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What’s the cost of not getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

For a lot of students in Memphis, Tennessee, over a thousand dollars.

As reported by Campus Reform, beginning in the fall, Rhodes College will charge any students who haven’t taken the plunge(r) a pretty penny.

The liberal arts school makes things clear via a June 8th letter.

The announcement hails a return to “traditional campus operations this fall.”

Rhodes notes it “had a low positivity rate through most of the spring,” and that it’s confident of its “ability to have a robust campus experience this fall.”

And whereas, according to the message, spring’s success was guided by “masking and distancing,” the secret to fall’s triumph will be vaccinations.

Such will allow it to progress toward full capacity and “reduced masking.”

Hence, Rhodes “fully intends to require the COVID-19 vaccination immediately upon FDA approval. This will be required for students, faculty, staff, vendors, and campus partners. It is anticipated that FDA approval may be authorized this summer.”

The school’s “strongly recommending” attendees get needled.

How strongly, you might ask?

$1,500 strong:

Upon returning to campus non-vaccinated students will be charged a $1500 per semester Health & Safety fee…

Such a giant sum will cover the costs of mandatory testing.

Again, that’s called “not requiring, but strongly recommending.”

By August 1st, students will need to have submitted their vaccination cards.

And what’s the testing plan?

This:

Out of an abundance of caution, and in alignment with medical advice, vaccinated students will be required to be tested at the college’s COVID-19 Clinic in the event they become symptomatic. Nonvaccinated individuals will be subjected to initial and regular testing upon return to campus.

Will COVID-19 ever fully release American society from its grip?

That remains to be seen.

At the moment, we appear to be maybe a shade and a half down from Code Red.

And entities are trying to adjust accordingly.

As I covered earlier this week, a Milwaukee grocery store’s taking a novel approach.

Metcalfe’s market — an acclaimed 3-location chain — is offering patrons free rubber wristbands to indicate whether they’d like

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