education institutions.
Stellenbosch University said like many other institutions, they were investigating the possibility of making vaccinations compulsory.
Spokesperson Martin Viljoen said a task team has been appointed to do a risk assessment of the various factors involved in this for staff and students at SU, and that it is an institutional priority for SU that all staff and students are vaccinated in the interest of health and safety.
SU’s own Covid-19 vaccination centre opened in August, at the Lentelus Sports Clubhouse in Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch, had by Monday administered close to 4 000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.