When Fox News needs someone to complain about vaccine mandates, of course a law student at ASSLaw — that’s George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, for the uninitiated — is willing to step up and oblige.
See, George Mason University recently amended their existing vaccination requirement to include boosters. Unfortunately for the university, the law school there was rebranded as a right-wing incubation center. As such, an aspiring right-wing pundit decided to use this opportunity to further his personal brand. ASSLaw student Robert Fellner appeared on The Ingraham Angle to mouth off about boosters:
“It’s very ironic,” he explained. “It was in my torts class where I learned the importance of having free and voluntary choice and informed consent. So when I got this letter from the president, I thought it was a pop quiz.”
LOL, it was a pop quiz, and you failed. We all know that, despite the Supreme Court’s current bid to usurp power from the legislative and executive branches of government, universities are able to require vaccinations, something that’s repeatedly been upheld by this very Court.
And, more to the point, GMU has already had a COVID vaccine mandate in place. Yes, their policy has evolved to include a booster shot now that the coronavirus has also evolved. This isn’t weird or strange or a violation of your rights. Plenty of vaccines require boosters — MMR, Tdap, hepatitis A and B to name a few. But where most people see science at work, Fellner see an opportunity for outrage.
“It’s clear it’s a net harm to force them to get a third,” he said. “To see the administration exploit that power imbalance and leverage that against these students who were denied a free choice to me is just indefensible.”
That’s a… curious take. But don’t worry, there’s no actual warrant as to why Fellner was okay with the initial vaccination doses, but the booster is over the line.
“What they’re doing here is they’re preventing students from being able to make a free choice,” he said. “To me, it’s just incredibly unethical.”
Wanna know what is actually unethical? Using a deadly disease to get on television to cosplay as a freedom fighter, but I digress.
Listen, no one WANTS to live during a plague, but, alas, here we are. The science is clear: given the very contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus making its way through the population, boosters are our best chance of avoiding serious illness and hospitalizations which are stretching our already broken healthcare system past the brink. But doing what’s necessary for society to function doesn’t get you on Fox.
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