Vaccination will be required for students living in York’s residences

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As a return to York’s campuses is planned for this fall, the health and safety of the community continues to be top priority. With COVID-19 vaccines expected to be widely available over the summer months, members of the York community will be eligible to receive their first and second doses.

Vaccines play an important role in protecting people and those around them and as such, York University is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-22 academic year to be vaccinated. This requirement is supported by Toronto Public Health, as it is recognized that vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect those who come in contact with others, especially in shared spaces. Through this commitment to protecting health and safety, the goal is to help students return this Fall to the residence life experience they have come to know and expect.

This requirement is specific to students living in residence because of the close quarters shared and will not apply to students living off campus or in York University Apartments. Students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption.

Students arriving from outside of Canada will be required to meet federal and provincial government quarantine requirements before moving into residence. The University will facilitate vaccines for all students who require them.

More details about this vaccine requirement are available in frequently asked questions on the Better Together website and will be shared directly with students who plan on living in residence this fall.

Please join the Town Hall on Thursday, June 17 at 3:15pm, for questions on this topic and the plans to safely return to York’s campuses this fall.