University of Saskatchewan stays the course on its in-person restart plan

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University leaders say the decision to stick with Feb. 7 was made with expert advice.

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Thousands of students, faculty and staff will make a long-awaited return to the University of Saskatchewan campus beginning Feb. 7 after a long period of being forced to operate online due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

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The return date was confirmed in a letter to the campus community posted Tuesday on the university’s website. The memo says university management is confident people can safely return based on factors such as a ‘stabilization’ of positive cases and positive trends in sewage testing by reviewing the load viral in the community.

The letter also cites the 99% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff as the reason it is considered safe to bring large numbers of people back to campus.

People were originally supposed to return to campus on Jan. 4, but the spike in new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan forced the university to delay that date, first to mid-January and then back to Feb. 7. .

A university spokeswoman confirmed in an emailed statement on Tuesday that booster shots have not been added to the university-imposed vaccination mandate.

A testing option for those who choose not to be vaccinated or not to disclose their vaccination status has been eliminated before the winter term, which means that anyone wishing to learn, work or teach on campus must either vaccinate twice, or not be able to be vaccinated on recognized medical grounds. or human rights.

“Although not required at this time, it is expected that anyone coming to any USask campus will receive a booster vaccination if eligible, by February 7. If students, faculty and staff are not yet eligible for recall, we ask that they get their recall within one month of becoming eligible,” the statement read.

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