The runner | In brief: KPU releases updated results of vaccination status survey
According to a notice sent to students on October 7, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Immunization Status Survey in September found that of the 49 percent of students who responded, 88 percent said they were fully immunized, six percent expressed a wish to be fully immunized by the end of the year, and “just under 4%” said they were not planning to be immunized.
Among KPU employees, 94 percent said they were fully vaccinated, another percent planned to be fully vaccinated by the end of the year, and two percent said they did not plan to be vaccinated. in 2021.
The message, which was also delivered as a video KPU President Alan Davis said that as of September 24, the province reported that unvaccinated people were 26 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are fully vaccinated, after controlling for age. By October 8, the province reported that unvaccinated people were 58 times more likely to be hospitalized and 53 times more likely to die than those who received both doses of the vaccine.
KPU followed the guidelines established by the British Columbia Provincial Office of Health, which requires masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces, proof of vaccination is required to live in on-campus housing and for students participating in programs Health Sciences must be fully immune to participate in student placements and clinical placements in long-term care or extended care facilities.
Universities in British Columbia have all developed their own communicable disease prevention plans under the leadership of WorkSafeBC, which allows them to implement and enforce immunization policies beyond PHO guidelines.
Davis added that KPU is working to “reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission this fall through a variety of checks,” including proof of vaccination requirements for non-essential activities like gym visits, and maintenance of blended learning and continuous distance working arrangements for students.