Covid-19: Stellenbosch University considering mandatory vaccination

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Stellenbosch University is considering mandatory vaccines.
Stellenbosch University is considering mandatory vaccines.
Getty Images
  • Stellenbosch University held its third council meeting on Monday.
  • Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers confirmed the university is exploring the possibility of mandatory vaccination.
  • UCT's council is expected to make a decision soon regarding mandatory vaccination for students and staff. 

Stellenbosch University (SU) confirmed it will be looking into mandatory vaccination for students ahead of the 2022 academic year.

The university held its third council meeting on Monday.

SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers told the council it is an institutional priority for the university that all its staff and students be vaccinated against Covid-19.

"Vaccines are safe, and they save lives. Our message is that getting vaccinated is the responsible thing to do. So, we have been urging everyone to get the vaccine," he said.

De Villiers confirmed that SU is exploring the possibility of mandatory vaccination, taking from the experience of other institutions and organisations in South Africa and worldwide.

READ | Vast majority of UCT's Senate vote in favour of policy to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory

In addition, SU's Institutional Committee for Business Continuity (ICBC) appointed a task team on 27 August to conduct the risk assessment required in terms of a health and safety direction promulgated in June.

The council discussed the matter, and subsequently adopted the following motion: "The SU Council mandates management to work towards the urgent development of a rule on vaccination for students and staff for the 2022 academic year. Staff and students are reassured that due process will be followed in terms of consultation and risk management."

Council

SU chief operating officer Stan du Plessis reported to the council that 518 staff members, 2 236 students and 1 472 members of the community had received jabs at the institution since 10 August, while many others continue to make use of vaccination facilities elsewhere.

Du Plessis said:

A vaccine rule will determine the extent to which staff and students can work and study at the university, depending on their vaccination status. It will describe the expectation, as well as the criteria for exceptions.

Prior to Monday's meeting, the assumption was that the council would take a decision on the university's vaccination rule at its last meeting of the year - on 2 December.

READ | Universities mull mandatory vaccination policies

However, council chair George Steyn said because it was a matter of "life and death", it was agreed that the executive committee would be entitled to take a decision as soon as possible, to avoid any delays.

SU is the latest university to announce its consideration on mandatory vaccination.

The University of Cape Town's council is expected to make a decision soon regarding mandatory vaccination for students and staff.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
A Section 89 panel headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo found President Cyril Ramaphosa has an impeachable case to answer on the Phala Phala scandal.
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Ramaphosa should do the honourable thing and immediately resign.
23% - 1649 votes
Ramaphosa should follow due process and submit himself to an impeachment hearing.
30% - 2140 votes
Ramaphosa should fight the findings in court and keep his job at all costs
48% - 3458 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.24
+1.7%
Rand - Pound
21.13
+0.9%
Rand - Euro
18.22
+0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.70
+0.7%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+1.9%
Gold
1,792.14
-0.3%
Silver
22.80
-1.5%
Palladium
1,906.86
+0.4%
Platinum
1,014.59
-0.5%
Brent Crude
85.57
-1.5%
Top 40
68,870
+0.9%
All Share
75,017
+0.9%
Resource 10
75,185
+1.6%
Industrial 25
91,795
+0.2%
Financial 15
15,702
+2.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE