Students returning to campus when major Sydney and Melbourne universities reopen will be required to be fully vaccinated in line with public health orders.
University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie and Uni of Western Sydney said staff and students who want to come to campus from October 18 need to show proof of vaccination.
In Melbourne the reopening of campuses is pushed back in line with their lockdown but Monash and Melbourne University said they would bring in mandatory vaccination on November 5 and La Trobe by early December.
University of Sydney (pictured) said they would require students who want to attend the campus from October 18 to be fully-vaccinated or provide a medical exemption
UTS said their security officers would conduct ‘spot checks’ of student ID cards and compliance with COVID-safe measures including wearing face masks and proof of vaccination or a medical exemption.
Students who have been attending campus this term for scheduled classes under special circumstances will not need to show proof of being jabbed but a COVID-safe plan must be followed by the faculty.
From December 1 the campus will be open to everyone but those who cannot show proof of vaccination should provide evidence of a negative Covid test in the previous two days, the university said.
UNSW said staff and students should continue to work and study from home but study areas, libraries and labs would be open to those double-vaccinated.
‘Anyone who returns to campus during this phase will be required to observe a range of health and safety measures, including a requirement to be fully vaccinated or medically exempt, and have evidence of this on hand,’ the university said.
Staff who cannot work from home and are not vaccinated will need to seek permission from their department head and complete a safety risk assessment.
When locked down universities in Sydney and Melbourne re-open, students will be required to have had two Covid vaccine if they want to visit campus (pictured: a Sydney student receives a vaccine)
Macquarie said from October 18 full vaccinated students can return if a class required their attendance.
Work and study from home is still preferred, the university said.
The University of Sydney’s Vice Chancellor Mark Scott said fully vaccinated students can return to campus from October 18 and would need to show proof if asked.
Those who are not vaccinated would need to get special permission for classes that required they be in attendance.
‘If you are given permission to come onto campus and are not vaccinated there are areas, in line with the public health orders, you won’t be able to enter.’
‘These will include non-essential retail outlets, gyms, museums and cafes (unless takeaway). Fisher Library remains available to all students with strict conditions of entry in place, including wearing a mask.’
The University of Western Sydney said that remote learning is still the preferred option but that on-campus activities would be available from December 1 to fully vaccinated students.
They added they are working through a policy for those with a medical exemption.
Uni os Sydney said those who are not vaccinated would need to get special permission for classes that required they be in attendance. (pictured: students sit on the lawn near the Faculty of Law building at The University of Sydney before lockdowns)
Students have dealt with more than 18 months of intermittent lockdowns (pictured: students at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney line up for the Pfizer vaccine as defence force troops assist)
Monash University in Melbourne said from November 5 fully vaccinated students could return to campus provided they can show proof of vaccination.
University of Melbourne has also brought in the same rule when they welcome back students to campus on November 5.
‘As part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, the University is making COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for attending our campuses to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to our community,’ Vice Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell said.
La Trobe University said they would require anyone who attends the campus from ‘early December’ to be fully vaccinated for Covid or provide a medical exemption.
Australians are facing an increasing patchwork of coronavirus vaccination mandates with different rules across state borders and industries.
The NT on Wednesday announced a broad-ranging requirement for all workers who come into contact with the public to be immunised or risk their jobs and a $5000 fine.
Primary school teachers and early childhood educators in Canberra will also be compelled to receive vaccinations.
Victoria’s rules require another 1.2 million workers to be vaccinated from late November, with a long list of jobs joining construction, health and education employees.
University of New South Wales said security staff would check students proof of vaccination
Under the NSW end of lockdown guidelines, employees across hospitality, entertainment, retail, hairdressers and a range of other sectors also have to be vaccinated.
NSW and Queensland have also mandated jabs for frontline workers including police.
Aged care workers have been required to be vaccinated since last month in one of the only nationally consistent mandates.
All states and territories will also require health workers to be immunised against COVID-19, while most have orders in place for quarantine staff.
WA is weighing up adding teachers to mining and health workers on its mandatory vaccination list, while major employers have also gone it alone.
Universities said they prefer remote learning but will return to full in class learning next year
Qantas, Virgin and mining giant BHP have announced jab requirements for workers.
The federal government has refused to get involved in vaccination mandates aside from aged care, which was agreed by the national cabinet of state and territory leaders.
Even with most mandates yet to come into force, more than 83.2 per cent of Australians aged 16 and above have received at least one dose.
Most recent polls and studies have shown hardcore anti-vaccination sentiment is between six and eight per cent.
More than 338,000 jabs were administered around the country in the past 24 hours as double-dose coverage hit 64.4 per cent.