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U Of T Faculty Bashes New COVID-19 Vaccine Policy & Calls It 'Inadequate'

"Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate."

Toronto Staff Writer
University of Toronto Faculty Bashes COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

The University of Toronto announced this week that all students who are returning to campus this fall either need to be fully vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their visit.

However, now the U of T Faculty Association (UTFA) is criticizing the announcement and is saying it "does little to ensure a safe return."

According to the faculty, the new COVID-19 plan will require staff and students to "self-declare their vaccination status without any obligation to show proof."

"The communication was nothing more than a repackaging of the same policy that the Administration acknowledged, as late as last week, does not constitute a vaccine mandate," the UTFA stated in an open letter on Thursday. "Yesterday's announcement was misleading and inadequate and does little to ensure a safe return to the University."

"We need U of T to implement specific, measurable, and accountable actions in a clear and unambiguous way," the letter adds.

Meric Gertler, the president of U of T, had previously sent out a letter on August 11, reassuring faculty, librarians, staff, and students that the school had "carefully developed" its COVID-19 protocols, which includes mandatory masks, fully vaccinated students and other safety measures.

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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