Message from the President: Revised COVID-19 vaccine policy now in effect
We have been living through the COVID-19 pandemic for the past 18 months, and with more students and employees returning to on-campus activity this fall, the college’s obligation to the health and safety of its community members has come into a much sharper focus.
The Delta variant of concern is having a significant impact on communities across the country, with its increased transmissibility and disease severity. We respect the expertise of the scientific community, and support the position that vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19.
Since we are committed to returning our students and employees to on-campus activity as safely and as soon as possible, the college’s leadership has decided to revise the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Within the revisions to the policy, the following requirements come into effect immediately to take into account the latest health guidelines and practices:
- All students, employees, contractors and volunteers coming onto college premises are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021. (Individuals are deemed to be fully vaccinated 14 days after having received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.)
- In order to comply with the policy, individuals will need to have received their first dose by September 20, 2021, and their second dose by October 18, 2021, at the latest.
- The college will support access to vaccinations by hosting Toronto Public Health vaccination clinics on campus starting September 20, 2021.
- The college will abide by its commitments under the Ontario Human Rights Code and consider accommodation requests based on medical or religious/creed grounds.
Specific students will be required to show proof of full vaccination as of October 2, 2021. They include:
- Students participating in varsity athletics,
- Students participating in work-integrated learning activities (work placements), and
- Students living at George Brown’s residence, The George.
We know from public health officials that we can improve health outcomes and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on communities by getting vaccinated. I am encouraging all college community members, even those who are not currently on campus, to get vaccinated by October 18, 2021, to ensure uninterrupted study and work, and to safeguard our community. Until November 1, 2021, rapid testing will be available on campus while individuals are getting fully vaccinated in compliance with this policy.
To learn more about how to verify your vaccination status or to apply for an accommodation based on medical or religious/creed grounds, please visit the following pages:
Students - georgebrown.ca/verify
Employees - georgebrown.ca/verify-employees
Dr. Gervan Fearon