University Becomes First In UK To Ban Unvaccinated Students
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An English higher education institution has banned unvaccinated students from living on-site.
Hartpury University and College, in Gloucester, is believed to be the first UK institution to mandate Covid-19 vaccination for students who live in halls of residence, with unvaccinated students also prohibited from participating in sports and social activities as of September.
First reported in the Daily Telegraph, the college said unvaccinated students may also have limited access to social events on campus.
Best known for its sporting accolades, Hartpury announced the new rules in a letter sent to students and parents on August 16th.
Vice-principal, Claire Whitworth, wrote: “Our expectation is that all eligible students will engage and take up their vaccinations as soon as they are given the opportunity.
“The vaccine protects you, protects others, and will allow us all to lead a ‘new normal’ life, including the best possible Hartpury experience.”
She continued: “In order to benefit from the most effective protection against Covid-19, it is a mandatory requirement that all eligible students in onsite residential accommodation will engage in the Covid-19 vaccination programme and have both doses of the vaccine when made available to them.
“This also applies to students who wish to join/continue with Hartpury’s sports activities outside of timetabled academic sessions, and those who wish to use Hartpury’s livery.”
Hartpury confirmed the measures would not apply to people with medical exemptions.
However, some parents are not happy with the new rules. Speaki g to The Telegraph, one parent said: “I feel it’s my choice as a mother to say no.
“I’m not an anti-vaxxer but I believe her immune system is strong enough to deal with the virus. Why should she have to prove her medical history?
“I think their stance is completely inappropriate and is causing a huge amount of distress to my daughter and the whole family.”
The Government has so far stopped shorty of mandating students in higher education to receive the vaccine, but is ‘strongly encouraging’ all those who are eligible to get one.
In a recent statement, a spokesman for the Department for Education said: “The Government currently has no plans to require the use of the NHS Covid Pass for access to learning; however, universities and further education colleges are encouraged to promote the offer of the vaccine and should continue to conduct risk assessments for their particular circumstances.”
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