“It just goes to show that if you give these institutions an inch, they’ll take a mile.”
Some colleges and universities are going overboard on precautions. Do college aged students really need all of this?
WCHS News reports:
Several colleges, universities mandate booster shots
Colleges and universities are doing something many employers haven’t even begun yet — mandating booster shots.
Some college watchdog groups say this goes too far.
“It just goes to show that if you give these institutions an inch, they’ll take a mile. They saw that they were successful and mandating the first vaccines for their students and now they’re, they’re giving the green light to mandate these booster shots,” said Ophelie Jacobson with Campus Reform.
More than 1,000 colleges require students to be vaccinated. As of Dec. 21, 36 universities are requiring booster shots, according to Best Colleges.
The booster requirement coincides with the rise in cases of omicron. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says people who have maximum protection either won’t get an infection or will have a mild case.
“I know it’s tough right now,” Murthy said. “I know there’s a prospect of another wave with omicron coming, but we now know more about how to stay safe than we’ve ever known. if you’re vaccinated and boosted, your risk of having a bad outcome with COVID-19 is much, much lower.”
But some students are pushing back, accusing colleges of taking away choice while changing what it means to be fully vaccinated.
“So students should absolutely have every right to make their own personal decision,” Jacobson said. “These young college students are not at that high risk compared to the older population, as we’ve seen.”
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