Original article from Kent Live
The University of Kent is 'strongly encouraging' students to get the COVID-19 vaccine as other universities 'ban' unvaccinated pupils from campus.
Hartpury University and College in Gloucestershire has banned unvaccinated students from living on campus and told them they may have limited access to social events and clubs if they choose not to get the COVID-19 jab.
The agricultural and veterinary nursing college is thought to be the first university in England to make vaccination a mandatory requirement for students.
A spokesperson for the University of Kent said: "The safety of our entire community has been at the heart of our plans throughout the pandemic, which will continue as we prepare to reopen our campuses for the new academic year.
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"As part of this we are strongly encouraging students who are eligible for a vaccine to get one if they can and are looking into a number of measures to facilitate this as they return."
Whilst the Canterbury university is not banning unvaccinated people from its campus, they said they will be regularly communicating with students and staff to support testing, vaccinations and other health protection measures to ensure everyone does all they can to keep the community safe.
They have also prepared the teaching and study spaces on campus to support social distancing and are actively promoting Covid-safe behaviours in accordance with Government guidelines.
As of Monday (August 23), the University of Kent recorded zero cases of coronavirus in students living both on and off-campus.
Hartpury University made the controversial decision to ban unvaccinated students to protect students, staff and the wider community.
The university, which runs a number of equestrian courses, has also made vaccination a requirement for anyone wishing to keep a horse in its stables.
The higher education institution has 3,600 students in total – around 1.800 of which attend the university and a further 1,800 attend Hartpury College.
A spokesperson for Hartpury University and Hartpury College told ITV: "Students who are not intending to engage with the vaccination programme will still be able to attend all of their in-person teaching on campus, but will not be able to reside in Hartpury on-site accommodation (unless they are exempt due to medical reasons).
"We have taken this decision to protect our student, staff and wider communities, and offer all of our university and college students the best possible experience in this forthcoming academic year.
"The Students’ Union is in full support of our vaccination requirements for students who wish to live on campus.
"Feedback on our stance from parents and students, and from a record numbers of applicants, has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Hartpury University is also advising its students to do a lateral flow test before they travel to campus.
Once they have arrived, the university has asked them to take another two tests, three or four days apart.
The Government will not be demanding university students get a jab, but is "strongly encouraging" those who are eligible to get one.
In a recent statement, a spokesman for the Department for Education said: "The Government currently has no plans to require the use of the NHS COVID Pass for access to learning.
"However, universities and further education colleges are encouraged to promote the offer of the vaccine and should continue to conduct risk assessments for their particular circumstances."