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Booster Mandate Exemption Process for SJU

2022-01-16 17:48:12

It has come to my attention that SJU will not open the booster mandate exemption until the end of January.  If you have recently had Covid you can get a 90 day extension with a note from your primary care physician. Stand your ground.  Send letters, share the petition.  Natural immunity, medical exemptions and religious beliefs matter.

Parents, Students, Families and Alum for Booster Alternatives-SJU

Open Letter to SJU President Mark Reed and The Board of Trustees

2022-01-12 21:20:05

Dear Saint Joseph’s University President Mark Reed and Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees,

We are students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff of Saint Joseph’s University. We are grateful for Saint Joseph’s University’s efforts at keeping students and the local community safe during this pandemic. As concerned members of the SJU family, we write this open letter to express our strong opposition to Saint Joseph’s University’s Covid-19 booster mandate. In light of new data available about both the vaccine and the virus, we urge you to change the “mandate” to a “recommendation” based on the factors outlined below.

We appreciate that the booster mandate and new procedures for the spring term stem from the good intention to prevent severe illness. But as with any public health policy, many factors — scientific, ethical, and legal — must be considered and weighed. We are concerned that Saint Joseph’s University, in issuing this booster mandate, has overlooked recent and evolving scientific data regarding the vaccine and the virus that makes a booster mandate inappropriate and unnecessary, raising serious ethical and legal questions.

The CDC has already confirmed that those who are vaccinated transmit Covid-19 similarly to unvaccinated people. This includes those who have received the Covid-19 booster. The virus will continue to be transmitted among our highly vaccinated campus as we saw throughout the fall. With all of the recent information and the incredible spread of the omicron variant, Saint Joseph’s University has learned that vaccines and booster injections cannot stop the spread of Covid-19.

As so many students test positive, they are, in essence, receiving a natural booster based on the very latest variants of the virus. And yet, Saint Joseph’s University is ignoring the natural immunity in these students and mandating a booster injection based on older variants, which Saint Joseph’s University knows is ineffective at stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the Saint Joseph’s University community. This decision is counter to science and seems like it was made less to promote students’

health and more to achieve some other unstated goal of the administration. Otherwise, why require a booster injection that is ineffective, and potentially dangerous, for students who are naturally contracting and fighting off a virus that many scientists believe is becoming more endemic than pandemic?

Mounting evidence points to serious risks from exposure to the Covid-19 vaccines. The latest scientific research shows that Covid-19 vaccine side effects such as myocarditis, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, and pericarditis are more common in young people than we think (see references 1-5 listed below). Recently, an Oxford-conducted study of men under the age of 40 demonstrated that the risk of myocarditis after one dose mRNA exceeds the risk of myocarditis from an actual Covid-19 infection. Even more alarmingly, the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) indicates that there were over 15,000 Covid-19 vaccine related death cases in 2021, compared with the previous average of 158 vaccine related deaths per year (Pre-Covid-19), in the context of a yearly total of 280 million injections and 70 different vaccines. This data shows that, compared to other vaccines, Covid-19 injections carry around 100 times the risk of death.

Why force such risks on our students when the rate of severe Covid-19 illness in the 16 to 40 year age group is exceedingly low? Newer variants appear to pose a near-zero risk of death for college students. Data now shows that the vaccine itself can pose more risk to young people than the virus itself, and repeated injections only increase those risks without any discernible reduction in the spread of the virus.

All students are individuals, each someone’s child with unique medical, psychological, and emotional needs. Indeed, as the CDC has recognized, “people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks” (emphasis added). With its blanket mandate, Saint Joseph’s University seems to be interpreting eligibility as a directive, ignoring both the science and CDC’s own guidance regarding individual benefits and risks.

The power differential between the university and students raises serious ethical issues. In addition to the risk of side effects and death, Saint Joseph’s University’s


injection mandate can trigger generational trauma in some students from intrusive, experimental, and other medically questionable procedures. For many students, the coercive nature of a third injection, after being told that they needed only two injections to attend Saint Joseph’s University, is contributing to psychological distress and emotional disorientation about future academic, social, and professional potential. We are seeing staggering mental health problems on campus and beyond. At this point in the pandemic, after nearly two years of following constantly changing rules, we would do right by our students to give them control over whether they receive additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

That is why we believe that the question of whether a student should receive a third (or fourth or fifth or sixth) booster must be answered individually by each student, in consultation with a medical professional or doctor, rather than by school administrators.

Considering new data on the virus and the vaccine, the university may very well cause disability or death by imposing further vaccine requirements, and it will have to bear the responsibility. Please do the right thing, and end this unnecessary and unethical mandate.

Additional References:
1. Intravenous injection of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine can induce acute myopericarditis

in mouse model (Clin Infect Dis 2021
2. The S1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 crosses the blood-brain barrier in mice (Nature

Neuroscience 24, 368-378.)
3. SARS-CoV-2 spike impairs DNA damage repair and inhibits V(D)J recombination in

vitro (Viruses 2021, 13 (10), 2056;
4. Be aware of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein: There is more than meets the eyes (J Biol

Regul Homeost Agents May-Jun 2021)

5. Risks of myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiac arrhythmias associated with COVID-19 vaccination or SARS-CoV-2 infection (Nature Medicine 2021
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Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees




Name Title Company
James M. Norris ’85 Managing Director (Retired) Vanguard International


Name Title Company
John D. Zook '71 Founder Zook Dinon PA


Name Title Company
Michael A. Bantom '73 Head of Basketball Development  National Basketball Association
Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. President (Retired) College of the Holy Cross
Eileen K. Cardile '87, '91 (M.S.) Senior Consultant Numerof & Associates
Mark A. Casale ‘86 President and CEO Essent
Brian Duperreault '69 Executive Chairman American International Group
Kristy W. Fercho ’00 (MBA) Head of Home Lending Wells Fargo & Company 
James J. Fleming, S.J. Executive Director Campion Conference and Renewal Center 
Daniel P. Gallagher '94, '99 (M.S.)  Managing Director Exude, Inc.
Eugene M. Geinzer, S.J. Superior Arrupe Jesuit Community
Adjunct Professor
Saint Joseph's University
Michael J. Hagan '85 Managing Partner Hawk Capital Partners
Margaret K. Hondros Co-founder Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
Saint Joseph's University
Peter R. Kowey, M.D. ’71 William Wikoff Smith Chair Cardiovascular Research
Lankenau Heart Institute
Susan La Monica P'20 Chief Human Resources Officer Citizens Financial Group
Timothy J. Maguire ’93 Managing Partner Maguire Asset Management LLC
Christopher D. McIsaac '97 Managing Director, International Operations Vanguard Group, Inc.
Michael J. Nesspor ’80 Managing Director (Retired) Pershing, LLC
Sharon R. O'Brien '76 Civic Volunteer  
Maureen A. O'Connor '86 Civic Volunteer  
Adele Cirone Oliva '87 Founder 1315 Capital
Lori N. Peruto, Esq. ’83 General Counsel Philadelphia Suburban Development Corp.
Maryanne F. Post, Esq. ’07 Controller and Human Resource Manager Post Precision Castings, Inc.
Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.  President Saint Joseph's University 
Joseph D. Regan ’81 Chief Executive Officer Alphadyne Asset Management
James M. Shea, S.J. Chaplain Georgetown University Medical Center
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. President  Seattle University
Michael F. Swanick '81 Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. Superior and Director
Visiting Professor of the History of Christianity
John LaFarge House, Jesuit House of Studies

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Raymond G. Washington, Jr., M.D. '91 General Surgeon Pinehurst Surgical Clinic
Joseph J. Wolk '88 Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Johnson & Johnson

Parents, Students, Families and Alum for Booster Alternatives-SJU

Press Release: College Coalition Against Booster Mandates

2022-01-11 19:24:28

No B.S. (Booster Shots) College Coalition Against Booster Mandates Contact

Twitter: @NoBSCoalition





No B.S. (Booster Shots) College Coalition Against Booster Mandates

Universities Uniting Against One-Size-Fits-All Medical Mandates


Washington, DC, 1/11/22....Parents, students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the country are saying, “no more” to mandates, forming a coalition of schools after their voices have been ignored by administrators on an individual basis.

The Coalition objects to one-size-fits-all medical directives and wants to bring awareness to the draconian policies put in place by administrators that force the students to take the booster shot or leave. The majority have already complied with earlier covid vaccine mandates.

There is growing evidence that the covid vaccines do not protect against the Omicron variant. Numerous physicians have come out against the booster mandate for this age group, warning that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Individual petitions have been launched for each school, garnering growing support from their school communities.

“Fr. Leahy and other school officials are not returning emails or phone calls,” said one frustrated Boston College parent of the school’s Jesuit President. “The school’s motto is ‘men and women’ for others, but clearly that’s only if you take the booster.”

Due to concerns over retaliation, many are reluctant to use their names publicly.

School communities include Boston College, Cornell, Georgetown, Loyola New Orleans, Northeastern, NYU, Santa Clara, St. Joe’s, the U California system, U of Delaware, UMASS, U of MD, UVA, Villanova, and William & Mary.

A third-year student at William & Mary explained, “they want us to roll up our sleeves without asking any questions. We have no idea what the long-term impacts will be of what we are complying with just to stay in school.”

“We worked hard to earn a spot at these schools and chose these schools before the mandates went into effect,” said one Georgetown senior.

Most of these schools require students to get the booster shot before they are allowed to return to school next weekend. This is despite the CDC’s Director acknowledging that the boosters do not stop the spread of the virus.

Parents, Students, Families and Alum for Booster Alternatives-SJU

CDC Admits Vaccine does not stop the spread

2022-01-10 14:54:13

If the CDC admits the vaccine is not stopping spread, why are we mandating one of the lowest risk populations to get boostered?

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Parents, Students, Families and Alum for Booster Alternatives-SJU

Thoughtful and Informed Comments

2022-01-08 17:05:43

There are so many thoughtful and informed comments.  Thank you all for taking the time to fill out the petition and for including your thoughts and beliefs on this very personal subject.  

Please ask your student to share with their friends so that they can participate and share with their parents.  Also, consider sharing this petition to local conservative groups and in chat groups that may capture SJU families and alum that are beyond our typical reach. 

The organizer of the original BC petition is working to gather the various school petitioners to brainstorm how we can best postion ourselves as a group.  I am open to thoughts and suggestions from others.

God Bless!

Parents for Booster Alternatives-SJU

Please Support Fellow Petition

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Please Support and Share Boston College Petition

2022-01-07 23:02:21


Thank you so much for your support!  Please support and sign the petition for Boston College.  They are the group that spearheaded this effort and we want to support their community as they are supporting ours.  Thank you.

Parents for Booster Alternatives-SJU

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