The University of Oregon (UO) is one such college that saw COVID-19 cases rise among fully vaccinated students. Aisha Ghorashian, a senior at the university, told NPR: "You feel the stress on campus. People, I think, don't feel safe. You see that double masking and those N95 [masks] that I've never seen people wear before."
Despite UO's student body having a vaccination rate of more than 96 percent, the university still reported 960 COVID-19 infections in the first week of January 2022. This coincided with students returning to campus for in-person classes.
Several colleges and universities also reported spikes in infections in the first week of the spring semester. The University of Georgia reported almost a thousand positive cases on campus. Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, meanwhile, reported 1,196 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Dartmouth senior Sophia Kriz told NPR that she is worried that the steady rise of COVID-19 infections on campus could shut down the semester. "It sort of feels like we're in a state of limbo. We're all on campus, but we're all just waiting to hear how things are going," she said. "All I can do from there is just hope that things get a little more normal."
According to NPR, colleges are some of the most vaccinated places in the United States. It cited a study by the COVID States Project, which said that 74 percent of college students were injected with the COVID-19 at least once as of September 2021, compared to 54 percent of the general population.
Despite omicron hitting fully vaccinated people, the mainstream media claims the resumption of in-person learning in the spring semester is to blame for the infection. According to the College Crisis Initiative, only 14 percent of colleges started the semester online. Before the COVID-19 vaccines were developed, about 40 percent of colleges began their semesters virtually. (Related: Omicron COVID variant found ONLY in fully vaccinated.)
NPR also mentioned the different protocols colleges have implemented to address the spike in infections. Dartmouth has required all students to get a COVID-19 booster shot by the end of January 2022. The New Hampshire-based college has also implemented weekly COVID-19 testing and moved most social activities online. Face-to-face classes remain, however.
Others have resorted to emergency measures. Some schools are now tapping hotels to house COVID-positive students.
One educational institution in Los Angeles opted for a more radical measure – "isolating" unvaccinated students behind tape barriers. L.A.-based New West Charter School (NWCS) confirmed on Jan. 18 that it had segregated a group of students who did not receive the vaccine. The school claimed that the cordoned-off students were conducting a sit-in protest against the charter school's vaccine mandate.
The six students who did the sit-in were not even allowed to use the bathroom. NWCS also allegedly threatened to suspend the unvaccinated students for turning down the COVID-19 shot.
According to a statement from the charter school, it had implemented a vaccine mandate for students – with a compliance rate of 96 percent. The six students who were cordoned off "did not follow the new [vaccination] policy" and "still attempted to participate in classes," leading NWCS to ask them to leave the campus. The unvaccinated students refused to do so and instead did the sit-in.
Watch the video below of high school students standing up to mask mandates.
This video is from the Self-Government channel on Brighteon.com.
Outbreak.news has more about COVID-19 infections in fully-vaccinated educational institutions.