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Marquette University has joined the growing list of universities requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for the fall semester, according to a message sent Monday by university president Michael Lovell.
The requirement is that all students (professional, graduate and undergraduate) who will be attending classes are fully vaccinated by August 1.
Beloit College’s decision allows those vaccinated to not wear masks. Lawrence University expects those vaccinated to continue to wear a mask and social distance when in public space.
Both universities plan to have in-person instruction in the fall, similar to Marquette’s plans.
Elizabeth Beyer reports Madison School District to offer online option in fall after some students thrived virtually:
The Madison School District will offer online learning for up to 250 students in grades 6-12 at the start of the 2021-22 school year through a new online academy.
If successful, the Madison Promise Academy could be expanded beyond that. School Board member Ananda Mirilli said during a board meeting Monday that the academy stems from a desire to do things differently after the COVID-19 pandemic upended traditional models of public education.
“We learned that some students were very successful with virtual,” Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said.
“It would be a tremendous loss for us to abandon virtual learning when we have the opportunity now to strengthen virtual learning and to create a program with integrity,” Madison School Board president Ali Muldrow said.
Liz Essley Whyte reports Spreading Vaccine Fears. And Cashing In (“Meet the influencers making millions by dealing doubt about the coronavirus vaccines):
Scientists widely agree vaccines prevent dangerous diseases and do not cause autism or allergies. But in a few years [Heather] Simpson had gone from accepting that consensus to preaching against it. And it all started with the documentary series made by Tennessee couple Ty and Charlene Bollinger, who got their start by questioning mainstream cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
More than 450,000 people signed up to view the series the year it debuted, according to figures the Bollingers posted online, and 25,000 bought copies. At the price Simpson paid, the couple would have grossed $5 million in sales.
For the Bollingers and a network of similar influencers, speaking out against vaccines, including the coronavirus shots, is not just a personal crusade. It’s also a profitable business.
The Bollingers, for example, sell documentaries and books; other influencers hawk dietary supplements, essential oils or online “bootcamps” designed to train followers in anti-vaccine talking points. They frequently share links to each other’s content and products. Although the total value of anti-vaccine businesses is unknown, records indicate that the top influencers alone make up a multimillion-dollar industry. In 2020, the Bollingers told a court their cancer business had raked in $25 million in transactions since 2014.
In their videos, the Bollingers speak in earnest, unscripted, Southern-accented tones, as if they were friendly neighbors sharing lawn-care tips. Evangelicals with four children, they pepper their messages with Bible verses. They are among the most influential conduits for anti-vaccine messages online, with more than 1.6 million followers on various social media platforms and 2 million they say subscribe to their emails.