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As the beginning of another academic year approaches under the cloud of COVID, the new question is, which colleges are requiring the vaccine? Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb puts Catholic colleges under the microscope.
The nation's top Catholic universities are among those institutions mandating the vaccine for new and returning students. The Chronicle of Higher Education has been compiling data about which institutions are requiring the vaccine.
Church Militant's analysis of the data shows right at 50% of the institutions voluntarily reporting their vaccine policy for the fall are private. Of those private institutions, roughly 20% are Catholic.
All of the most prestigious Catholic institutions are requiring students to take the experimental drug: Boston College, Creighton, Fordham, Georgetown, the Loyolas (Chicago, Maryland, New Orleans) and Notre Dame. The trend is troubling given recent evidence the so-called vaccine can cause heart inflammation in men under 30.
Students can request a religious or medical exemption. But students who aren't vaccinated may face a variety of restrictions.
Parent of a Notre Dame student: "The way that students were treated in the second semester at Notre Dame was very authoritarian, especially different for students that had not been 'vaxxed.'"
Most of the schools requiring the vaccine are clustered on the east and west coasts in blue states, suggesting the mandates are more about politics than science. You can check the map on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website. A subscription is free.