As a union representing GTA and Postdoc workers at Western, we are concerned about Western’s plans to return to in-person work in September following the provincial government’s announcement on Monday.
Primarily, we are concerned about the rise in new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, including the Delta variant, which may allow the virus to be more contagious.
In light of this, PSAC 610 joins the UWO Faculty Association in calling on the Western University administration to require all eligible students, faculty, staff, librarians and archivists to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus this fall. We acknowledge that some may be exempt from getting the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons.
A safe and healthy return to campus will only be possible if all of us are protected against COVID-19. Without mandating that all eligible members of our university community be fully vaccinated before coming to campus, we are putting the lives of the most vulnerable among us at risk.