U.S. universities are offering paid internships to students who promote vaccines to their peers on campus, Campus Reform reported.

This initiative is being promoted by several universities in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Youth Marketing Connection (YMC), and the American College Health Association (ACHA).

This program, called CoVAC, will select students to use social media and also in person to build confidence in the controversial experimental Covid vaccine and “fight” against misinformation on college campuses.

This program has been underway since June of this year. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced on July 8 explaining the CoVac initiative.

The publication is under the title “Student Internship Opportunity: CoVax Initiative with American College Health Association” in which they say they will hire “passionate student leaders at UNLV to serve as influencers and ambassadors.”

You can also read the following “Student influencer efforts will be focused on encouraging their peers to get vaccinated prior to the fall term beginning by using social media channels. Once students are back on campus, influencers and ambassadors will continue to promote vaccine confidence through social media and by hosting on-campus events.”

Participants in this initiative are offered cash pay and bonus opportunities.

Among the requirements asked of students who want to sign up are that they have to be active in social networks, be interested in social justice, science and public health, be social and have connections with organizations and clubs on campus, be enthusiastic, have experience in marketing and sales, and other requirements.

Those selected will have different responsibilities such as, advocating for the CoVAC initiative, reporting on the status of students on campus for the covid vaccine and more.

The American College Health Association has a CoVac initiative that goes beyond this student involvement, as it also has $3000 mini-grants for universities that want to market vaccines on their campuses.

Many universities are trying to force their students to get vaccinated so they can resume classes in the fall, but they are being met with demonstrations against them. 

There is the case of Rutgers University in New Jersey, one of the first major universities in the country to implement the so-called safety measure announced in March. The rule requires all students wishing to resume classes to be fully vaccinated. However, staff and faculty are not required to meet the same criteria.

The university’s initiative brought demonstrations on May 21, when several organizations objected to the measure. 

Among the nearly 500 protesters were students, parents, legislators and even 20 physicians.

Academic events organizer Sara Razi stressed that the demonstration was not opposed to vaccines, but to the university mandate that deprives students of their freedom to make their own medical decisions.

Razi believes the decision-making process about whether to take a vaccine is a “personal and a private choice.” She stressed educational institutions should respect each decision, especially when it comes to the experimental CCP virus vaccine.

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