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26 November 2021
Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for UWC
Dear Staff and Students

IMPORTANT - Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for UWC

After a lengthy consultative process and robust engagement on the content of the draft "INTERIM COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE FOR 2022", the Interim Policy was approved by the Council of the University of the Western Cape on Thursday, 25 November 2021.

The Interim Policy highlights that the majority of stakeholders have advocated for the resumption of in-person learning and teaching. A return to Campus would accord with the University’s mandate to provide learning and teaching, and serve the interests of students in enjoying all the benefits of university life as part of their holistic experience.

In terms of the Interim Policy, a general Soft Mandate will apply whereby all staff and students will have to be vaccinated in order to enter campus or attend University events. Students who are not vaccinated will be permitted to register for their relevant degree or module but may not enter campus or attend University events. This rule will also be strictly applied to the placement of students at all UWC residences.

The Soft Mandate may not apply to students and staff in certain faculties or programmes, e.g. the Faculty of Dentistry, and programmes such as Nursing and Pharmacy, among others. In such instances the Hard Mandate will apply, which will require students to be vaccinated in order to register at UWC.

More information on the faculties and programmes where the Hard Mandate will apply will be communicated in due course.

Flexible online learning and teaching will continue in most faculties for 2022.

Students, staff, service providers and visitors may apply for an exemption from the policy based on verifiable medical, constitutional or religious grounds. Further details on the application process will be made available in due course.

The Interim Policy will be reviewed in the first semester of 2022.

Please note that the University’s position is subject to any change in the national COVID-19 regulations.

Note: The University, including all student residences, will be closing on 23 December 2021 and will re-open on 3 January 2022. This policy will be applicable from 1 January 2022.