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April 13, 2023
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 have had their exemptions approved must be “tested weekly and wear a mask indoor and outdoor”. In addition to 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 who 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 are coercive. Public schools and universities are just a few domains where mandates are seen. Hospitals, offices, and clinics are also moving toward mandatory vaccinations.
ARTICLE: JACOB KOVACS
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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