Pace says it's mandating shots so fall is like pre-pandemic times, but some students aren't sold

Pace University is one of a growing number of colleges requiring a COVID-19 vaccination to attend classes in the fall, but not every student is on board.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2021, 1:04 AM

Updated 1,088 days ago

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Pace University is one of a growing number of colleges requiring a COVID-19 vaccination to attend classes in the fall, but not every student is on board.
Some students are saying no to the campus' shot requirement, while others are making the point that college vaccine mandates are nothing new across New York. State law has long required students to get vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella before going on campus.
Pace says it wants to mandate the shot so the fall semester is more like pre-pandemic times.
Infectious disease experts say it's a good idea because not only did college students drive cases early in the pandemic, but a mandate will help protect those students who can't get a shot for medical or religious reasons and will reduce the chance of a dangerous variant spreading.
A nursing student told News 12 that she'll drop out because of the issue.
“It’s not like we’re saying we’re not going to get it ever, because I do believe in vaccines. I’ve had all my other vaccines. But they have been around for longer,” says Pace University nursing student Julianna Veca. “I don’t think it’s fair that they’re going to make us get something we’re not ready to take yet.”
Veca created a petition, which several hundred people have signed.
While Pace students who learn remotely won't have to get a shot, Veca says her nursing classes may have to be in person - so she'll have to drop out of the school she was so excited to attend just a year ago.


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