The University of Cape Town (UCT) executive has scheduled engagement sessions with staff and students this week to share its position on the proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy for the institution.
The UCT executive has scheduled engagement sessions with staff and students to share its position on supporting a policy requiring mandatory vaccination for the institution. The executive will give context to its stance, engage and receive input.
The executive will, after taking into consideration the views of staff and students, form a final position on the matter that will then be tabled at Council at its meeting on Saturday, 16 October. As part of starting this process, two initial information sessions have been set up to include the university community in this important discussion.
UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said, “We are open to people who say I can’t take it (and) these are the reasons. We’ve got processes to evaluate those kinds of arguments. They would be handled on a case-by-case basis, but students, parents and staff cannot expect me as the CEO of the university to just go on as if there is no pandemic, and there is no danger to us just coming in and out of campus. There’s an outbreak, I’m accountable.”