Why there is no strong case to require college students to take a COVID-19 vaccine, before returning to school

The COVID-19 tyranny by the Left, is achieved by conflating the effects the disease has on the vulnerable population (the elderly and those with certain underlying health conditions) with the effects the disease has on the other demographics, that make up the population. If a policy regarding the management of COVID-19 does not consider the demographic it is being applied, the policy is likely political, and has little to do with what is in the best interest of the public. The same is true with regards to the requirement by some universities, that students must be vaccinated in order to return to school.

Patmore Douglas 5/29/2021 5:42:00 AM

A number of colleges/universities, are mandating that students take COVID-19 vaccines, in order to return to school. First of all, these schools are insisting that a demographic that has a low risk of being seriously affected by COVID-19, take an experimental treatment, that only has FDA approval for emergency use.

Note the following from this article:

‘During the 2018-19 flu season, the CDC reported approximately 480 flu deaths among children ages 0-17, about 30% of whom had a lab-confirmed case of influenza.

Comparably, 90 American youth have died from coronavirus complications from the beginning of the pandemic through mid-August, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

More than 46,000 children were hospitalized for flu in that 2018-19 period. The hospitalization rate among children 5 to 17 was 39.2 children per 100,000 children. For COVID-19, that hospitalization rate is 6 per 100,000 children ages 5 to 17, the CDC says.

In a report detailing the differences between COVID-19 and the flu, the CDC states that "the risk of complications for healthy children is higher for flu compared to COVID-19."’

The approximate demographic colleges are insisting take an experimental vaccine, is less affected by COVID-19 than it is by the flu. If college students are less affected by COVID-19 than by the flu, why should they be compelled to take a vaccine for a disease that is less of a threat to them, than another disease – which requires no vaccination?

In addition to above, COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved by the FDA through its normal approval process, which vets products comprehensively for safety and effectiveness. Part of the normal vetting process, is the examination of the use of products using mid to long term studies. No such studies have been performed on the COVID-19 vaccines, which means we are ignorant about what may happen to people taking the vaccines in the mid to long term. Therefore colleges are requiring students take an experimental treatment, whose mid to long term safety and efficacy, are unknown.

Vaccines are not the only treatment or safeguard against COVID-19. There is the Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, as well as Remdesivir. There are several other very effective treatments as well.

In addition to above, some doctors believe we have reached herd immunity. (Herd immunity essentially marks the end of an epidemic/pandemic.) The plummeting death rates, particularly in states that have fully re-opened, is consistent with the above assessment.

The requirement therefore, that the demographic least affected by COVID-19, which is affected by influenza more, must take an experimental treatment, whose mid to long term effects are unknown (where alternative treatments exist, and where COVID-19 appears to be coming to an end) is not only unreasonable – it is reckless and absurd. Further, the requirement ignores the fact that those already infected with COVID-19, have an immunity that is superior than what can be obtained with a vaccine. (The above is applicable to many college students, and has been overlooked.)




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