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Students of color exempt from Cornell's flu vaccine requirement 'based on historical injustices and current events'

As Twitchy reported Monday, CNBC ran a piece citing a labor attorney and a professor who said that your boss can fire you if you refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, just as they could fire you for refusing to take the flu vaccine. According to the piece, a company has a legal right to compel you to get vaccinated for COVID-19.


In an interesting twist, we’re learning from Campus Reform that minority students are being given an exemption from Cornell University’s flu vaccine requirement “based on historical injustices.”

Benjamin Zeisloft reports:

Students at Cornell University can use their status as a “person of color” to be exempt from the university’s flu vaccine requirement.

“Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events,” explains Cornell Health’s vaccine requirement FAQ.

“We recognize that, due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country, individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements,” explains the page. “For example, historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”

Therefore, the university understands why the vaccination requirement “may feel suspect or even exploitative” to some BIPOC students.


We’ve been led to believe you’re a grandma killer if you want to leave the house with your kids to get some fresh air. And we’re also being told people will be given a card to carry around in their wallet to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. Are people of color exempt from that as well due to historical injustices and current events?


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