Is the pandemic kaput? Clearly, not for some. And if it isn’t over yet, when might it ever be? COVID-19 isn’t going away — it’s part of the planet now. Apropos of its endurance, there’s news at the University of Notre Dame.
These days, we’ve gleaned a couple of facts concerning the COVID vaccine:
- It doesn’t prevent COVID infection.
- It doesn’t prevent COVID transmission.
Hence, contrary to claims by plenty of politicians, the pricks do not protect “other people.”
Yet, on Tuesday, Notre Dame’s University Health Services reportedly made an injection-requiring announcement.
As you know, a high rate of vaccination is critical to combat COVID-19, and the benefits of a uniformly, highly-vaccinated community have been realized on our campus with extremely low case rates throughout the fall semester.
The school intends to continue doing the thing that it never in actuality at any point did:
In an effort to continue this trend and prevent serious illness related to coronavirus…the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine is required of all students…
According to the email, bivalent boosters pile on protection:
Bivalent booster vaccines provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19 and, unlike previous monovalent boosters which were designed only to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19, the updated bivalent booster vaccine protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron BA.4 AND BA.5 variants.
As made clear in the message, if any students received monovalent boosters more than two months ago, the CDC encourages them to get injected all over again.
“Booster” seems a fitting name, since the shots continuously boost COVID’s social station. And Notre Dame isn’t the only institution insisting on inoculation:
Will It Ever End? Yale Requires Spring '23 Students to Get New COVID Boostershttps://t.co/9qwTUFv5Bl
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) November 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Florida State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A Ladapo issued a warning Friday:
The Florida Department of Health (Department) conducted an analysis through a self-controlled case series, which is a technique originally developed to evaluate vaccine safety.
This analysis found that there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination. With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group. Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks.
As such, the State Surgeon General recommends against males aged 18 to 39 from receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Those with preexisting cardiac conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, should take particular caution when making this decision.
Maybe Notre Dame hasn’t reviewed that study — or any reports on vaccines since they’ve been available.
Whatever the reason, the private Catholic research university is looking ahead: Its requirement extends to the 2023-24 school year.
And not only will on-campus undergraduates be required to take the jab; the rule applies to the following attendee types:
- “Students studying or performing research remotely and/or virtually“
Hopefully, boosters will somehow prevent transmission — not only person-to-person, but online.
As an extra precaution, perhaps virtual students should keep a 6-foot social distance from their screens. Anti-virus software may be advised.
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