The Miami Student Editorial Board is calling on university officials to remove the conscientious objection from the vaccine mandate policy.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been fully Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for more than 24 hours, and despite Miami’s COVID-19 website stating the university would be prepared to mandate vaccination once it achieved this status, officials have been silent.
Not only was this choice a complete disregard of people’s lived experiences, but it shows that for the Lecture Series, a documented past of sexual harassment is not a nonstarter.
While we are endorsing Petrella and Pal in this election, we do not believe they are perfect, or that they have everything figured out.
Look, it’s not like it’s a bad thing to have students who come from money. But, when you have a lack of balance between students from different economic backgrounds, that’s when you start to create an exclusive and problematic environment for students.
It’s surface level, ineffective and uncomfortable. The ideal way to move forward would be to stop with the cards, continue with consistent testing and come up with a better way to keep professors and students feeling safe