By Kait Bedell – News Editor
Our knight in shining armor has arrived and it comes in a revolutionary syringe. Pfizer and Moderna have announced their COVID-19 vaccines are ready, and distribution has already begun.
To be blunt —and I know many disagree with me— the vaccine shouldn’t be required at Lasell. I’m as happy as the next person that there’s a possible solution to this earth-shattering pandemic, but there are still a lot of people uncertain about the vaccine. With time things will start to get better, but forcing students who are uncomfortable getting the vaccine into something they don’t want to do is only going to make the situation even more tense.
Some are eager to be first in line to receive the immunization while others fear the process was too rushed. As the rollout of the vaccine becomes more widely talked about, solutions are discussed such as a COVID-19 vaccine identification card.
Besides the fact that I don’t think students shouldn’t be required to get the vaccine, I.D. cards could also make the situation worse. Students will inevitably make fraudulent cards or use cards that don’t belong to them in order to go to certain events. This will put the public at greater risk as it will be harder to determine who is and is not safe.
Even if the required vaccination becomes reality, there’s no need for an I.D. card. When students are required by Lasell to receive certain vaccinations, their records are transferred directly to the school. If students fail to comply with the requirements, there is a freeze on their school accounts and they are confronted by health services. This is to prevent any students who are not up to date with their vaccinations from being on campus. Since everybody should already be vaccinated, no I.D.’s have ever been required. Why would it be any different now?
Most people want this to be over and think the vaccine is a step in the right direction, but our community must be smart about the approach we take. While I understand the intentions behind an I.D. card, I don’t think it is the solution to creating a safer environment at Lasell.