An impressive “argument” for compulsory vaccination was reported again recently from the Biden USA: Shortly before the end of the semester, Cornell University from Ithaca in the democratically governed state of New York (notorious for its radical Covid and vaccination measures) was forced to close campus and take all upcoming final exams online. Reason for this is a extreme increase in Covid-19 infections – and that despite the vaccination rate among the people on the campus 97 percent (!) amounts to.
The teaching staff is 100 percent vaccinated, the rest of the workforce is 98 percent, and 99 percent are the students who have not yet completed their first degree. Last week there were still 469 Covid cases among the students alone – 214 of them tested positive for the first time. In this context, University President Martha E. Pollack referred to the Omikron variant, which had been identified in the most recent cases, even if only “with the first signs”. It is not entirely certain how high the omicron fraction is, as not all tests were sequenced.
All teaching and other events at the university have nevertheless been canceled, libraries and fitness facilities are closed, and visits to the university premises are almost completely prohibited. All students who tested negative in the 48 hours prior to the announcement were asked to take another test, and if possible, do not leave Ithaca until they received the result few social contacts to maintain. A real “sense of achievement” for those vaccinated, who have to feel a lot fooled – and, like everywhere else in the world, have to ask themselves why they were “immunized” in such an exemplary manner.
In New York State, the number of Covid infections is increasing rapidly overall, with the Omikron variant so far in only one percent of those infected in recent weeks was established. Worldwide, meanwhile, it has been shown that the variant seems to infect people who have been vaccinated with preference: This is also illustrated by the examples of “Superspreader”-Events among two to three times vaccinated. The course of the disease has so far been generally mild.