By John and Andy Schlafly
Despotic, taxpayer-funded universities have seized upon a new way to abuse their power: mandatory vaccination for students. Many universities are requiring that all students take the controversial Covid vaccination or not return to campus.
Universities are pockets of totalitarianism accountable to no one, opposed to genuine liberty as they are to Donald Trump. Political correctness started and thrives at universities.
Requiring vaccination of all students is popular among university administrators, who sometimes exempt faculty. Colleges copy each other in demanding that every student be vaccinated against Covid with virtually no exceptions.
In Florida, the pro-Trump Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a ban against Covid vaccine mandates, and a university there has since reversed its requirement. But college students elsewhere must either roll up their sleeves for shots or face expulsion.
A protest is scheduled for this Friday at Rutgers University, which is the large state college in New Jersey imposing mandatory vaccination. Young people have little to fear from Covid, while having many good reasons to fear adverse effects from a Covid vaccine.
The rock star Eric Clapton described his injuries from the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. “Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again.”
“I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now,” Clapton wrote. He complained that "the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone.”
Late last year Clapton was reviled for collaborating on a song against the lockdowns, entitled “Stand and Deliver.” In another song Clapton asks, “Where have all the rebels gone? Hiding behind their computer screens. Where’s the spirit, where is the soul?”
Mercifully, mask mandates are ending in most regions of the United States, but not all. In New Jersey, the Leftist Governor Phil Murphy continues to compel the wearing of masks, and little schoolchildren must wear masks there despite the potential psychological harm.
Other countries have overcome Covid without the lockdowns and mask mandates, and conservative states like Florida and Texas which have ended their mandates are thriving. Even liberal New York and California have or will soon be dropping their mask mandates.
Apparently all the lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccination have failed to defeat this pandemic in the United States. Our Covid casualty rates exceed that of most other, poorer countries, which eschewed a totalitarian approach.
Despite the vaccination hoopla, the U.S. military is not requiring vaccination of servicemen. While Delta Airlines announced that it is requiring vaccination of new hires, it is not demanding vaccination of current employees, and many employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decline to take the vaccine themselves.
Vaccination tyranny emanates from the CDC and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has long prohibited effective promotions of vitamins while imposing far more costly vaccines of every unproven variety imaginable. Before Covid, the CDC has been causing senseless vaccination of newborns and schoolchildren against Hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted adult disease.
Physicians are encouraged never to admit that a vaccine causes an adverse effect, even when the temporal connection is too obvious to deny. A physician can be disciplined by his state medical board if he ever attributes the cause of death of an unborn child or infant to vaccination.
No testing of these Covid vaccines has been done on pregnant women, and yet more than half of the college students being ordered to receive the Covid vaccine are in their prime childbearing years. Legal accountability caused by this mass vaccination is shielded by law, so there is unlikely to be any recourse for those harmed.
Meanwhile, the B.1.617 coronavirus variant is reportedly sweeping India now, and it turns to early treatment by hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to curb this new pandemic. India produces most of the world’s vaccines but declines to require them of her own people.
One reason is that there is no way to know yet if the Covid vaccines work against all the variants. Building immunity to disease and ensuring access to early treatment when there is contagion is a remedy that applies equally to all variants, unlike the vaccines.
More than 30% of Americans remain skeptical of the Covid vaccines, and many plan not to receive it. Ohio has turned to using its lottery to induce more to be vaccinated, while Walmart is offering cash payments to employees.
Anthony Fauci and other officials should have known that many Americans would decline to be vaccinated, and that this approach was headed for a brick wall. The taxpayer-funded oversupply of Covid vaccines is being exported now to foreign countries, where many people there do not want them either.
John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.
These columns are also posted on pseagles.com.