Western University said on Sept. 6 it will delay imposing a COVID-19 booster requirement due to Health Canada approving a new bivalent vaccine.
The initial deadline for compliance was Oct. 1, but the university said it’s now being pushed to Jan. 9, 2023.
“This booster deadline extension reflects the new Health Canada information and is supported by our experts. It also responds to the call from our student leaders to provide more time for students in residence to be vaccinated.”
Health Canada says the new Moderna booster triggers a “strong immune response” against BA.1 and a “good immune response” against BA.4 and BA.5.
Other authorized vaccines target the original Wuhan strain of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
Students ProtestWestern students held a protest against the booster mandate on Aug. 27.
“I didn’t take the decision lightly,” he told The Epoch Times on Aug. 29. “But I knew that my platform would probably be more powerful in telling the administration what I had learned about the general student body’s reaction to these mandates.”
The federal government suspended its vaccine mandates for federally regulated workplaces and domestic travel on June 20, but said it would bring them back in the fall if it deems necessary.
While many institutions and companies followed the government’s lead in imposing mandates, some have kept them in place after the suspension. Canada Post lifted its mandate on July 6, but 91 percent of Canada Post-owned Purolator has kept its mandate as it faces legal action.