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 Editor Daniel 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.
> these shots cannot prevent transmission of the virus
This is a lazy interpretation of the article you linked. The vaccines are not 100% effective against transmission, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely ineffective. Not to mention the vaccine has continuously proven effective against severe infections.
Also, the article you linked at the end simply states that booster shots every 4 months are likely not helpful, but that doesn’t apply to every time interval. We get booster shots for many other diseases, from flu shots to Tdap to hepatitis to chickenpox, and all of these have been shown to work extremely well, there’s no reason to just assume covid is different. It might be, but we need time to determine whether or not that’s the case, and it’s why the university hasn’t committed one way or the other. There’s just no way you know better than people with PhDs in biochemistry and medicine when it comes to this issue.
Thank you for responding to a clearly unscientific article with reasonable remarks. (Note: When the argument comes before the evidence, and refuses to be flexible in the face of contradictory evidence, it is not science.)
I’m astonished by the trivializing of vaccine and booster concerns as being “sick and tired”, as if it’s only laziness or ignorance that causes hesitation. I’m 72, was in good health and conscientious about supporting my immune system. I wasn’t afraid of the virus but got the vaccine out of a sense of civic duty, had a severe reaction, was bedridden for 4 days and since then have suffered from intermittent heart palpitations, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. It’s appalling that information on potentially serious side effects is not only not taken into consideration when formulating policies, but apparently being actively ignored, denied and/or withheld.
Keep up the good work — from a proud grad of SSA!
The second amendment was written to protect against people and times like these. To the poster above, there is no reason to get a flu shot either.
This is an article about booster mandates at a university. Do you seriously expect students to organize an armed uprising to get out of having to get booster shots? Use your head, man.
Marko was probably thinking a little further down the road after you and your fellow students forfeited your discernment and critical thinking to the experts and surrender to fear. The mind trap is designed to lure you into believing that your actions (being compliant, masked, and boosted) are helpful and necessary to “keep everyone safe” yet you’ve been duped into being a enabler of a medical tyranny that will strip everyone of their rights, liberties, and means to make a living. This article doesn’t cover it, yet it concerns way more than booster’s at the university. Use your head, man.
I’m sorry but the leap from “UChicago/other universities are requiring students to get vaccines” to “UChicago is conditioning students to accept medical tyranny that will strip everyone of their rights and liberties to the point that they will need to take up arms against the state” sounds like nothing but delusional paranoia to me. Schools, employers, and other institutions have required vaccines for literally centuries. It is completely reasonable that they would do so again during the middle of a pandemic. This idea that academic/government bureaucrats are nefariously plotting to trick students into “surrendering to fear” or whatever is just so out of line with reality that I don’t know what else there is to say.
“There’s just no way you know better than people with PhDs in biochemistry and medicine when it comes to this issue.” So why think critically and problem solve when all we have to do is leave it up to the experts who did such a fantastic job in Illinois, California, New Jersey, and New York–you know, the states that were the most draconian and performed the worst. Regarding the “vaccines,” just wait for the fraud to be exposed. Just ponder and research all cause mortality numbers for 2021. The huge rise above the baseline can’t be ignored and it’s impossible to discount given the miracle “vaccines” safe and effective promise. The FDA, CDC, and politicians aren’t talking about it because they are part of the fraud. Serious credentialed people are being censored because an honest debate would blow up the scheme and the house of cards would come tumbling down. Watch and wait.
You’re so close. Maybe consider the fact that the vaccines were developed at the same time (and were in fact a response to) some kind of historical event that may have caused all-cause mortality to spike? Like, oh, I don’t know, a pandemic or something?
Science has been working on varied vaccines for decades and we get 3 for covid in 18 months???? The manufactures have criminal and civil immunity and most people are unaware of this. I am not buying a toaster without a warranty. You want to push this vaccine then do it honestly, have the prospective patient sign a release of liability and see how many still want the jab. I am not an anti vaxxer, my children have had vaccinations, but this is just very suspicious.
The reason the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines were developed so fast is because they’re the first ones based on mRNA. I’m not a molecular biologist but I have taken a few classes on the subject, and mRNA is much, much easier to develop and manufacture on a large scale than the viral proteins/actual viruses that go into most other vaccines. I also know it sounds scary to be injecting RNA into people but it doesn’t incorporate itself into DNA; that’s just not how RNA works in the cell. Once it’s in the cell, it goes to the ribosomes, gets turned into proteins, and then gets broken down for reuse just like any other piece of RNA. I understand being a little skeptical if you’re being told to inject some weird liquid if you don’t know what it does, but the fearmongering and outright lies I see on this site are way overblown.
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Do NOT TAKE ANOTHER SHOT! It will eat away at your IMMUNE SYSTEM. Every shot for Covid 19 ATTACKS your immune system. The people who are FORCING people (YOU) to take these shots are helping tp bring in the NEW WORLD ORDER. FACT! These people if male, are usually FREEMASONS & if female EASTERN STAR MEMBERS. Both organisations secretly worship Lucifer/ satan. FACT! These individuals will be given high paying jobs for forcing these vaccinations onto you. Look at Dr. Fauci. What a disgrace! He should be jailed & DE-REGISTERED as a Doctor. NATURAL IMMUNITY is by far the BEST way to combat this Covid 19. Especially for people your ages. Be STRONG YOUNG PEOPLE. BE BRAVE! BE WISE!
I think this is stupid of any school to take on this approach. I mean… People Choose where they go to College. It’s not like 12-K Where you are bound by districts or at least your own City or State. People can go to college anywhere in the world…So the College can Mandate all they want… Right into the poor house as people go Else where for Education. There are Lots of Options… If I was still in school.. The school that would get my Check would be the one letting me decide what goes into my body myself.
So… if they are really determined to have this Mandate… go to a different school and see how they react once they are losing their income.