Emory University has launched a program to limit internet access for students who have refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the school said.
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The program is designed to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. School policy requires students and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and given a booster shot.
Students who did not receive three shots were told in February that their internet access would be limited or speeds slowed if they did not show they had the booster or if they requested a waiver from get vaccinated.
About 1,300 students had their Wi-Fi restricted around the week of March 14.
Emory’s executive director of COVID-19 response and recovery, Amir St. Clair, told Emory Wheel that about half of students who didn’t get the booster later got it or requested it. an exemption after the start of the program.
“Wi-Fi restrictions were a valuable compliance measure to help promote participation,” St. Clair said. “Our hope is that it will continue to have an impact.”
St. Clair told the website that if students submit proof of booster shots, their internet access should be restored within days.
Exemptions must first be reviewed and approved, St. Clair said, which can take seven to 10 days.
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