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Mandatory vaccinations latest: These universities now also demand the jab

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) joins five other South African universities to adopt the mandatory vaccination policy on campus.

UJ student Braamfontein

The University of Johannesburg. Image via Instagram @university_of_johannesburg.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is the latest South African university to adopt the mandatory vaccination policy, announced in a statement released on 6 December. 


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) announced that they have adopted the mandatory vaccine policy. This follows the detection of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, in South Africa on 25 November. 

UJ requires all staff, post-doctoral research fellows and students to have either completed their first vaccination or be fully vaccinated before entering the campus. 

“The vaccination policy states that staff, post-doctoral research fellows, and students will need to provide UJ with their vaccination status – first vaccination completed or fully vaccinated – before gaining access to any campus or facility. These measures also apply to ad hoc contractors, identified stakeholders and visitors,” said UJ.

UJ’s manager of strategic communication, Herman Esterhuizen the outcome of the mandatory vaccination policy is to allow access to the university while protecting the health and safety of everyone.

“Exemptions, based on medical or religious grounds, will be considered. It is important to note, however, that UJ will balance the rights of individuals against the collective rights of the broader university and the surrounding community. As the collective rights take precedence, the rights of individuals may be limited, in terms of section 36 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996,” the statement continued. 

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Aside from UJ, these are the other South African universities that have adopted the mandatory vaccination policy,

The University of Cape Town invited staff and students to complete a short survey on the matter. The majority voted in favour of the mandatory vaccination policy.

“The UCT senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of mandatory vaccination at their last meeting in September, with 83% of respondents in the ballot indicating support. The UCT College of Fellows has also released a statement supporting vaccination at UCT,” according to the university. 

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