Emory University has launched a program to restrict internet access for students who have refused to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, the school said.
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The program is designed to encourage students to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. School policy requires students and teachers to have a COVID-19 vaccination and a booster vaccination.
Students who had not received three vaccinations were told in February that their Internet access would be limited, or speed would decrease if they did not show they had the booster or applied for a waiver from getting the shot.
By the week of March 14, about 1,300 students had Wi-Fi restrictions.
The Executive Director of Emory’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery, Amir St. Clair, told the Emory Wheel that about half of the students who didn’t have the booster then either got it or applied for an exemption after the program started.
“The Wi-Fi restrictions were a valuable compliance measure to encourage participation,” said St. Clair. “We hope it will continue to have an impact.”
St. Clair told the website that if students provide proof of booster vaccination, their Internet access should be restored within a few days.
Exemptions must first be reviewed and approved, St. Clair said, which can take seven to 10 days.
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