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TO ALL STUDENTS OF ST JOHN’S COLLEGE
As you will be aware, the NSW Government has enacted a stringent set of public health regulations in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the Greater Sydney area. The government restrictions currently in force (collectively referred to as “lockdown”) are expressed to operate until 12.01am on Saturday 29 August 2021.
The following rules for St John’s College are designed to promote the safety of the College’s students and staff of in accordance with prudent risk management and public health advice. In some respects they give effect to legally mandated restrictions under the Public Health Orders (PHO). The provisions have been developed after extensive consideration involving both College staff and the student leadership team.
The College encourages students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with public health advice and GP consultation as appropriate. Visit https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility?lang=en for more information.
All St John’s students in 2022 will need to show evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), unless the student has medical contraindication to all approved vaccines certified by a medical practitioner. There are three vaccines currently approved by TGA: Cominarty (Pfizer); Vaxrevia (AstraZeneca); Spikevax (Moderna).
It is your responsibility to be informed about the PHO rules which apply to you, and to follow them. Visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney for information.
These rules are enacted under the Rector’s powers of management and have binding force on students and staff. They may be varied at any time in response to changed conditions or health advice.
Given the uncertainty as to the progress of the public health situation and duration of the PHOs, the following rules will remain in force until further notice. As public health restrictions are relaxed and when it is safe to do so, the rules will be reviewed.
Return to College protocol
Students returning to College must do so in accordance with the Protocol which has previously been notified, including registration, negative Covid test and check-in procedure.
Colleges have been working with the University in relation to the availability of backup isolation accommodation to manage the risk associated with the identification of positive cases and contacts requiring isolation. If isolation units are required beyond that available within the College itself, further units should be available through the University.
Formal Dinners and Mass
Formal Dinners and weekly Mass will not be held during the lockdown period.
Adrian Diethelm, Rector
4 August 2021