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Colleges and Universities Requiring COVID Vaccines Face Pushback

Colleges and Universities Requiring COVID Vaccines Face Pushback

“There is a lot of vaccine hesitancy, and colleges are places that have a high risk for transmission since people congregate in classrooms and school buildings such as dorms”

Lots of people have legitimate reasons for not wanting to take the vaccine. What happened to the whole ‘my body, my choice’ thing?

NBC News reports:

Colleges, universities with Covid vaccination mandates facing pushback

Hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation are requiring students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to campuses in the fall, but the mandates may be difficult to enforce fully.

Some schools such as Princeton University are requiring students to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 1, but it’s still unclear how others will manage vaccination and mask mandates — or what alternatives to on-campus learning may be offered to students who aren’t inoculated against Covid-19.

A number of colleges contacted by NBC News declined to comment, pointing to their websites for requirements.

“There is a lot of vaccine hesitancy, and colleges are places that have a high risk for transmission since people congregate in classrooms and school buildings such as dorms,” said Kristin Bratton Nelson, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Most universities won’t require students to submit a copy of an official vaccination card as proof, which could make the policies difficult to enforce, said public health expert Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking the issue, 578 college campuses currently require students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning for the fall semester. The American College Health Association advises all colleges and universities to implement vaccination mandates for students and staff, but the logistics are proving to be complicated.

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buck61 | July 18, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Once again no mention of those who had the virus and have natural anti bodies in their systems. Is this group even being taken into consideration?


     
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    nordic_prince in reply to buck61. | July 18, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Nope…because “covid” is merely the pretext for getting everyone to submit to vaxx mandates.

    It never was about the virus, or “health,” or “safety”….


     
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    alohahola in reply to buck61. | July 19, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    NONE of it should be taken into account.

    No vaccine info. No testing whatsoever. No temperatures taken. No symptom-monitoring.

    Viruses are here to stay, COVID or not. We’ll test ourselves to death and go nowhere as a society.


 
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healthguyfsu | July 18, 2021 at 5:05 pm

A series of vaccinations have been required at college campuses for decades or more. This probably doesn’t have much legal push back, but it may have a fiscal push back on the college.


 
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randian | July 18, 2021 at 6:38 pm

“colleges are places that have a high risk for transmission since people congregate in classrooms and school buildings such as dorms”

If you’re going to lie, don’t make it so obvious. Colleges have lots of what? Young people. What do we know about young people and covid? Their risk of harm from it is nil, and they don’t transmit it much.


 
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artichoke | July 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

Cornell does not require vaccination. But if unvaxed you have to wear a mask and have regular Covid tests. Perhaps as the outcomes of the vax become more apparent, they’ll require those things for the vaxed as well, and we’ll be back to this past year all over again — which actually went well given the circumstances.


 
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buck61 | July 19, 2021 at 6:39 pm

Judge upheld the Indiana University mandate.

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