A New Jersey student cannot pursue a higher education because he is not immunized against the deadly disease.
Logan Hollar is shocked by Rutgers University’s controversial decision to exclude him from online learning because he has not been vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party virus (COVID-19).
The psychology student believes he can safely continue to learn virtually, as he did throughout 2020. He enrolled to learn remotely because he lives in Sandyston, about 62 miles northwest of the New Brunswick campus.
Hollar claims he first learned about his suspension after failing to access his university email account. He contacted the technical support team to restore access but was told to be immunized otherwise he cannot receive emails and continue studies.
The student was dissatisfied with the response and filed an official complaint with the university. However, he was told the matter could take several weeks for a decision to be reached, meaning he would inevitably miss several classes starting from Sept. 1.
He claims he is aware of at least another student who is in a similar situation, and is considering to “seek to transfer to a different university.” He also does not consider himself to be in an “at-risk age group” since he is 22 years-old, and the number of deaths at that age are relatively low.
“I am healthy and I work out, I do not find COVID to be scary,” he said according to NJ.com. “If someone wants to be vaccinated that is fine with me but I do not think they should be pushed.”
Rutgers was one of the first universities in the United States to announce mandatory vaccinations for students and faculty members. The controversial move drew several protests that demanded individuals be allowed to make their own informed medical decisions.
More than 500 students peacefully gathered outside the university building during May. They claimed they were not against vaccines, rather the mandate that forces students to take the jab.
“I am against this mandate for several reasons: one because it is being used as a political tool in New Jersey and all over the nation,” protest organizer Sara Razi said according to News 12 New Jersey. “[The goal is] to bribe students into forcing themselves to get the vaccination, or to have an education and to get back to a normal life.”
The United States is a signatory to the Nuremberg Code of 1947, which sets out a number of international standards aimed at regulating human experimentation activities. Since the COVID-19 vaccine is still widely considered to be experimental, BL understands concerned citizens might use this code of ethics to try to stop history from repeating during the pandemic.
Namely, patients must give voluntary consent to participate in human experimentation. Individuals must not be exposed to any “fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.”
After World War II ended, the Nuremberg hearings revealed German Nazi doctors had forced or coerced prisoners of war and others into risky and even deadly human experimentation. This resulted in countless deaths.