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U-M Mandated Vaccines In July To Control Epidemic; They Didn’t

The University of Michigan ordered on July 30, 2021 that all students faculty, staff, and students at all campuses must be vaccinated, calling it the "primary and most effective tool" to bring COVID-19 under control.

While COVID vaccinations may benefit individuals, U-M’s case-number data does not appear to support the claim they are an effective tool for limiting its spread.

The campus vaccination rate in January 2021 was 0% and there were 625 student cases on campus that month. As of Jan. 18, 2022, the vaccination rate was 98% and there were already 1,769 student cases for the month, according to U-M’s. dashboard. The January 2022 case figures are preliminary and likely to increase, according to U-M.

Officials said the following in the university's July statement ordering vaccinations, which also applies to individuals who work or study remotely:

“Widespread vaccination is the primary and most effective tool that will bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and it is the key to a vibrant and engaging academic year.”

The university announced Dec. 17, 2021 it will also require COVID-19 booster shots by Feb. 4 at all campuses for all faculty, staff and students.

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