A person wears a face mask as they walk through McGill University during light snowfall in Montreal, Sunday, December 20, 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes


Postsecondary institutions across Canada are considering whether they will require students to present proof that they have received COVID-19 vaccinations before attending classes in person, reports the Times Colonist. The Times states that McGill University has not formally decided if they will require proof of vaccination, although Associate Director of Media Relations Cynthia Lee indicated that it is not anticipated that this will be required. The University of British Columbia has announced that it does not plan on requiring students to prove they have been vaccinated, while the University of Toronto is still considering whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory. The topic is being debated at an international level as well: Times Higher Education reported in mid-April that several institutions in the US and Israel were requiring vaccines, and that a survey of students in the UK revealed support for vaccination requirements; and CNN reported last week that over 100 colleges and universities in the US had announced that they would require vaccinations.

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