Some students in the California school system are concerned about recently enforced requirements to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before stepping onto campus again in the fall, saying it should be their decision whether they can use their own bodies. What do you put in
The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems announced in July that they would require all students and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall semester, earlier this year. I have to backtrack on his statements that vaccination will happen. Should not be mandated unless one of them has been given full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“For anyone who doesn’t want to get a vaccine, there’s no choice here,” James Barr, president of Cal State Fullerton College Republican, told The Epoch Times.
“This is something that every student has to achieve now in order to continue their education, which I find counterproductive in terms of [the school] Administration. I do not believe that any student should be compelled to take the vaccine to get their education out of the way,” he said.
Students plan to protest vaccination requirements on Fullerton’s campus on August 7, requesting that either the rules be changed, or that students be at least given the option of wearing masks instead. At this time, not all classes are available online, so not every student can continue their online education if they do not want to get vaccinated.
Barr said the purpose of the protest is to oppose vaccines or tell others not to vaccinate, but to fight for people’s right to make their own medical choices.
“whatever happened’my body, my choice?” Amanda McGuire, field director of the Lincoln Club Institute, a nonprofit working to connect students with resources to fight against the vaccine mandate, told The Epoch Times.
“All students want to be restored is a human right to control what goes into their bodies. We are yet to understand the implications of such mandates, but they are sure to do more harm than good by all means,” she said.
Although not all students are against the mandate, as some say they are necessary to stop the virus from spreading.
“I think it comes down to security more than anything, no matter where you stand on the issue,” Josh Mitchell, president of Associated Students Inc. at CSU Fullerton, told The Epoch Times.
“I think the university cannot open in good conscience [without everyone vaccinated] Given how big our campus is. We have 45,000 students on campus next year and approximately 3,000 staff and faculty. Considering [that]”If students are not vaccinated, we will have potential outbreaks, and because of that I believe that’s where this decision came from.” “
Michele said he personally hasn’t received any messages from students who are unable to continue their education because of not being vaccinated, but he wants to work to advocate for those students.
For some students, their opposition to the vaccine has less to do with its potential side effects and more about how it was developed. Lloyd Labriga, president of Students for Life at UC Irvine, told The Epoch Times that since the vaccine is developed using embryonic cell lines that originally came from abortion, many pro-life students do not want to get the vaccine.
He also said that college students, who are usually young and do not usually have a severe reaction to COVID-19, should not be the target demographic for the vaccine mandate.
“Most college students are very young, and we are at the lowest risk level from COVID. So why is the UCI forcing us to get the vaccine, wear masks and practice social distancing? All three of these things for an age group are not likely to be affected badly by this.”
CSU Fullerton did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.
Drew Van Voorhees is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken many viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.