University of Toronto faculty criticizes COVID-19 vaccination policy
The University of Toronto announced this week that all students returning to campus this fall must either be fully immunized or submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their visit.
However, now the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) criticizes the announcement and says it “does little to ensure a safe return.”
According to the faculty, the new COVID-19 plan will require staff and students to “self-report their immunization status without any obligation to prove.”
“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 warrant,” UTFA said in an open letter. Thursday. “Yesterday’s announcement was misleading and inadequate and does little to ensure a safe return to university.”
“We need the University of Toronto to take specific, measurable and accountable actions in a clear and unambiguous manner,” the letter adds.
Meric Gertler, the president of the U of T, had previously sent a letter on August 11, reassuring faculty, librarians, staff and students that the school had “carefully developed” its COVID-19 protocols, which include mandatory masks, fully vaccinated students and other safety measures.