Cal Poly’s booster mandate goes too far

December 23, 2021

OPINION by BEN DI GUGLIELMO

In another step signaling the university’s commitment to endless COVID-19 mandates, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo has officially required that all eligible students, staff, and faculty take a booster shot, or else be considered “unvaccinated.”

At 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, Cal Poly sent a university-wide email addressing the updated COVID policy going into winter quarter. The email stated that, contrary to many public universities in California, Cal Poly will not begin the winter quarter in an online format, and instead will carry on with in person classes and an updated COVID policy. Rather than teaching remote, the new policy will require that all eligible students take a booster shot.

Besides increasing Pfizer’s market cap, the booster shot requirement seems to serve very few purposes. The university cites the “Omicron” variant as the reason for the updated policy, despite the fact that by all available evidence the Omicron variant is no more severe, and is likely less deadly than the Delta variant.

So why, in the absence of a more severe or deadly strain of COVID, is Cal Poly mandating that students take three shots within a single year for a disease that poses very little risk for young and healthy people? Cal Poly claims that students must take their booster shots in order to “protect their community,” despite the fact that the evidence of vaccines slowing community transmission is inconclusive at best.

So when does it end?

If Cal Poly needs so little scientific evidence to mandate yet another shot, is there any point where the mandates will stop? Or will it become the case that in order to attend this university you need to take three vaccines every single year for a virus that poses very little threat to the young and healthy? Will a student who enters Cal Poly as a freshman have to get a total of 12 COVID shots in order to graduate? Will a professor who works at Cal Poly his entire life have to take 120 COVID shots to finish his career?

This policy is an obvious misstep, the students and faculty are smart enough to see the writing on the wall, the booster mandates will never end. According to the email, as of Jan. 20, 80% of all students will be considered “unvaccinated” if they do not take a booster shot before then. This will continue indefinitely. No student, staff, or faculty member, will ever be longer than sic months away from being considered “unvaccinated.” Everyone who did what they were supposed to by getting their two shots will be “unvaccinated” if they refuse to get a third. Everyone who does what they are supposed to by getting three shots will be “unvaccinated” if they refuse to get a fourth, or a fifth, tenth, twentieth, or hundredth shot.

No student will be more than six months away from potentially being barred from campus, and no staff or faculty member will ever be more than six months away from potentially losing their job. This is the world of unscientific and barbaric vaccine mandates.

Ben Di Guglielmo, 18, is an incoming freshman at Cal Poly. Di Guglielmo grew up in Riverside and graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School earlier this year.


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Ben Daho

Before I even read the comments, I automatically know where the up votes and the down votes will be based on obvious political sides. Period. No amount of data, facts, or evidence will matter. Now Trump is praising the vaccine and gets booed. In 2022 at the same pace we’re at, 1 million people will have died. One million. If those deaths were due to polio, stabbing from illegal aliens, blm protests etc. there’d be 1,000 trucks driving from PASO TO S.M.


I just watched a Antivax woman pretend she was magnetized by meeting with a vaxed friend. The brass pieces didn’t stick to her hands, just her attention starved breasts. Even though brass is non ferrous, the evil vaccine changed its metallic compound to become magnetic. In the Military we got shots. Not a single person in recorded history that I’m aware of asked what was in it?


In Templeton, a very popular coach died from Covid. Somebody gave him the virus and he died but no one will step up and admit they were the ones that carry the virus to him and took his life. This is a deadly contagious virus. All the kings horses and all the kings men will not put you together again if you die. And if you get sick and you don’t die you obviously are spreading the virus because it’s not a one-way process. If you got the virus from someone chances are before the virus was completely eradicated from your system you passed it on to someone else. If you’re vaccinated the opportunity for the virus to grow is diminished exponentially. Quit being selfish people. I keep seeing people talking about being a patriot and freedom but won’t move a single finger to help their fellow countrymen. That’s pretty sad and it’s a shame. And the guy that wrote the article isn’t even old enough to drink but man what an opinion he’s gathered from all of his “research.”


Grow up, get vaccinated and help your country overcome this killer.


kettle

Candace Owens: And yet more people have died under COVID this year, by the way, under Joe Biden than under you. And more people took the vaccine this year, so people are questioning how —

Trump: Oh, no. The vaccine worked. But some people aren’t taking it. The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine.


But its still their choice, and if you take the vaccine, you’re protected. Look the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.” Donald Trump


Adam Trask

Before entering kindergarten, public school students are “mandated” to have been vaccinated for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, hep B and varicella (chickenpox). Along with that is now the COVID19 vaccinations.


I just don’t get your point. But I do know Cal Poly is well within its prerogative to do whatever it takes to protect students and staff. If that means a booster shot, then either get it or transfer to a college in another part of the country where they could give a rip about your well being.


derasmus

Two things:


1. The vaccines you mention are true “vaccines” in the strict, historical use of the term as they prevent not reduce infection, for a period of several months.


2. Those vaccines you mentioned are not repeated every 6 months. While it is too early to tell if that will be the case with Covid, it appears from listening to Fauci and others that getting boosted every 6 months MAY become the new normal. Therefore you make a reasonable point but your example, while a little similar, is not a tight analogy.


ddc1983

Another issue is that the mandate is to get the booster as soon as they are eligible… there’s no “grace period.” So at exactly the 6 month mark, they have to get the booster or else be considered “unvaccinated.” But if they get it earlier than 6 months, they are going against the CDC recommended interval… so it’s a catch-22. Also, the 6 month booster interval is obviously an arbitrary amount of time—but the CSU-mandated booster interval is treating it like the timing is critical, as if the first 2 doses “expire” at the 6 month mark.


kettle

“the 6 month booster interval is obviously an arbitrary amount of time”


It’s amazing that Side_Show_Bob and ddc1983, both medical experts with year’s of training have arrived to back up Ben, who is barely old enough to drive.


Next up: proving all that racist history stuff is fake and the plot behind all the free stuff.


/s


CHnemo

You are either part of the problem or part of the solution, you are part of the problem!


kettle

problems.


“Your tax dollars are being used to fund a widespread indoctrination effort of racist and un-American ideas in the youth, all while they politely shuffle you into the other room so you remain blissfully unaware.” Ben Di Guglielmo, 18, is an incoming freshman at Cal Poly.


Cmonnow

The “dude” definitely has a point. Unfortunately for him its not in lockstep w/ the state and fed govt. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there was some other benefit for the university (other than ensuring those poor students are protected) attached to this latest in a long line of “mandates” Or as my personal preference is, itdates.


Side_Show_Bob

This young man “Gets it!”


There will be no end to this ridiculous mandating. Becoming even more ridiculous if you delve deeply into what’s happened in South Africa and now, the UK. Again, those of us that have natural immunity from past infection are still being thrown under the bus and again, more and more studies are coming through showing that we are likely to have the best and a lifetime worth of protection. Of course, crickets coming from the corrupt MSM.


chatterbox

You might be right. Buy at this point, it’s speculation.


LAPS

Dude, grow up.


MrYan

You could choose to go to Cal Poly Pomona instead of SLO if the rules are too severe for you.


kettle

Florida even.


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