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Ducey explodes Arizona State University’s COVID-19 vaccine policy as ‘social engineering at its worst’

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday spoke out against Arizona State University (ASU)’s new vaccine policy, which requires all students to be vaccinated, while requiring students who are not vaccinated to take daily health tests. once a week COVID-19 tests and usually masks are always on campus.

“This is a bad policy, with no basis for public health,” Ducey said. written in a series of tweets. ‘The vaccine works. But the vaccine is a choice. This policy is at its worst social engineering. ”

In a Monday statement, an ASU official said that when the college learns to teach in person again in the fall semester, all students enrolled for campus programs are expected to be fully vaccinated two weeks before August 19, the first day of classes.

Students who for whatever reason cannot be vaccinated or who do not agree to share their vaccination status must undergo daily health tests, participate in the COVID-19 testing twice a week and wear face masks in all ASU campus spaces – both inside and outside.

Vaccinated students who provide evidence of vaccination are not subject to the above restrictions, although they, along with everyone on campus, are encouraged to wear masks in overcrowded areas.

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“As Sun Devils, we are committed to being part of the ASU Community of Care where we care for ourselves, each other and our community,” said Joanne Vogel, vice president of student services, in the statement. “The management of COVID-19 is a matter of personal responsibility and public health, and we ask that you follow all protocols as applicable to our joint well-being.”

In objecting to ASU’s new vaccine policy, Ducey suggested it was unscientific.

‘Health policy should be based on science, not on virtues. In America, freedom wins, ”Ducey wrote.

Although Ducey did not specify which aspects of ASU’s new vaccine policy he finds offensive based on science, the college’s masking requirement is more restrictive than recently updated guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends masking machines for vaccinated people in all indoor scenarios, but not outdoors, provided they are outdoors with members of the same household or a small outdoor gathering with attend fully vaccinated people. According to the CDC, people who have been fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks under any circumstances.

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Ducey added that he intends to issue an executive order “that will ensure that this excessive policy is never enforced” and that state lawmakers are being appealed to codify his order in legislation.

It is unclear what, if any, enforcement mechanisms ASU intends to verify the vaccination status of students. The president’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Ducey’s remarks or to a request for information on whether there would be monitors on campus, and asked students to provide evidence of vaccination.

This comes after a failed attempt by Arizona lawmakers to ban state and local governments, as well as public universities such as ASU, from issuing COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’.

Vaccination passports have been criticized by civil liberties groups who say they could violate the privacy rights of Americans, while denying the key services to people who have not been vaccinated.

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