Mandatory Vaccination: Judge Rejects Students' Injunction Request | Coronavirus: Ontario

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Mandatory Vaccination: Judge Rejects Students’ Injunction Request | Coronavirus: Ontario

Wearing a mask in class as well as a total of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are mandatory to attend Western University.

A Superior Court magistrate of Ontario rules that Western University in London has the right to require its students and employees to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to magistrate Kelly Tranquilli, the institution has the power to impose such a policy as an independent and autonomous institution.

Five students had applied for an injunction to prevent the University to require proof of vaccination, claiming it violates the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Rather, Judge Tranquilli ruled in her decision that collecting evidence of vaccination is part of setting up and verifying the vaccination policy. She adds that the University enjoys extensive powers of self-governance.

The magistrate also points out that Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has encouraged post-secondary institutions to self-govern policies on vaccination.

The lawsuit was funded by the civil liberties activist group Democracy Fund.

Western University says its mandatory vaccination policy is intended to help prevent outbreaks on campus and therefore limit disruption to teaching.

The facility has extended the deadline for receiving a booster dose to January 9, following Health Canada's approval of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine .

Wearing a mask is also mandatory in class at Western.

Based on information provided by Isha CBC's Bhargava

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