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Ryerson University latest school to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for students in residence

Last Updated Jun 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm EDT

A general view of the Ryerson University campus in Toronto is seen on Jan. 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ryerson University has become the latest school to require students living in residences for the 2021-2022 school year to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The university says any student living in residence will be required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine and is recommending they get the dose 14 days prior to moving in.

The World Health Organization has so far approved the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.

The move is supported by local public health authorities, according to the university.

“This requirement is specific to students in residence because of the nature of communal living, the high volume of cases and incidence rates among young populations and to foster a welcoming and engaging community for students on our campus where they can learn and thrive,” read the statement.

Western University in London became the first school in Ontario to require students living in residence to be vaccinated against COVID-19 come September. University of Toronto followed suit shortly after.