This week, the University of Chicago’s administration refused to confirm or deny in an email to the Chicago Thinker whether it will mandate additional COVID booster shots for the upcoming school year. While the administration is being non-committal about future COVID policy, one high-ranking UChicago health official is not. Emily Landon, a UChicago health bureaucrat and one of the architects of UChicago and Chicago city COVID policies, recently stated that perpetual booster shots should be as routine as taxes.
In a March 31st newsletter, UChicago News promoted a CBS Chicago article, captioning it “Assoc. Prof. Emily Landon discusses the need for future COVID-19 booster shots.” In the article, Landon advocated for perpetual booster shots, saying, “There’s a clear expectation on the part of most experts that we’re going to ask every American to get a booster dose in the fall.” If “the idea of regular vaccines creates friction in your household,” Landon suggested a potential ‘solution’:
“If you find yourself saying: ‘I can’t believe they’re asking me to get another stupid booster. When are they going to stop with this crap?’ [. . .] I think you need [to] take a little stock of where you are, and what luck you had, and what privilege you have to be in a place to say that about yourself.”
Landon later compared the booster shots to taxation (noncompliance with which is a jailable offense). “I’ve got a lot [of] empathy for being sick and tired about COVID. You can hate your taxes every year, but you’ve got to do them on April 15th,” she said.
The CBS Chicago article also cited Dr. David Agus of the University of Southern California, who contended that “This is going to be a regular cadence. Immunity will continue to go down, and we will need boosters, whether it be every 6 months or 12 months.” Agus provided no indication that this “regular cadence” should ever be ceased.
Thinker Senior EditorDaniel Schmidt previously observed that Landon has espoused a multitude of anti-science views despite her “expert” status within the university. Landon has publicly dismissed natural immunity, continued to push for cloth masks in spite of evidence suggesting their futility, and backed the forcible masking of unvaccinated children.
The Thinker reached out to the university requesting an official statement on Landon’s commentary in relation to UChicago COVID policy, given her significant role in crafting the university’s COVID rules:
On April 11, university spokesperson Gerald McSwiggan (who is still ignoring the Chicago Thinker’s request for comment on a discriminatory dining hall policy) responded, telling the Thinker, “You can find UChicago’s current policies on our COVID-19 vaccination website. The University has made no announcements on COVID-19 policies for the 2022-23 academic year.”
Despite mandating the original COVID vaccine series as well as a booster shot in a one-size-fits-all approach, UChicago has not eliminated COVID cases on campus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, perhaps the most infamous COVID bureaucrat, recently corroborated that COVID eradication will likely never happen at any level.
Nevertheless, UChicago’s administration has not rejected Landon’s unsubstantiated desire to vaccinate people against COVID in perpetuity.
Provost Ka Yee C. Lee stated in May 2021 that one of the goals of the university’s original vaccine mandate was to “help protect members of our community who are at the highest risk of developing serious disease from the virus.” Since these shots cannot prevent transmission of the virus, however, an explanation for endless booster shots for healthy students remains necessary.
The repetitive administration of booster shots is immunologically dubious, as it can lead to exhaustion of the immune system over time, weakening rather than strengthening those who receive additional shots.
Mitchell Robson is a Senior Editor for the Chicago Thinker. As a sophomore at the University of Chicago, he is majoring in Physics and Molecular Engineering. When not studying or doing work for the Thinker, you can probably find him shooting hoops, reading something by Ludwig von Mises, or cheering on the Patriots or Celtics.