Rutgers University student Logan Hollar, 22, has a problem.
No, it’s not the fact that he’s at the same school that gave Elizabeth Warren, the socialist Democrat Senator from Massachusetts, her law degree…
It’s the fact that he has not accepted “the jab.”
And, of course, his problem has nothing to do with health. As Hollar told NJ.com:
I’m not in an at-risk age group. I’m healthy and I work out. I don’t find COVID to be scary. If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed.
And Hollar didn’t think he would be pushed. Despite the vast majority of students being in their late teens and early twenties, thus, being at low risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID19, in the spring of this year, Rutgers created a new requirement that all on-campus students must accept the jabs that are so often erroneously called “vaccines.”
"When they put out the guidance in March, I was reading through all the verbiage, which was if you plan to return to campus, you need to be vaccinated," Hollar said. "I figured I wouldn’t be part of that because all my classes were remote."
Hollar cleared his schedule of all campus-related classes, and, in August, completed a mandated university survey about the jabs, checking the box that showed he was exempt from the jab mandate.
"After submitting the survey, I got no pop-up indication that I still needed the vaccine — like I had seen in the past — and since I was online and the survey said I was all set, I assumed the emails in my inbox pertaining to (the vaccine) must apply to in-person students," said Hollar.
And, as NJ.com notes:
On Aug. 27, he said, he went online to pay his tuition but he was locked out of his Rutgers email and related accounts.
He said he called the university’s vaccine hotline, and a representative said he had to be vaccinated even if his classes were all remote.
The next logical question is whether someone has to be jabbed in order to actually CALL that vaccine hotline. That’s how absurd this is.
Of course, no thinking person ever said the bureaucratic, government-pushed, rules, rumors, and platitudes weren’t absurd.
And the icing on this absurdist cake?
One representative said Hollar could request an exemption, so he did. If accepted, it could take two to four weeks before he was reinstated, he said he was told. That would mean he’d miss three weeks of classes, or more.
That’s bad enough. But, says Hollar…
Days later, I called back, since I hadn’t received anything. They told me that unfortunately, they had decided that they would not grant waivers for anyone who had put in for them past Aug. 23, even though I was told that I could get one with no problem on the 27th.
So, perhaps Hollar is learning a new set of lessons.
They are about mindless, lock-step bureaucracies that not only institute dumb, cumbersome requirements on people, but also about autonomy and principle.
Hollar says he is steadfast in his position and he likely will transfer, remaining true to his principles.
Which might be his final lesson provided by Rutgers.