In response to COVID-19, Cornell University requires that students returning to campus must receive a flu shot.
That’s not a type-o: they want you to have a flu shot… to battle Covid.
Obviously the flu shot doesn’t protect you from COVID-19. But hey, this isn’t the first COVID response that makes absolutely no sense.
But it does indicate that Cornell, and other universities, might require students to receive a COVID vaccine when they become widely available.
In fact, in its “Behavioral Compact” which Cornell forced students to agree to before returning to campus, the very first line states,
“Until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19, we live in a world of significantly enhanced community and personal health risks.”
The compact goes on to explain how everyone has a responsibility to adhere to the safety requirements, not just for themselves, but to keep the entire community safe, especially those most at risk.
And this, apparently, means requiring that everyone have a flu shot.
Well, not quite everyone:
The university will be happy to exempt Black, Ingenious, and People of Color (BIPOC) from the flu shot mandate.
Cornell’s website states that “due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country,” the university understands that these “requirements may feel suspect or even exploitative” to BIPOC people.
For example, “Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”
And to be clear, Cornell’s claim is 100% true.
The Tuskegee syphilis experiments come to mind, in which the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control pretended to treat black subjects for syphilis from 1932-1972.
In reality the government was studying the progression of untreated syphilis, allowing the black subjects to be killed slowly and painfully, while spreading the disease.
The whole experiment was a disgusting lie that turned its subjects into unwitting lab rats.
The website continues:
“At the same time, we know that long-standing social inequalities and health disparities have resulted in COVID-19 disproportionately affecting BIPOC individuals. Higher percentages of individuals from these communities become infected with COVID, and the health outcomes related to infection are often more serious.”
So, to summarize:
– Cornell mandated the flu shot to keep the most vulnerable people safe from COVID.
– BIPOC people are among the most vulnerable.
– Therefore Cornell exempted BIPOC people from the flu shot.
MAKES PERFECT SENSE!
You’d think that if the flu shot truly were necessary to keep people safe, then Cornell would demand that EVERYONE take the shot.
You can’t have it both ways. Either the flu shot is critical and necessary to protect the most vulnerable, or it’s not.
And if it is critical, then why would Cornell allow the most vulnerable to slip through the cracks?
And if the university does not believe the flu shot is critical, then why subject anyone to the requirements?
Also– why are BIPOC people the only ones who are allowed to not trust the medical establishment?
I seem to remember a certain Dr. Fauci admitting that he lied at the beginning of the pandemic, when he told people that masks would not help slow the spread of COVID-19. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the lies and coverup from the World Health Organization.
So haven’t we all been lied to, at least by certain key figures in the medical establishment, about COVID?
But if you’re not BIPOC, you’re apparently not allowed to have a different opinion, express skepticism, or raise any concerns at all.
The irony here is that Cornell is supposed to be a UNIVERSITY after all.
So if they really feel that a flu shot is critical and necessary to protect vulnerable people in their community, perhaps they might try EDUCATING their students about why they believe this is an appropriate public health policy, as opposed to coercing certain ethnic groups, while exempting others.
Don’t worry, Cornell addresses that too: “we understand that someone may know the science and still feel distrusting of health care and may have addition (sic) questions.” [note the grammatical error from one of the nation’s top universities.]