Friday, August 20, 2021
Double Vaccination or Frequent Rapid Tests Required at the Université de Moncton
Moncton, August 20, 2021 – The Université de Moncton is announcing that it is accepting the recommendation of the Province of New Brunswick and will be making it mandatory for students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses to be double-vaccinated or have frequent rapid tests. The target implementation date for the measure is October 15.
“The vast majority of people currently infected with COVID-19 in the province are those who are not fully vaccinated. That's proof that vaccination works. It is therefore to protect the members of our university community, as well as the children, seniors and immunosuppressed people we all interact with, that we must participate in the collective effort to achieve a very high vaccination rate,” explains Dr. Denis Prud'homme, President of the Université de Moncton.
Details on the implementation of this measure will be announced in the coming days. Vaccination clinics on or near our campuses are already scheduled for the start of the school year.
“Our discussions with the various provincial ministries and with Public Health are ongoing. A measure like this is unprecedented and requires an approach that combines health protection with respect for individual values. However, we can already announce that those who will not be dually vaccinated will have to undergo frequent rapid testing. Each member of our university community will be able to choose the solution that best suits them: dual vaccination or testing,” says Dr. Prud'homme.
Transition Period Maintained
As communicated earlier this week, the Université de Moncton is in a period of transition. Prevention measures are still in place on all three campuses. These measures are in response to a recommendation from Public Health.
The transition period will end at 11:59 p.m. on September 24 for the Edmundston and Shippagan campuses and at 11:59 p.m. on October 15 for the Moncton campus. The high number of cases of COVID-19 in Zone 1 explains the extension of the transition period in Moncton.
The president also calls on community members to continue to exercise caution. "Our decisions are and will continue to be driven by the safety and health of all. The pandemic is not over. We must continue to follow Public Health's guidance and be ready and willing to change our habits at any time."
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