The University of Notre Dame set out to vaccinate its student body against COVID-19 in April 2021. To accomplish its goal, Notre Dame’s administration promised to end some of the draconian restrictions on campus if it could achieve 90 percent student compliance.
The administration changed course from strongly encouraging the experimental vaccines to mandating them within days, making Notre Dame one of the first universities to require the experimental COVID-19 vaccine for the following school year’s admission. To encourage students to vaccinate before they left for summer break, the administration promised if students complied, more activities would be available for senior week and graduation.
Sweetening the deal even further, the university loaded $15 onto the meal cards of obedient students. In record time, the school reached its initial goal of getting 90 percent of students vaccinated.
Despite students being at low risk of complications from the virus as well as questions about the long-term effects of the vaccine, no