Vaccine policy update, masking remains in place

November 29, 2022 1:00 PM

To the Western community, 

Before we enter the busy exam season, we want to thank you for taking care of yourselves, each other, and our community. With your help, Western has minimized the impact of COVID-19 and offered a consistent, positive on-campus experience this term.    

Western has committed to regularly reviewing our vaccination policy. Based on the latest consultation with our medical experts and local public health, we are revoking our vaccination policy and will no longer require students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus.  

That said, public health guidance remains clear: vaccination continues to be the best defence against severe illness and hospitalization. We strongly encourage everyone to remain up to date on their vaccinations.  

Masks will still be required in instructional spaces in the winter term after the December break, to minimize any continued transmission of the virus. As a reminder, medical-grade masks are available for free in libraries and some of our largest classrooms.   

Thanks to everyone in our Western community for keeping each other safe. 

We look forward to seeing you back on campus in January and wish you a restful and safe winter break.  

Florentine Strzelczyk   
Provost & Vice-President (Academic) 

Lynn Logan 
Vice-President (Operations & Finance)