Uni Melbourne makes campus vax mandatory

Vaccination will be required to be on Uni Melbourne campuses when they open on November 5

Vice Chancellor Duncan Maskell told staff yesterday that, “from this date, all students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses will be required to be fully vaccinated.”

Vaccination will allow members of our community to move seamlessly between activities on our campuses and participate in the experiences in broader society that will be made available to fully vaccinated individuals.”

Professor Maskell says the university, “will endeavour to support individuals with a valid exemption to complete their study or undertake their work, in a manner that is reasonable and practical”

The VC added that implementation plans are being developed. However as of yesterday there is no mention of payment for staff and incentives for students to vaccinate, as Monash U announced last week, (CMM September 27 ).

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union also asked for further and better particulars on how testing and safety measures would work. “The Uni Melbourne community must feel physically safe to learn, teach, research and work in support of the mission of the University.”

Uni Melbourne is the third Victorian university to announce vaccination as pre-req for being campus, following Monash U and a proposal from La Trobe U management (CMM September 21).