Community colleges should not mandate vaccines


A coronavirus vaccine sign at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Central Immunizations Clinic in January. The coronavirus vaccine is now mandatory for all Defense department personnel, and sailors and Marines on active duty have 90 days to get fully vaccinated. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Erwin Jacob Miciano/U.S. Navy/TNS)

Antonio Gonzalez Jr, Staff Writer

Coercing students to get vaccinated violates the constitution. Therefore, community colleges should not mandate students to get vaccinated nor does anyone or any group. Not only does it violate the amendments, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has contradicted themselves on COVID-19 and the vaccines.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Nation Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, has made numerous changes about the vaccine. Fauci went from not needing a mandate on vaccines to everyone needing it and so more.

On Aug. 19, 2020 Dr. Fauci did an interview with Healthline in which he said, “They have every right to refuse the vaccine … If someone refuses the vaccine in the general public, then there’s nothing you can do about that, you cannot force someone to take a vaccine.”

So why ask for a vaccine mandate when the top expert for disease keeps changing his mind.

Are vaccines affecting the new Delta variant?

On Aug. 27, 2021 the CDC released a report of residents who are currently living in a nursing home. People who had two doses of mRNA had an effective rate of 74.7% but dropped to 53.1% on Aug 1st.

Is it even worth getting the vaccine despite numbers plummeting?

According to a study by the Mayo Clinic Healthy System, in July the effectiveness against stopping the delta variant was low. The Pfizer effectiveness dropped to 42% while the moderna went to 76%.

In California, some universities and Cal States are requiring students to have proof of being vaccinated in order to attend their school this fall. Now, community colleges are requiring students to be vaccinated as well.

Forcing students to get vaccinated is unconstitutional to the 1st and 10th amendment, but the 14th, in particular section one. Section one of the 14th amendment says, “No State shall make or enforce any law …” The state and school cannot decide on what a person should do, in specific, with their own body.

The 10th amendment states, “The powers … are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The state does not have the power as well to enforce a mandatory vaccination especially to those who do not want medical treatment.

Mandating students to get the vaccine is unlawful to the first amendment. Students cannot take the vaccine due to health issues or it’s against their religious beliefs.

So why not just transfer schools? Well, it’s harder than it sounds and in reality, not worth it.

The reason why students shouldn’t transfer schools is for the most obvious, you will lose some college credits that you’ve earned. Some units are not transferable to other colleges.

According to the Immunization Action Coalition, only eight states do not exempt vaccines based on religious beliefs in which California is one of them.

On Aug. 21, 2021 the University of Virginia disenrolled more than 200 students for failing to meet the vaccine requirements.

Now the best way to avoid a vaccine mandate is to vote for a new governor. Larry Elder will not break the constitution and rights.