Monday, October 25, 2021

EDITORIAL: Stay safe this semester

Welcome back, Cardinals! It feels like a breath of fresh air to be back in-person and on campus. After three semesters of battling online classes and meeting on Zoom, the pandemic has been an uphill battle. After the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 23, an email was immediately sent to students.

The email stated that all students that may have either classes or participate in in-person activities must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 27, unless they apply for a medical exemption. Students who do not comply and have their proof of vaccination inputted in the SUNY system will face a penalty of being unenrolled and removed from campus life.

While vaccinated students feel free from the shackles of the virus, the looming threat of the Delta variant still hangs overhead. Continuing to wear masks indoors is a must this semester. While many students think they’re totally safe from this new variant, the Centers for Disease Control announced the Delta variant is more contagious and deadly within the unvaccinated population.

Don’t think that being in college makes you indestructible. Learning online was hard enough for all students. No one wants to go back to that dark place. With that, be smart and proceed with caution while attending parties and gatherings this semester. One night of fun shouldn’t ruin the health and safety of not only yourself, but others as well.

If you’re not vaccinated, what are you waiting for?

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