As the Trends Journal has been reporting, colleges across the U.S. will not allow young students to take in-person classes unless they can prove they are fully vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus.
On 21 April, the two public university systems in California announced they will require all returning students to be vaccinated, which could impact 800,000 students in the California State University and University of California systems.
The two systems announced Thursday that all faculty and staff on school property will be required to prove they’ve been vaccinated. We reported in the 30 March article, “NO JAB, NO COLLEGE,” that Rutgers in New Jersey was one of the first schools to announce the requirement.
“Adding COVID-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements will help provide a safer and more robust college experience for our students,” Jonathan Holloway, the president of Rutgers, told CNBC.
More than 30 colleges in the U.S. will require vaccines for students and faculty. Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, Wesleyan, and Bowdoin are some of the schools that have already put the requirement in place.
Politico reported the requirement is contingent on full U.S. FDA approval. The report pointed out it is unclear when that approval will occur. The U.S. has approved three jabs: Pfizer; Moderna; and Johnson & Johnson, which is a single shot.
Joseph Castro, the CSU chancellor, said in a statement that the state has been a “leader in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and Californians receiving a vaccine has led to significantly reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in our state.”
“Continued vigilance will further mitigate the spread of the disease that has radically altered our lives over the past year. We will continue to strongly encourage all members of our respective University communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it is available to them,” he said.
On Friday, Boston College and Maryland’s state university system announced it will require all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID Jab before they return to campuses in the fall.
TREND FORECAST: To date, over 30 U.S. colleges have enforced the No Jab/No School mandate. We forecast this number will sharply increase as the media and politicians will continue to report on “surging COVID cases” each year. And, the mainstream message to young students, with a recovery rate of 99.997 percent, will be the only way to stop the deadly virus – that kills mostly the elderly and those suffering from 2.6 preexisting chronic conditions – is to get vaccinated.
TRENDPOST: Some colleges have been reluctant to require COVID-19 vaccines for students because they are unsure about the legality of requiring otherwise young, healthy students to take vaccines that are being used on an emergency authorization.
About 30 percent of U.S. adults do not want to receive the vaccination. Legal scholars have also said there is a grey area about whether or not a vaccine with emergency use authorization can be mandated at institutions of higher learning.
Statnews.com reported in February that the “abbreviated timelines” of the emergency use authorization “means there is much the FDA does not know about these products.”
The report pointed to Dr. Amanda Cohn, the executive secretary of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, who was asked her thoughts on if the vaccine could be mandatory.
“Vaccines are not allowed to be mandatory. So, early in this vaccination phase, individuals will have to be consented and they won’t be able to be mandatory.”
Toni Molle, a California State University spokeswoman, told the Associated Press that the university’s formal mandate will depend on when the FDA gives full authorization to the vaccines.
“We are announcing now so that students and employees have time to receive a vaccination” by fall, she said.
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