University of Western Australia: UWA to require proof of vaccination for access to campus

The University of Western Australia will require all staff, students and visitors to show proof of full vaccination as a temporary condition of entry to all University premises from next Monday 7 February.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Amit Chakma said that, as an evidence-based institution, the health and safety of the community was the University’s highest priority, and that vaccination played a vital role in reducing the severity of COVID-19.

“I’m pleased to advise that the University Senate and and Chancellor’s Committee have approved a temporary direction outlining full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of entry to indoor University premises for all staff, students and members of the public,” Professor Chakma said.

The temporary direction is effective from February 7 for a period of three months and applies to buildings and enclosed structures but not outdoor spaces.

“The UWA COVID-19 Premises Access Direction is part of proactive measures the University is introducing to protect the health and safety of its staff, students, and visitors to its premises as Western Australia prepares to open its borders and experiences increasing case numbers,” Professor Chakma said.

“This action responds to our commitment to vaccination as an evidence-based strategy to reduce the spread and severity of this virus and to our imperative to protect our community through our actions as an institution and as individuals.

“In line with State and Federal government public health advice the University has continued to encourage our community to be fully vaccinated, including having a booster dose when eligible.

“It will help us continue to safely deliver face-to-face learning, teaching and support to our students and ensure continuity of our important research activities, within our current public health environment.

“The University is continuing to prepare and consider future options required to protect health and safety on campus, considering emerging public health risks and State Government advice. We will continue to engage with as appropriate and respond in the best interests of our students, staff and extended community.”

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