The encouragement for COVID-19 immunizations at the United States Military Academy started once the at least first dose became available back in January. But even as the vaccination rate increases and new COVID cases and the fatalities both decreased, the families of uninoculated cadets say they are experiencing increasing coercion and even threats to receive the shot.
Army West Point doesn’t have a jab mandate, nor does the US military as a whole. Still, there are almost thirty-six uninoculated cadets at The Point, which houses over 4500 students.
According to multiple sources, unimmunized say they have gained natural protection from catching the coronavirus earlier, face stringent quarantines and other COVID-related restrictions now than at the height of the epidemic.
Furthermore, the new restrictions include a 7-day isolation quarantine for non-vaccinated cadets in the break for summer drilling.
One cadet said that it is like solitary confinement for a disease they do not have while delivering on the condition of anonymity for the distress of retribution.
Elita Perusek’s son is a final year student at US Military Academy, and she herself is a 1993 graduate of The Point. On Thursday evening, she told ‘Hannity’ on Fox News that her son rejected the jab but tested positive for antibodies against coronavirus on the post, meaning medical staff members at school were mindful of his natural immunity.
Seven-Day Isolation is Stringent Than Before
Furthermore, that 7-day isolation is stringent than the earlier limits of motion requirement that was in place when returning from other breaks, like the winter holiday, where students were still allowed for various activities, such as moving to mess hall.
Moreover, cadets were made compulsory to present a negative COVID test and adhere to the motion following breaks over the wintertime and last summer when virus cases were increasing, and there was no choice for a jab.
New York has lifted its coronavirus-related restrictions, but US CDC instructions still encourage uninoculated people to continue to mask-up. In addition, the Academy’s specific instructions for unimmunized students state face-masks should be used in the shared spaces, including showers and bathrooms.
The Public Affairs Office of the school said that in shared spaces, face-mask mandates are required; like the academic year face-mask mandates, if the bathroom and shower are in a shared space, non-immunized people are required to use a face-mask when not carrying out personnel hygiene.
The school stated that presently, the Defense Department doesn’t require immunizations for the United States military people. Therefore, it remains optional but encouraged for The Point personnel.