The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate on Wednesday 22 September voted on a proposed policy to make vaccines mandatory from next year, with 83% of the senate voting in favor of it.
The proposal recommends that students must produce an acceptable proof of vaccination as a condition of registration at UCT and that staff members do the same as a condition of performing their duties from January 1 2022.
“After deliberations and discussions on a proposal on mandatory vaccination at a meeting held on Friday September 17, members of the University of Cape Town senate present at the meeting have voted on the matter. Senate, having considered this complex matter fully and taken into consideration a range of views at the meeting, proceeded to conduct voting on the matter via electronic ballot,” said UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola.
183 votes were in support of the proposed policy, 32 against, and there were five abstentions.
The final decision on whether the policy is adopted however, lies with the university’s council.
“UCT emphasizes that no decision or position has been taken yet by the university on mandatory vaccination on campus. Any final decision on a matter of policy for the university will have to be a decision of the university council,” Moholola said.