As restrictions ease in Queensland and our borders open to interstate and international travel, it is inevitable that the number of COVID-19 cases in our community will increase.  

QIMR Berghofer modelling informed the Queensland Government roadmap to easing restrictions, with daily infection rates predicted to increase from March 2022. Even with 90 per cent of Queenslanders fully vaccinated, daily cases could be as high as 600 by July 2022. 

In preparation for these likely scenarios, the University is considering if staff, students and others who attend UQ campuses, sites and facilities should be fully vaccinated. 

The University wants to ensure that we are putting health and safety first for our staff, students and others attending our campuses, sites and facilities. UQ also wants to minimise the impact of our activities on vulnerable family, friends, and rural communities. 

Thank you to staff and students for providing feedback on the proposed COVID-19 vaccination requirements. This process is now closed and the information you provided is being considered.

What would this mean? 

It is proposed that in time for the start of Orientation Week on 14 February 2022, all staff, students and others must be fully vaccinated before they can attend UQ campuses, sites or facilities.  

Why is the University considering this proposal? 

UQ already has a range of measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

The introduction of a vaccination requirement is being considered as an additional, highly effective measure to further reduce the impact of COVID-19 on staff and students. 

Vaccination is the most effective protection against the virus and will enhance protection for the UQ community once the borders open and COVID-19 case numbers start to increase, as forecast. 

How would a vaccine requirement be managed? 

This is still under consideration, but options could include: 

  • Uploading your digital vaccination certificate (or authorised medical exemption) to your UQ records 

  • Conducting in-person checks of your vaccination certificate (or authorised medical exemption) when you attend a UQ campus, site or facility   

  • Requesting third party organisations attending UQ campuses, sites or facilities to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated. 

The use of the QLD Check-in app will continue to be required. 

When would this be implemented? 

It is proposed that from Monday 14 February 2022 (the start of Orientation Week), only fully vaccinated (or medically exempt) staff, students and others could attend UQ campuses, sites and facilities. 

Who would the proposal apply to if it proceeds? 

It is proposed that all people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine must be fully vaccinated before they attend a UQ campus, site or facility. 

Will these proposed requirements go beyond government directions? 

Restrictions for unvaccinated people have already been announced by the Queensland Government. When the state’s vaccination rate reaches 80 per cent, unvaccinated people will be unable to attend vulnerable settings, as well as hospitality and entertainment venues and cultural activities. 

The Queensland Government has already announced that all workers in healthcare settings must be fully vaccinated by 15 December 2021. UQ has a significant number of staff and students who attend healthcare settings who are already required to be fully vaccinated. 

The proposal being considered by the University adopts the Government’s approach across the UQ environment and settings, with the aim of providing a safer environment for UQ and the broader community. 

How long will the requirement be in place? 

UQ will reassess the continuing need for the requirement based on our operating environment, risks of community transmission and advice from government. 

What other measures will UQ put in place to protect staff and students? 

UQ will continue to invest in our risk mitigation strategies, which have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic, or when required by government.  

These measures include staying home if you are ill, good hygiene practices, thorough cleaning processes, mask wearing as required, following occupant density requirements and reviewing and adjusting building ventilation where possible. 

What would happen if I am not vaccinated by 14 February 2022? 

If the requirement is implemented, you will not be permitted to attend UQ campuses, sites or facilities unless you have been vaccinated or have an accepted medical exemption.    

The University would seek to work with individual staff and students to explore reasonable solutions or arrangements where practicable. 

How can I get a vaccination?  

Vaccinations are available at St Lucia for staff, domestic and international students and families. Walk-ins are accepted or you can book an appointment online

For more information, email ohna@uq.edu.au

Where can I get advice about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

We understand that some members of our community may be hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines. We recommend speaking with your doctor or treating medical practitioner.  

More information can be found on our UQ COVID-19 website

We also have a ‘know the facts’ series with UQ researchers if you’d like to submit a question