Cornell’s New Campus Mandate

At Cornell University, leadership announced that all staff and students are going to be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to campus in the fall.

University President Martha Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced via a press release that Cornell would be the next institution to set up a return to campus contingent upon receiving their vaccination.

“With the recent announcements of expanded vaccine eligibility in New York and other states, and increasing vaccine production, it is likely that all members of our community will be able to obtain vaccination sometime this spring or summer,” the email reads. “Accordingly, Cornell intends to require vaccination for students returning to Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester.”

Exemptions to this vaccine contingent will be made for individuals with religious and medical exemptions, the New York Post reports.

The university believes that the vaccination efforts will let the school return to in-person classroom instruction, however, it did not talk about whether in-person learning will require staff and students to follow a facemask mandate.

Back on March 25, Rutgers University, located in New Jersey, announced that it would be the first school to require the vaccination of students and staff, and it is expected that more universities will follow the example.

The announcement from Cornell University follows a release from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In the release, Cuomo stated that residents above the age of 16 will be eligible for the vaccine beginning April 6.

Cuomo, also, announced that New Yorkers will be required to show “vaccine passports,” that show proof of the holder’s receipt of the Covid-19 vaccine, to reintegrate into society. This pass named the “Excelsior Pass,” went live back on April 2.

The Daily Wire Reported:

“‘Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app,’ said a press release about the program. ‘Each pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.'”

The Biden administration is supposedly in works on a nation-wide COVID-19 vaccine passport while coordinating with businesses that have indicated that they will require proof of vaccination for people to enter their business.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, one state has outlawed the use of a vaccine passport. This past Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that he had pushed through an executive order that banned “vaccine passports” in the state.

“Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports,” DeSantis Tweeted. “The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon.”

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