The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina are following other Canadian universities in making it mandatory that all students, staff and faculty be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The University of Saskatchewan is mandating all those accessing campus must have their first dose by Sept. 7 and be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, while the University of Regina said everyone must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1.

However, both universities are giving other options to those unable or unwilling to get the vaccine, according to press releases.

Those at the USask without the vaccine will be made to provide negative COVID-19 test results and submit a daily symptom checklist, and the U of R will provide information to those requesting exemptions.

Both schools announced the new protocols Friday and said it’s due to high cases involving the Delta Variant as well as low vaccination rates for those under 30 living in the province.

Those living in residence and participating in sports at the schools, both considered ‘high-risk activities,’ must have the shot.

(PHOTO: University of Saskatchewan. File photo.)