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Universities in New Brunswick gearing up on a strategy for vaccinated international students

COVID-19 isolation standards apply to international students arriving in New Brunswick to study at university, but the support provided by each of the institutions varies. International students who do not fulfill the federal criteria, according to Ryan Sullivan, assistant vice-president of enrolment at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, will have to self-isolate with the university’s help.

During the two-week term, students will be housed in a designated residence, with meals and other assistance provided. It’s a contingency plan devised by the University of the liberal arts after the federal government imposed limitations on fully vaccinated travelers who don’t have vaccinations certified by Health Canada.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson are the four vaccines presently authorized by Health Canada. Those who have received vaccines from companies other than those listed are obliged to isolate for 14 days.

According to Sullivan, the institution recognized the necessity for a strategy to help students who were unable to attend. 

“While just under 70% of our classes are going to be in-person this fall, we still have 30% of our classes online for students who may not be able to travel here for several reasons,” he said in an interview Monday.

Vaccinations are not required, but they are encouraged, according to the University of New Brunswick. Heather Campbell, a spokesperson for the university, stated that if students must self-isolate, they must plan and prepare to be classes in September. Several UNB Student Services departments are assisting students with self-isolation by greeting and supporting them as they prepare for the autumn semester on UNM campuses.

Campbell did not explain what kind of help the student would receive, just that it would be offered whether the student living on or off-campus. “Travellers must adhere to all federal and provincial regulations, including self-isolation rules at the point of entrance into Canada and upon arrival in New Brunswick. Self-isolation requirements are based on the vaccination using approved vaccines in Canada,” she said in the statement.

According to Health Canada’s authorized vaccinations, 51% of New Brunswick’s population is completely vaccinated. By early August, it is projected to be in the green phase, with 75 % of eligible citizens having been vaccinated.

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