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Emory University Restricts Wi-Fi for Students Non-Compliant with COVID-19 Booster Mandate


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Atlanta’s Emory University has reportedly restricted about 1,300 students’ Wi-Fi because of failure to comply with the school’s COVID-19 booster requirements, according to Executive Director of Student Health Services Sharon Rabinovitz.

The restrictions started around the week of March 14th and caused students’ Wi-Fi to slow down and blocked access to nonacademic sites such as social media and video games.

The restricted Wi-Fi access caused over half of the impacted students to either submit proof of inoculation or request an exemption, Executive Director for COVID-19 Response and Recovery Amir St. Clair said.

“The Wi-Fi restrictions were a valuable compliance measure to help promote participation,” St. Clair said in admission to the immoral coercion tactic.

“Our hope is that it will continue to have an impact.”

The Emory Wheel reported:

About 94.6% of students and 91% of faculty and staff have reported being up-to-date on their vaccinations, meaning they have the initial two vaccinations and the booster shot if they are eligible, according to the University’s COVID-19 dashboard. That’s up from March 19, when 90.2% of students and 89.9% of faculty had reported being up-to-date.

St. Clair added that if students submit their proof of booster vaccination, their Wi-Fi should be restored in a few days. However, exemptions have to be reviewed and approved first, which can take seven to 10 days.

Students who did not comply with January’s booster vaccine deadline received notice about Wi-Fi restrictions in February, according to St. Clair. He noted that other disciplinary actions may be taken in the future.

Like Stanford University, Emory’s medical fascism appears linked to funding received for vaccine research.

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“Emory is expected to continue to rank first among universities in the state for NIH’s COVID-19 research funding,” the university stated on its website.

COVID-19 funding made up 12 percent of the year’s total research funding, and rose by almost a third over the previous year. Aided by researchers at the Emory Vaccine Clinic and its clinical arm, The Hope Clinic, the NIH-funded Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium, with leadership at Emory, has become a pivotal network for evaluating vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus. Emory has been involved in testing all three vaccines that are currently in use.

“The contributions of Emory researchers in addressing the pandemic, including work on new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapies and vaccines and in defining the health inequities magnified by the pandemic, have been exceptional. The funding is a reflection of the national and global impact of these investigators” says David S. Stephens, vice president for research of WHSC.

The bulk of Emory’s 2021 funding came from federal agencies, which contributed $598 million to the university.

Cont. from Emory News Center:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) led the sector with $526 million to tap into Emory’s long and deep expertise in infectious diseases, bacterial resistance, cancer, and the neurosciences. The other top sources of federal funding were the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. This year, Emory also won its highest ever awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



 

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