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Stanford University now requiring COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status

Original post made on Aug 12, 2021

Students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to be tested for COVID-19, Stanford University announced on Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10:58 PM

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Posted by JoAnn
a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:31 am

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I hope the kids take it in stride. They're at an age where they're used to testing regularly, and college students bring new meaning to the term "large gatherings."


Posted by EmmaP
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

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Stanford is allowing medical and, unfortunately, religious exemptions to vaccination. However the form for the latter does have some hoops and no guarantee the university will accept it. Web Link


Posted by Rebecca Eisenberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:16 pm

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Is Stanford requiring testing for professors, staff, and administrators? That is essential too. And like the first commenter noted, to be an effective vaccination requirement, there can't be exceptions for belief systems. People who do not believe in vaccinations always have the option of not participating in activities that require being vaccinated.

As an aside, as more and more governmental and private organizations tighten their vaccination requirements in response to the Delta Variant raging through our country, has the Palo Alto Police Department - who, last reported still was almost half unvaccinated - made any progress as well? See article about extremely low vaccination rates amongst Palo Alto Police Officers: Web Link

Seems ironic that those whose job is to protect us are the people most likely to infect young children and the immunocompromised with covid-19.

Similarly, Stanford University, my alma mater where I entered as an engineering student, should understand science well enough to recognize that vaccination is the only effective means of beating this virus. Every person (student, staff, professor, researcher, doctor, service employee, administrator, etc.) on Stanford Campus should be fully vaccinated, unless they are medically incapable of being vaccinated. Those are the rules of many (most?) other well-regarded universities across the country (including, thankfully, the college my daughter will be attending this fall!).

Get your act together, Stanford. You know better. 99% percent of Palo Alto public school students age 12 and older are vaccinated -- your rates should be just as high or higher. No more excuses.


Posted by Dennis Petry
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on Aug 13, 2021 at 8:01 am

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on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

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on Aug 14, 2021 at 9:47 am

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Posted by Darby Jenkins
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on Aug 14, 2021 at 10:11 am

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Posted by EmmaP
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 15, 2021 at 8:47 am

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According to the university as of Fall Quarter all staff, faculty, and postdocs working on campus will have to be vaccinated except those with a medical or religious exemption Web Link (I'm not sure what they will do about faculty who don't vaccinate and who don't have exemption.)

Also I find it dubious that 99% of eligible Palo Alto students have been vaccinated. Is the school district even collecting that data?


Posted by Peter Crist
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2021 at 9:17 am

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Posted by In God We Trust
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on Aug 15, 2021 at 10:02 am

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 17, 2021 at 6:37 am

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If students are caught using fake vaccination records, they should be expelled immediately.


Posted by Carlos M.
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on Aug 17, 2021 at 7:30 am

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