Written by Juan Sebastian Fragozo
Students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester at the University of San Diego will have to present proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to take in-person classes.
Not only does this decision undoubtedly infringe on the freedom of students to chose what they put in their bodies, but the university is mandating a vaccine that has not yet been fully approved by The United States Food and Drug Administration. The Covid-19 vaccines currently available are only authorized for emergency use, meaning they are essentially experimental.
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout throughout the United States has been strong thanks to former President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, but there are still things to take into account with regards to the process and how fast everything has been.
It normally takes years to develop vaccines and get the FDA’s approval. This because it takes time to see the full effectiveness and effects of a vaccine. Just this week, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said, “A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination.” With that in mind, it is understandable that some people will be apprehensive about getting the vaccine and clear that there are still unknowns about the shot.
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