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Can colleges require the Covid-19 vaccine?

And if so what are students' rights?

Posted: Aug 25, 2021 4:46 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Studies show over 700 U.S. colleges are requiring on-campus students to get Covid-19 shots. But many students say they feel their rights are being stripped away. I honestly feel much safer just because FDA approved it honestly at this point I think it should be a mandated thing it's just like every other vaccine there just trying to keep it safe.

Students across the country are voicing their concerns about their constitutional rights when it comes to universities mandating covid-19 vaccines.

Professor Christie Maloyed says legally students can request exemption from a vaccine but if an outbreak occurs, he or she can be banned from campus.

She says, "If at any point there's an outbreak and a student has claimed an exemption that student can be banned from campus so for instance if there was a measles outbreak and a student had been exempt from the measles vaccine that student could be banned from campus as part of a public health crisis".

With UL making Covid-19 vaccines a requirement some students feel their rights are being taken away while others say they're doing what's right for the community.

Emma Lemaire says "I think they're very concerned about their rights and I think they're concerned for their rights is sometimes overtaking their concern for others and caring about their community".

Hannah Himel says "I think some might be but I really don't think it should be a concern of them because, in the end, this is going to end up being a vaccine that we get when we're children like the tetanus shot it's not like you want that disease to happen again so we prevent it from spreading and from happening again".

One freshman says this virus has been a problem for far too long and it's time to bring it to an end. She says "I really do think that the mandate because obviously, it's becoming a really big problem it's been a problem for over a year now I think there just trying to do something about it to where we don't have to deal with it later on and there just trying to make it safer". 

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