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University Of Chicago Students Slam ‘Unethical’ Booster Mandate: ‘We Are Not Lab Rats’

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It appears that not all liberal colleges have completely lost their minds and that a few still practice common sense – at least that’s what the students at the University Of Chicago are demonstrating by speaking out against their school’s recent decision to mandate COVID-19 boosters for students ahead of their return to campus for the upcoming semester.

The editorial staff of The Chicago Thinker noted how the decision to mandate boosters for the school’s student body “is demonstrably unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary, inconsistent, and unethical.”

“UChicago claims to rely upon “expert” opinion in structuring its COVID regime. Yet, even advisory committees at the FDA and CDC initially declined to recommend the COVID booster for those under the age of 65.

The Editorial Board for the publication also argued that the vaccine currently available in the US, which is not the approved Comirnaty, remains under Emergency Use Authorization and is unethically being mandated:

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee made an official recommendation to approve Pfizer’s application for boosters only for those 65 and older and certain high-risk populations after rejecting, in a 16-2 vote, Pfizer’s application for broader approval for the general population. The committee cited a lack of data on potential adverse effects, particularly the risks of developing myocarditis and pericarditis. 

However, the FDA chose to cast aside this concern and granted “approval” anyways. ​​But even this “approval” is itself questionable. The FDA only granted approval to Comirnaty, a legally distinct version of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine that isn’t actually available in the United States. The version of the vaccine currently available in the US remains under Emergency Use Authorization, not formal approval”.

The board goes on to cite further adverse reactions in the article that have students terrified of being forced to get the booster shots including disruption to a woman’s menstrual cycle:

Meanwhile, a new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found a positive association between COVID vaccination and increased menstrual cycle length.

According to Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, “Nobody expected [the COVID vaccine] to affect the menstrual system, because the information wasn’t being collected in the early vaccine studies.” The study’s authors note that “questions remain about other possible changes in menstrual cycles, such as menstrual symptoms, unscheduled bleeding, and changes in the quality and quantity of menstrual bleeding.”

While the university has required students to submit proof of receiving a booster shot by Jan. 31, the school has exempted University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) employees from the mandates “because a significant number of doctors will resign if forced to get the jab,” as the editorial board explained. Clinically active faculty and staff within the school’s Biological Sciences Division are also exempt from the coercive mandate.

The Editorial Board also cited several other unethical and unsafe issues that have been documented regarding the covid-19 vaccine, but also highlighted the fact that they are not willing to be used as lab rats and demand an immediate end to the mandate:

We’ve become lab rats in a perpetual war against a glorified flu—and there’s no end in sight. UChicago continues to defy scientific and moral standards, dehumanizing us in the process. 

Clearly, this is not about saving lives. It’s about control. We will not be controlled. 

Our demands are as follows:

1. We demand that the University of Chicago withdraw its unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary, inconsistent, and unethical vaccine and booster mandates.  

2. We demand that the university name those responsible for creating and implementing its COVID decrees, especially with regards to vaccination. We also demand it name those responsible for reviewing and approving both medical and religious exemptions to vaccine and booster mandates.

3. We demand that the university make a public statement to all community members explaining why UCMC staff and BSD personnel are not required to receive boosters, but students and other university employees are. 

4. Lastly, we call on all members of our university community to fight back. This mandate is wrong. Do not allow University President Paul Alivisatos’s administration to pretend otherwise. 


The 2021-2022 Editorial Board of the Chicago Thinker:

Audrey Unverferth (Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, ’22)

Evita Duffy (Managing Editor, ’22)

Declan Hurley (Vice President, ’24)

Matthew Heck (Chief Newsletter Author and Senior Editor, ’22)

Chad Berkich (Senior Editor, ’24)

Sonni Fitzsimonds (Senior Editor, ’22)

Aidan Griffin (Senior Editor, ’23)

Eden Negussie (Senior Editor, ’24)

Mitchell Robson (Senior Editor, ’24)

Primary Author: Eden Negussie (Senior Editor, ’24)

PatriotOneNews.com has since reached out to members of the editorial board to further discuss the response that they’ve received regarding this article and are waiting to hear back.

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