The University of Venda’s Council has decided to take a stance by adopting a new vaccination policy that students and staff will soon have to follow.
The University of Venda has joined other universities in the country that have opted to implement a mandatory vaccination policy.
This comes after the higher learning institution confirmed in a statement on Wednesday last week that five of its students tested positive for Covid-19.
The university has further stated that all five students have been put in isolation and management has called on all staff and students to observe all Covid-19 protocols on and off-campus. Staff and students have also been urged to vaccinate.
The University management is committed to implementing this Council resolution in a manner that will not alienate staff and students and other members of the public. We continue to encourage staff and students as well as other stakeholders to get vaccinated.
This comes as several other universities across the country have resolved to implement a mandatory vaccination policy, some of which will come into effect at the beginning of January.
These higher learning institutions include the University of the Free State (UFS, University of Witwatersrand, University of the Western Cape (UWC), and the University of Cape Town(UCT) among others.
The introduction of these precautionary measures by universities follows the recent arrival of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, which has now spread across all nine provinces.