Guest Room | The Ethical Implications of Cornell’s COVID-19 Booster Mandate

A growing number of Cornell students, including myself, have grown concerned about the ethical implications of Cornell’s COVID-19 booster shot mandate. I have personally discussed this issue with numerous members of the Cornell community, and social media has been ablaze with students voicing their frustrations over this policy decision. While members of the Cornell community may differ in opinions and policy preferences regarding who should be covered under this mandate, one group has been left thoroughly disillusioned — the recently recovered. 

In December 2021, over 1,300 students, including myself, tested positive for COVID-19. My first positive test came back on Dec. 25 (as an at-home antigen test) followed by a second positive PCR test on Dec.