The University of Carleton's Student Association (CUSA) is responding positively to the school's decision to implement a mandatory vaccination policy for students living on campus and who want to play for their varsity sports team in September.
"We feel a little bit of relief and happiness that we have some type of direction from the university. CUSA just wants students to be comfortable and safe for the fall semester," says Vanessa Baptise, CUSA vice-president of finance. "So far, we've been seeing a lot of students re-sharing the information, so it just seems like they like the fact that they're informed and that they're gearing up for a safe fall, so I'd say yes, the response has been positive."
Baptiste tells CityNews' The Rob Snow Show that mandatory vaccination will really play a role in removing a lot of the worry students have around the pandemic and a resurgence of COVID-19, especially in the dorms, playing for sports teams and participating in music.
"Honestly, for first year and second year students coming to Carleton in-person, it's already a huge worry just to handle the transition from high school to university and having the pandemic at the back of their minds is another worry," she says. "I'm happy to know that the university is gearing for all students living on campus and in residence to be vaccinated, it's another worry off their chest."
In the meantime, CUSA's vice-president of finance is waiting for more details from the school on whether its COVID-19 vaccination clinic will still be up and running so that students can get a shot on campus come September.
Listen to the full interview from The Rob Snow Show: