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New vaccine requirement at York University

New vaccine requirement at York University

New vaccine requirement at York University

The following is a message to the York University community from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton:

Dear York Community, 

The health and safety of our community members remains our highest priority, and we continue to advance  multiple strategies and initiatives  to protect our students, staff, faculty, instructors, and researchers from COVID-19. 

At yesterday's  Town Hall , we discussed the University's plans to support a safe return to campus, and our support for the Council of Ontario Universities'  call on the provincial government to declare a provincial vaccine mandate for post-secondary institutions and a COVID Safe Pass vaccine verification process.  

After consultations with stakeholders across the University, including student and employee groups, York will require all community members and visitors on our campuses this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Vaccination is the most powerful tool we have to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19. To ensure that vaccines remain accessible to our community members, York will continue to partner with Humber River Hospital to host vaccine clinics on the Keele Campus throughout August and September.  

As always, the most recent updates on our return to campus plans, including answers to  frequently asked questions , can be found on the  Better Together website.  

I want to thank all of our community members for continuing to do their part to protect themselves and others throughout the pandemic and look forward to sharing more details with you about this update in the coming days.  


Rhonda Lenton 

President & Vice-Chancellor 

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