This past week over 200 students have been disenrolled from the University of Virginia after failing to meet the requirements for the vaccination mandate that was issued earlier this summer.
Caroline Newman a journalist for the University stated that the school has had over “96.6%” of incoming students declare their vaccination status being completed with both shots.
“Vaccines are required for all students who wish to live and study in-person at UVA during the 2021-22 academic year, unless they were granted a medical or religious exemption.”
The students who have had their exemptions approved must be “tested weekly and wear a mask indoor and outdoor.”
In addition to the student vaccination rate, teachers are at a 92% rate. This early August leaders of the University concluded that because the vaccination rate among teachers and students is so high that they will return to in-person learning and in-person events like sports venues.
Schools that are making such policies are facing serious backsplash from students and parents alike, who say that the practice of vaccination mandates is not ethical or legal, and is coercive.
Public schools and universities are just a few domains where mandates are seen. Hospitals, businesses, and clinics are also moving toward mandatory vaccinations.
Quinnipiac University has also issued new regulations to students via email, explaining it will apply a weekly fee of up to $2,275 per semester for unvaccinated students, mandatory weekly COVID-19 tests, and loss of access to campus network and WiFi.
The email detailing these penalties was sent to roughly 600 students who had not submitted any proof of vaccination. Less than 10,000 students attend Quinnipiac, per a university spokesperson.
“Our goal is to protect the health of our entire university community,” the email read. “In order to accomplish this we must know if you have been vaccinated.” Quinnipiac University will begin classes on Aug. 30 and has implemented other mandates to keep COVID-19 cases down.
On Aug. 2, the school announced that masks must be worn in all indoor settings, and it is also encouraging students to test themselves for COVID-19 five days ahead of returning to campus. The e-mail expressed regret at having to impose these measures but said that the current spread of COVID-19 infections fueled by the delta variant will require ‘mass vaccinations’ to build stronger immunity in the student body.
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Connecticut has seen a growing number of China Virus cases recently.
As of Tuesday, the state reported it has had 364,891 positive cases. Approximately 72% of Connecticut residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, and over 64% are fully vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic.