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George Brown College to require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test to access campus

Last Updated Aug 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm EDT

George Brown campus in Toronto in April 2020. (Tony Fera/CityNews)

George Brown College in Toronto is joining a growing list of post-secondary schools to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.

In a release Monday, the school said effective September 7, 2021, it would require either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 rapid test for students and employees to access campus this fall.

The school said the decision comes amid rising infection rates driven by the Delta variant.

“Employees and students must provide verification of full vaccination through a third-party provider or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid test administered within 48 hours of entry,” the release states, adding that “individuals will still have the option to provide evidence of a test or take a test on-site.”

“We are facing a fourth wave  f COVID-19 and must work together to safeguard our collective health and well-being by getting vaccinated. These new measures reflect our commitment to protecting our community amid the ongoing risks of COVID-19,” said Chris McGrath, Vice President Student Success, George Brown College.

“I’m confident that this new policy will contribute to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to continue to help our students, employees, and communities turn learning into opportunity.”