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Outrage as Berkeley now requires students to wear masks if not vaccinated against FLU

The University of California, Berkeley has introduced a mask requirement for students who have not received a seasonal flu shot.

“During flu season, masks are required if not vaccinated against flu,” reads an announcement on the school’s website.

The guidelines also strongly recommend that all people on the UC Berkeley campus wear masks indoors, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status.

The move, which is a duplication of a largely abandoned masking policy and challenges 2019 norms for seasonal flu, was met with a flurry of criticism and ridicule alike on social media.

Attorney and California Senate nominee Mark Meuser said, “UC Berkeley will require unvaccinated students to wear a mask during flu season, even though the CDC says the unvaccinated should now be treated the same as vaccinated.”

“Someone should tell UC Berkeley to follow the science,” he quipped sarcastically.

“The 2019 norms are gone forever at Berkeley as the university makes masking mandatory during flu seasons,” tweeted another user.

Other users were completely incredulous by the decision.

“I saw some pictures of it and doubted oh no it’s real… Regardless, 100 year old consensus masks don’t cure the flu,” said one.

Another chimed in: “It’s worth asking how we got to this point where two weeks to break the curve has become an ongoing crusade against seasonal respiratory infections in general.”

“During flu season, masks are required if not vaccinated against flu,” reads an announcement on the school’s website

UC Berkeley's decision, which represents a duplication of a largely abandoned masking policy and challenges 2019 norms for seasonal flu, was met with a barrage of criticism (UC Berkeley campus pictured).

UC Berkeley’s decision, which represents a duplication of a largely abandoned masking policy and challenges 2019 norms for seasonal flu, was met with a barrage of criticism (UC Berkeley campus pictured).

Attorney and California Senate nominee Mark Meuser quipped that UC Berkeley should

Attorney and California Senate nominee Mark Meuser quipped that UC Berkeley should “follow the science”

Pointing to CDC data showing low effectiveness of flu shots, one user questioned the effectiveness of masking to prevent seasonal flu

Pointing to CDC data showing low effectiveness of flu shots, one user questioned the effectiveness of masking to prevent seasonal flu

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“The norms of 2019 are gone forever at Berkeley,” one person tweeted

Another user chimed in:

Another user chimed in: “It’s worth asking how we got to this point where two weeks to break the curve has become an ongoing crusade against seasonal respiratory infections in general.”

News of UC Berkeley’s tightening of restrictive masking guidelines comes as the Biden administration hopes to make a Covid booster an annual routine.

That’s the gist of his campaign to sell the newly licensed shot to an American public that has largely rejected boosters since they first became available last fall.

Shots of the updated boosters, specifically designed by Pfizer and Moderna to respond to the Omicron strain, could begin within days.

The US government has bought 170 million doses and says everyone will have free access to the booster.

White House Covid-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said this latest round of vaccinations will provide protection during the busy cold and flu season, hoping to push people to get the vaccine annually.

In the meantime, even the bosses of the vaccine manufacturers are arguing about the effectiveness of ongoing booster vaccinations.

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, said yearly injections for healthy people may not be a good use of taxpayers’ money.

The vaccines are considered important for vulnerable and elderly people.

But Soriot, who spoke about promoting healthy people, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I’m not sure it’s a really good use of money.”

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UC Berkeley's decision caused outrage and ridicule on social media

UC Berkeley’s decision caused outrage and ridicule on social media

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, said yearly injections for healthy people may not be a good use of taxpayers' money

Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, said yearly injections for healthy people may not be a good use of taxpayers’ money

He said vaccines protect healthy people for a “long time” — possibly several years.

Meanwhile, Susan Rienow, chief executive of vaccine maker Pfizer, warned that people need to “remain vigilant.”

She said: “It’s going to be really important to make sure people get their immunity boosted so we can prevent people from being hospitalized.”

Discussions about the effectiveness of booster shots continue as House Republicans sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday, urging him to overturn the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which they say has been around since late June Has kept 45,000 National Guardsmen inactive.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin introduced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for National Guard troops late last year, with a deadline of June 30, 2022 for troops to receive both CDC-mandated vaccinations — or risk, paid for and to be trained

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin introduced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for National Guard troops late last year, with a deadline of June 30, 2022 for troops to receive both CDC-mandated vaccinations — or risk, paid for and to be trained

The memo, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, was authored by Florida Rep. Michael Waltz – a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the first Green Beret elected to Congress.

It was signed by more than a dozen of his peers, including GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik and Republican Study Committee Chair Rep. Jim Banks.

They are urging Austin to immediately rescind the vaccination mandate in light of military-wide staffing shortages and the alarmingly rapid advances in militaries of rival nations like China.

“All of this is happening against a backdrop of a recruitment and retention crisis not seen in the military services for decades,” the letter warns.

National Guard troops who have not received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine by June 30, 2022 are threatened with, or actively excluded from, government-funded deployments and will receive payment under the Pentagon’s late-2021 immunization regulation.

They are also prohibited from participating in training exercises attended by vaccinated military personnel.

That affects about 10 percent of the force, who are either unvaccinated or awaiting approval for exceptions.

“Our military has been crippled by the restrictive COVID-19 policies implemented by the Department of Defense under the Biden administration,” Waltz told DailyMail.com.

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Andrew Kugle

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