Residential Vermont State Colleges mandate student vax for fall

By Guy Page

The residential colleges in the Vermont State College system will mandate Covid-19 vaccination for all students in the fall semester, provided the FDA has given full approval by then.

“Once the FDA grants permanent approval to the existing COVID-19 vaccines, the VSCS institutions will be requiring all enrolled students to be vaccinated. This is in addition to the other vaccines currently required by the Vermont Department of Health,” VSC spokesperson Katherine Levasseur told Vermont Daily today.

Community College of Vermont (CCV) will follow a somewhat less stringent policy, because it is non-residential, Levasseur said. The following information is available on the websites of the individual colleges.

Northern Vermont University – comprising the former Johnson State College and Lyndon State College campuses – will require all enrolled students who access the campus to be vaccinated. Masks shall be worn by all non-vaccinated people on campus. 

Vermont Technical College in Randolph also will require student vaccination: “once the FDA grants permanent approval to the existing COVID-19 vaccines, Vermont Tech will be requiring all enrolled students to be vaccinated,” VT Tech President Patricia Moulton said in a June 15 statement on the college website. 

Castleton University has not publicly announced a decision. 

Community College of Vermont will not require student vaccination “at this time.” CCV Pres. Heather Weinstein wrote in a June 14 letter on the college website: 

“Will students be required to be vaccinated? Not at this time. As a non-residential college, CCV does not require proof of vaccinations except in certain state-mandated programs. CCV will continue to follow Vermont guidelines, including encouraging all CCV community members to get vaccinated, if able. Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to protect ourselves and each other against the virus.”

Wearing masks will be recommended but not required. Proof of vaccination will not be required, nor will students requesting proof from others be permitted. “It is important to remember there are many reasons why someone may not be vaccinated,” Weinstein said. 

The University of Vermont last week announced mandatory vaccination for students (but not faculty and staff) returning in the fall. Other Vermont colleges with fall mandatory vaccination policies include Norwich, St. Michaels, Bennington, Champlain, and Middlebury colleges. 

Categories: Covid-19

8 replies »

  1. at a time when some colleges are barely hanging on to stay open…..good luck with that decision!

  2. My child is registered for the fall at one of the VT State Colleges and is adamant about not going if it is mandatory. One less tuition! And the VSCS thought they were in the hole before! One of the problems is that it’s not a true vaccine. It does not give immunity, it only lessens the effect. It’s just like the flu SHOT which is also not a vaccine. Let’s wake up and smell the coffee folks. This is still a free country, isn’t it??

  3. UVM has just issued a qualified statement about what will be required and what will not. The statement says vaxx will be required of students “once the emergency authorization is lifted” but that could be argued to mean once the shot has official FDA authorization, not its current Emergency status. Medical and religious exceptions are allowed, but the unvaccinated will be tested weekly. Visitors, speakers, staff, faculty, prospective students and their families are exempt, but must wear masks if unvaccinated. (Honor system, perhaps.) A long list of previously restricted or banned situations now return to “normal” August 2.

  4. Tell us the plan to compensate the students and faculty Family members that take these hokey pokey shots and die. Who is going to take the blame, or are you all going to just point your finger at some lame “scientific” study that you heard about?

  5. Gainesville, FL (June 16, 2021) – A group of parents in Gainesville, FL, concerned about potential harms from masks, submitted six face masks to a lab for analysis. The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria. No viruses were detected on the masks, although the test is capable of detecting viruses.

    The analysis detected the following 11 alarmingly dangerous pathogens on the masks:

    • Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)
    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)
    • Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)
    • Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)
    • Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics)
    • Escherichia coli (food poisoning)
    •Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)
    • Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)
    • Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires’ disease)
    • Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)
    • Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)

    Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria.

    One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria.

    One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens.

    In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.

    The face masks studied were new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11. One was worn by an adult. A t-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls. Proteins found on the t-shirt, for example, are not pathogenic to humans and are commonly found in hair, skin, and soil.

    A parent who participated in the study, Ms. Amanda Donoho, commented that this small sample points to a need for more research:

    “We need to know what we are putting on the faces of our children each day. Masks provide a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow.”

    These local parents contracted with the lab because they were concerned about the potential of contaminants on masks that their children were forced to wear all day at school, taking them on and off, setting them on various surfaces, wearing them in the bathroom, etc. This prompted them to send the masks to the University of Florida’s Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center for analysis.

    SIDEBAR: Israel sees probable link between the second vaccine dose and the onset of myocarditis among young men aged 16 to 30. This link was found to be stronger among the younger age group, 16 to 19, compared to other age groups. Pfizer vaccine was what was given there.

  6. These schools willing to accept the liability for any adverse reactions to an experimental drug?

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