Students returning to campus when the major universities of Sydney and Melbourne reopen must be fully vaccinated in accordance with public health regulations.
University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie and Uni of Western Sydney said staff and students wishing to come to campus from Oct. 18 must show proof of vaccination.
In Melbourne, campus reopenings are being pushed back in line with their closure, but Monash and Melbourne University said they would introduce mandatory vaccination on November 5 and La Trobe in early December.
University of Sydney (pictured) said it will require students who wish to enter campus from Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated or granted a medical exemption
UTS said their security officers would conduct “local checks” on student ID cards and compliance with COVID safe measures, including wearing face masks and proof of vaccination or a medical waiver.
Students who have been on campus under special circumstances for scheduled classes this semester are not required to show evidence of being stung, but faculty must follow a COVID-safe plan.
From December 1, the campus will be open to everyone, but those who cannot show proof of vaccination must present a negative Covid test for the past two days, the university said.
UNSW said staff and students should continue to work and study from home, but study rooms, libraries and labs would be open to those double-vaccinated.
“Anyone returning to campus during this phase must observe a range of health and safety precautions, including a requirement to be fully vaccinated or medically cleared, and have proof of this on hand,” the university said.
Employees who cannot work from home and are not vaccinated must seek approval from their department head and complete a safety risk assessment.
When the locked universities in Sydney and Melbourne reopen, students must have had two Covid vaccines if they want to visit the campus (Picture: A student from Sydney gets a vaccine)
Macquarie said that from Oct. 18, fully vaccinated students can return if a class requires their attendance.
Working from home and studying is still preferred, according to the university.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Mark Scott, said fully vaccinated students can return to campus from October 18 and must show proof if requested.
Those who have not been vaccinated must be given special permission for classes that require them to attend.
“If you are allowed to enter campus and you are not vaccinated, there are areas, in line with public health regulations, that you cannot enter.”
“This includes non-essential shops, gyms, museums and cafes (unless takeaway). Fisher Library will continue to be available to all students with strict admission requirements, including wearing a mask.’
The University of Western Sydney said distance learning is still preferred, but on-campus activities will be available to fully vaccinated students from Dec. 1.
They added that they are working on a policy for those with a medical exemption.
Uni os Sydney said those who have not been vaccinated should be given special permission to attend classes that require them to attend. (Photo: Students sitting on the lawn near the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law building before the lockdown)
Students have faced more than 18 months of intermittent lockdowns (pictured: Students in Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena queue for Pfizer vaccine as defense forces assist)
Monash University in Melbourne said fully vaccinated students will be able to return to campus from Nov. 5, provided they can show proof of vaccination.
The University of Melbourne has also introduced the same rule when welcoming students to campus on November 5.
“As part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, the university is making a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations for attendance on our campuses to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to our community,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell.
La Trobe University said they would require anyone who visits campus from “early December” to be fully vaccinated against Covid or granted a medical exemption.
Australians are facing an increasing patchwork of coronavirus vaccination mandates with different rules across state lines and industries.
The NT on Wednesday announced a broad demand for all workers who come into contact with the public to be vaccinated or risk their jobs, and a $5,000 fine.
Primary school teachers and early childhood educators in Canberra will also be forced to get vaccinations.
Victoria’s rules require an additional 1.2 million workers to be vaccinated by the end of November, leaving a long list of jobs for construction, health and education workers.
University of New South Wales said security staff would check students’ vaccination certificate
Under NSW guidelines for the end of lockdown, workers in the hospitality, entertainment, retail, hairdressing and many other sectors must also be vaccinated.
NSW and Queensland have also made shots mandatory for frontline workers, including the police.
Elderly care workers have been required to be vaccinated in one of the few nationally consistent mandates since last month.
All states and territories will also require health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while most have orders for quarantine workers.
WA is considering adding teachers to mining and health workers on the mandatory vaccination list, while major employers have also gone it alone.
Universities said they prefer distance learning but will return to full classroom learning next year
Qantas, Virgin and mining giant BHP have announced jab requirements for workers.
The federal government has refused to interfere with vaccination mandates, aside from elder care, which had been agreed upon by the national cabinet of state and territory leaders.
Even with most mandates yet to come into effect, more than 83.2 percent of Australians aged 16 and over have received at least one dose.
The most recent polls and surveys have shown that the hardcore anti-vaccine sentiment is between six and eight percent.
Across the country, more than 338,000 shots were administered in the past 24 hours, with the double dose reaching 64.4 percent.