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The University of Notre Dame is telling students to get vaccinated for COVID. The Catholic university announced Wednesday all students returning to campus for the fall semester "are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19."
The full announcement on Notre Dame's website notes, "The university will accommodate documented medical or religious objections" — just like it does for other vaccinations.
Notre Dame is not alone in strongarming the COVID jab. Schools around the country are implementing similar policies — such as Cornell University in New York State, Rutgers University in New Jersey and Saint Edward's University in Austin, Texas.
This as the former head of Planned Parenthood explains promises of a return to normal should be used as an incentive for people to get vaccinated.
Former Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen: "And we need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life ... because, otherwise, if everything is reopened, then what's the 'carrot' going to be? How are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine?"
The COVID shots have become part of the culture war, as their development included testing with fetal cell lines derived from babies killed in abortion. But opponents of the COVID jabs also have doubts about safety and effectiveness.
On the safety front, many are afraid of potential side effects, citing the shorter testing phase for these rapidly developed shots.
European news anchor: "Now a senior official at the European Medicines Agency has said there is a link between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and blood clots."
In terms of effectiveness, reports around the country describe people catching COVID after getting vaccinated. In Michigan, this happened to 246 people in the span of three months, and Washington State saw more than 100 such cases in about two months.
Despite all this, there's talk about big corporations requiring employees to get the jab for the transition back to working in person. Legally, employers can require vaccination as a general rule. But most states in the union say there needs to be room for religious or medical exemptions.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki: "The government is not now nor will be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential."
The Biden administration has said it won't be forcing citizens to get vaccinated.
Psaki: "There will be no federal vaccinations database, no federal mandate requiring to obtain a single vaccination credential."
But if schools, airlines, retail outlets and employers all start requiring a vaccine passport, what the government does about it will be a moot point.