Student accommodation at Victoria University will soon make it compulsory for students and staff to be vaccinated. All those living at the university’s halls of residence will have to provide proof of total vaccination by January 10. COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory even for staff who are applying for university employment.
Health and Safety a Priority at Victoria University
Grant Guilford, the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, stated that this decision comes after a detailed risk assessment was conducted. The university is obligated to undertake certain measures to ensure the health and safety of university-goers are not at risk. With the halls of residence being constantly used by students and working staff, COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all.
All those applying to live in the university halls will be required to provide proof of vaccination with their application. This will be an essential part of the eligibility process for all international and local students. Those students who cannot be vaccinated under medical grounds will be considered only if they can prove it. These special cases will be assessed individually to ensure the utmost safety of all residents in Victoria University’s residential halls.
Additionally, Victoria University has also taken multiple measures to reduce the risk of exposure and mitigate the damage of the pandemic. With the recent Delta variant posing a threat to residents, the university is playing its part to alleviate its spread. The number of cases in the Victoria city area has recently subsided, and a high level of protection is critical.
The university is actively playing its part under the guidance of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Student groups, university staff and other professionals at Victoria were also consulted. After thorough discussions, the university decided that COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all residents living in the university halls.