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NSCAD becomes latest university to implement vaccine requirements

Proof of vaccination will now be required at NSCAD University as the fall semester gets underway
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Proof of vaccination will now be required at NSCAD University as the fall semester gets underway.

The art and design school previously said it would not be making that a requirement, but an updated notice on its website now indicates students, faculty and staff will be required to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Those who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status or choose to remain unvaccinated must complete two COVID-19 tests per week and provide proof of regular testing.

"According to NSCAD’s COVID-19 Vaccination Survey, 90 per cent of respondents are fully vaccinated, and 95 per cent of respondents are committed to being fully vaccinated by the fall term," a press release reads. "The survey results indicate a significantly higher percentage of our community is vaccinated than the general population in the province (about 70 per cent), which is very good news for keeping our campuses safe."

Proof of testing at NSCAD begins Sept. 7.

The move follows several other universities and post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia — and across Canada — taking similar steps.

Saint Mary's University expanded its vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff on Friday; it now mandates that those people must be fully vaccinated or undergo testing twice a week.

Mount Saint Vincent University announced the same mandate last week, along with Dalhousie University and the University of King's College.

Nova Scotia Community College also joined the roster of post-secondary schools mandating vaccines last week.

With files from Chris Stoodley

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