Charles Sturt University is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students studying health from next year, or they won’t be allocated a work placement.
In a COVID statement published online, the Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Germov said, “In line with government advice, Charles Sturt is strongly encouraging all staff and students to have their COVID-19 vaccination when they become eligible.
“This is particularly important for science and health students who go out on placement into the community.
“From 2022, all health students will need to be vaccinated. Those who have not received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination will not be allocated a placement from 2022.”
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CSU confirmed there are about 4000 students studying health at the university, with an estimated two-thirds on placements in hospitals and other health services, at any one time.
The new policy will affect students doing all health-related courses, including those through the Dubbo campus such as Nursing.
The policy relates to student work placements, not enrolments.
Professor Germov also said, “The health and safety of our staff and students of paramount concern to Charles Sturt University as it continues to take all necessary steps in regards to COVID-19.”
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