Unwavering resolve, fierce loyalty, and love for others. These are just a few tenants the United States was built upon. U.S. culture is one that is guided by intense patriotism and love for the country. That is why we at The Arka Tech feel that vaccines should be mandated by Tech.
The vaccines have been a point of contention for many citizens since their introduction. There have even been conspiracy theories about the government poisoning its inhabitants or putting tracking chips in the unwilling. Of course, these claims have been debunked repeatedly.
Some Americans expressed hesitancy about taking a vaccine that had not received full FDA approval. As we know, the Pfizer vaccine received that approval last month. Yet, much hesitancy remains.
The truth of the matter is this: Vaccine hesitation is costing American lives. The time is now, vaccines should be mandated for all students and faculty. The Arka Tech thinks that it is patriotic to get the vaccine and to protect yourself and your fellow countrymen from a disease that has killed more than 7,500 Arkansans as of this week.
We at The Arka Tech believe that this is the only way to return to some semblance of normalcy. If one decides to refuse the vaccine, a weekly negative test should be proven.
Vaccine mandates are not unheard of. Statewide immunization mandates have been a staple of public schools since 1922. American society eradicated polio due to mandates. Measles, mumps, and chicken pox that were once debilitating and infectious diseases do not hold the same weight they once did. These, of course, are just a few strong examples.
Tech has tried other ways, such as hosting vaccination clinics, offering incentives for getting the shot and implementing policies to curb the spread. Despite all the efforts, Tech’s official vaccination record has not reached the amount needed for herd immunity.
Tech has been patient, but to no avail. Drastic measures must be taken to stop the virus. We believe a vaccine mandate is that measure.