Cape Breton University joins the list of post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia that will require proof of vaccination later this fall.
University officials say staff, students and faculty should be fully vaccinated as soon as possible, or by October 1. The CBU will also require masks to be worn on campus through the end of September.
Campus members participating in varsity athletics must be immunized by September 1.
“I have an obligation, I think, to faculty, staff and students to protect their health,” said CBU President David Dingwall. Cape Breton main street Thursday. “But I also have a wider responsibility, and that’s to the community. As a result, we have implemented mandatory vaccinations.”
In July, CBU became the first university in the province to require all students living in residence to be fully vaccinated.
Dingwall said the return of CBU’s large international student body should not alarm Cape Bretoners.
“I know the community has concerns about international students, but we’re not worried about them at all,” he said.
“Before getting on a flight, they must have a World Health Organization-approved vaccine. And when they get here, they will need a second vaccine, as well as some form of quarantine.”
According to the CBU website, the university has 3,500 international students from 50 countries. It is unclear how these numbers have been affected by the pandemic.
Wave of announcements
Earlier this week, Mount Saint Vincent University announced its own campus-wide vaccination requirement.
Nova Scotia Community College has followed suit, saying it will require all students and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall or else they will be subject to testing and masking policies.
NSCC students and employees will have until October 12 to provide proof of vaccination. Anyone who cannot or chooses not to get vaccinated will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week and wear a mask on campus.
Dalhousie University will require all students, staff and faculty to be fully immunized or agree to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
CBU says fully vaccinated means an individual is 14 days past their second dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine.
By submitting proof of vaccination, CBU finalizes a treatment system. People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons should get tested for COVID-19 twice a week and will continue to wear a mask.
Testing and vaccinations will be available at various times on the CBU campus throughout September.