The University of Minnesota admitted in an email to its student body that the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission of the virus — yet the school says it will “probably” require more boosters for its students.
Public Health Officer Jakub Tolar sent an email to the student body answering some frequently asked questions about the virus earlier this month.
“I’m vaccinated, does that mean I can’t get COVID-19?” one question reads. “No,” the school responds, stressing that omicron remains “easily transmissible” even among the university’s fully-vaccinated population.
Despite this, the school indicates it will likely require more vaccines.
“I’m vaccinated and boosted, am I done?” the next question reads. “Probably not,” the university responds. “Updated and amplified protection is key to staying healthy and bringing the pandemic under control,” it continues, apparently suggesting booster mandates are soon to come. Already, President Joan Gabel is sternly asking students to get another vaccine.
The university has also denied the reality of natural immunity. “Based on current data, no,” previous infections do not protect people from reinfections, it says. “You should still get vaccinated and boosted.”
This declaration flies in the face of the most current science.
A preprint study of 52,238 Cleveland Clinic employees discovered that none of the 1,359 unvaccinated but previously infected people contracted COVID over the five-month study term.
Marty Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also the editor-in-chief of Medpage Today. He has been writing for outlets like The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal about how “powerful” natural immunity is since last summer.
“More than 15 studies have demonstrated the power of immunity acquired by previously having the virus. A 700,000-person study from Israel two weeks ago found that those who had experienced prior infections were 27 times less likely to get a second symptomatic covid infection than those who were vaccinated,” Makary wrote for the Post in September 2021.
Although the U of M continues to reject this science, some institutions are heeding the advice of experts. The NCAA, for example, recently announced that athletes who have beat COVID will be considered “fully vaccinated” regardless of how many injections they’ve received.
Read the University of Minnesota’s entire message to students here: