Students at Harvard University will continue to be required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to register for the upcoming semester, the school has recently announced, joining 69 other schools around the country that still require the shot.
Students who fail to show approved documentation will be unable to sign up for classes, with the website warning that should they “fall out of compliance at any time for any of the required immunizations, registration holds will be automatically applied.”
Dr. Mary Talley Bowden, a practitioner in Texas and founder of Coalition of Health Freedom, told The Epoch Times that the COVID-19 vaccine is ineffective, but mandating medical procedures violates the student’s constitutionally protected rights.
“I am deeply concerned that a university once considered the best in the nation has adopted a policy that completely disregards the data showing the COVID shots do not prevent transmission,” said Dr. Bowden.
“Further, mandating the COVID shots violates human rights and discriminates against its students by setting rules that only apply to them, but not the entire campus.“
While students are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended but not mandated for the school’s faculty members or staff, according to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS).
Government officials began pressuring schools to push students to get the vaccine almost immediately after it hit the market.
ControversyHowever, the past two years have seen the COVID-19 vaccines become mired in controversy. The original COVID-19 vaccines were taken by more than 80 percent of Americans after officials pledged that the shots would effectively prevent contraction and stop the spread of the disease.
However, once it was revealed that the shots didn’t work as promised, interest in the subsequent booster decreased dramatically.
Lucia Sinatra, co-founder of No College Mandates, told The Epoch Times that the evidence shows that institutions of higher learning have turned their back on the scientific method.
“I can’t see how they can continue to justify a student-only mandate policy in the name of keeping the community safe,” said Ms. Sinatra. “There are such blinders on preventing any sort of open debate on what the actual data is showing that it is literally mind-blowing.
“It’s idiotic, and history will not reflect kindly on these elite institutions,” added Ms. Sinatra.
Dr. Bowden says momentum is growing, with over 17,000 physicians and scientists calling for COVID-19 shots to be pulled off the market.
However, to end the mandates would take a change in political leadership, according to Dr. Bowden, who helped form a political action committee—Americans for Health Freedom—dedicated to funding campaigns that support that cause.
“The pandemic was a stress test to our constitution, and we need our elected officials to step in and protect the people who elected them,” said Dr. Bowden. “Americans for Health Freedom is working to educate the public and support politicians who will fight for medical freedom.”