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Poll: Majority of North Shore residents favour mandatory vaccines for colleges and universities

Only 12.5 per cent oppose mandatory vaccination for college and university students
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College and university students and staff should face mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, a majority of North Shore residents say

North Shore News polled 810 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Should B.C. post-secondary institutions support mandatory vaccination?

The poll ran from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18. Of the 810 votes, we can determine that 288 are from within the North Shore community.

Three-quarters of poll respondents from the North Shore said they favoured mandatory vaccines for students and staff on college and university campus.

On Friday, Santa Ono, UBC’s president and vice-chancellor, voiced support for both mandatory masking and vaccination. In a letter to members of the UBC community, he addressed the implementation of mandatory non-medical masks and vaccines for those returning to campus in September. Ono wrote the use of both precautions would be critical to allow the university to start the term with confidence.

Several Ontario universities have already made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for those who will be on their campuses this fall.

The full results of the poll are as follows:

Yes, mandating anyone on campus is vaccinated will help start the fall semester with confidence. 70.49 % total, 76.74 % local    
Maybe, but it should also be paired with a mandatory indoor masking policy. 10.99 % total, 11.11 % local    
No, universities should not have to institute such a policy. 18.52 % total, 12.15 % local    
  Local   Total

This result provides for a 95% confidence level +/- 3.43% margin of error in the local community.

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