Writes Samantha Calthrop
University Presidents are joining together to call on college students to get vaccinated for university, together with the heads of the IUA (Irish University Association), THEA (Technological Higher Education Association) and HECA (Higher Education Colleges Association).
Over half of 16 to 29-year-olds are fully vaccinated, with about 80% registered to be vaccinated.
“It is gratifying to see the enthusiastic take-up of vaccines by university students for the public good,” said Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway. “Their positive action to protect themselves, their families and fellow students is a key ingredient for the safe reopening of third-level institutions. We encourage all remaining students to register now for the vaccine.”
Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT, echoed the same sentiment. “The desire to realise a safe and more engaged academic year is one shared by staff and students. That appetite is already evident in the admirable take-up of the vaccine and, as this is very much a social compact, we strongly encourage all students and intending students to avail of the vaccine.”
UCC’s own Interim President, Prof. John O’Halloran, sent a mass email in August that was quickly recalled and re-sent again, much to the confusion of students. The email was actually much the same, but the wording had been adjusted to more firmly tell students to mask up.
We can assume he would similarly praise UCC students for continuing to help others and get their vaccines.