1. By the spring semester I will have completed nearly all of my classes for my degree. Will I be able to receive a exemption or be forced to decide between finishing a degree I have sunken thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours into and getting a experimental vaccine?

  2. I stand with anyone who is naturally feeling reluctant about these new vaccine requirements. While I certainly believe the vaccine can be and is beneficial to many I am somewhat perturbed by the fact that this otherwise personal, medical decision that by no means should be taken lightly is almost being forced upon me and many others in order to continue our pursuit of knowledge and education.
    My decision to get vaccinated is something I must carefully consider and I must admit that this requirement fills me with more reluctance than I previously had. I am still debating if and when I will get it, but I just feel like this is kind of out of character for a school that is otherwise so accepting and understanding. I understand that this issue is a medical topic, but that does not mean that it isn’t debatable. Certainly, many can understand the reluctance of myself and many others. I’d like to say that I am doing and will continue to do my research, but I would like to make this decision on my own terms. The fact that I feel like my pursuit of knowledge is at risk despite the fact that I have a 4.0 GPA and am enjoying every second of the valuable time spent here at SLCC fills me with great fear and sadness…
    In regards to my personal experience, I simply do not understand why this is necessary. I am an online student and have been since I started pursuing academics here at SLCC, I have been on campus one time in two years and have done my best to socially distance myself and wear a face covering out of the consideration for others. If necessary I would gladly submit to regular testing, I would also be willing to test myself and provide proof of negative before coming on campus. Given that many people have contracted the virus or are indeed vaccinated, we are beginning to pull ourselves out of this crisis. I don’t see why proof of negative wouldn’t provide the same functional purpose as the vaccine in regards to reducing the spread of COVID-19. I admit, negative tests are certainly not as timely, and are far from fool-proof, there is certainly more risk involved with a negative test than a vaccine. But for someone who visits the campus as little as myself, does this not seem like a viable option for myself and many others who are pursuing academics in a similar fashion? I ask you to please take into consideration other options regarding this requirement, there can be an adequate balance between public health and safety and personal choice. I hope that we can come together and have some productive discussions regarding both the vaccine and the potential requirements surrounding it. I just feel like this line is a hard one to draw on an issue that certainly shouldn’t be as polarizing as it has become, but definitely is to a number of people. I look forward to continuing my academic career at SLCC and I am hopeful that we can continue to promote knowledge and understanding on terms that are fair and beneficial to all. – Charles.

  3. Either the vaccine is effective, or it is not.
    If the vaccine were effective, then vaccinated students would not need to worry about the vaccination status of fellow students, teachers, or faculty because their acquired immunity should protect them from infection.
    If the vaccine is not effective, as Huftalin implies by stating that those “choosing not to be vaccinated” are “putting *others* at risk,” then they are mandating an unproductive solution.
    Why mandate a vaccine that they do not have faith in protecting those that have already received it?

  4. Yeah I don’t understand how they make those of us who chose to not be vaccinated look so selfish. What about the unknown risks of the vaccine? I will be dropping out of college before I get vaccinated, especially because I’ve been online 100% for the last year. This obviously isn’t about people’s safety, it’s about conforming and control. Taking classes over the computer doesn’t put anybody at risk.

  5. President Huftalin said, “I just worry that some folks that are choosing not to be vaccinated are really putting others at risk. That doesn’t seem fair to me.” If someone is vaccinated, how are they at risk? I choose to not get vaccinated and it seems that I’m at risk, not those who are vaccinated. I’m being told that I can’t finish my certification because I choose to not get vaccinated. Do I have the option to take my classes online? It sounds like I can’t even register for classes if I’m not vaccinated. I hope the president can come up with some clear answers. My future is at stake.

    • Hey Tori,

      A few things to consider: First, each individual contribute to the collective health of that community, and the more unvaccinated people there are, the higher chance this virus has to spread, and the more a virus spreads, the more breakthrough cases against people who are vaccinated will occur. Secondly, there are people that go to the college that can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19. The first example that comes to mind is the daycare at the South City campus. Others may be allergic to vaccinations as well., and not getting vaccinated when you have that capability will put those people at risk.

      In President Huftalin’s email, she said she is considering exceptions for medical, religious, or personal reasons, though no official statement on that matter has been made. For more answers on exceptions to being vaccinated, contact Laney Marcella 801-957-4244 or laney.marsella@slcc.edu

      • Morgan, you along with Huftalin, Fauci, and Biden seem to be disregarding the lived experience of the millions of us who have already contracted the virus, had symptoms ranging from nothing noticeable to a bad cold or flu, recovered, and now benefit from natural antibodies as good, if not better than those resulting from vaccination.
        Many of us choose not to take the vaccine for the same reason we don’t get a flu shot after already recovering from the flu, but still emphatically support the option but not the mandate for others to receive the vaccine if they want to. I supported and encouraged my own father, an elderly man with COPD from decades of smoking, when he got vaccinated.
        No amount of vaccination will eradicate common cold and flu virus that have always and will continue to mutate and adapt to our immune systems. A more effective strategy would be to prioritize vaccination for the most susceptible, as we have done, rather than mandate everyone else use up this resource regardless of previous infection and immune response.
        Many of us are eagerly awaiting the appearance of the promised exemption forms.


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