Incoming freshman Olivia Sandor lost a $200,000 scholarship and was denied admission to her “dream school,” Brigham Young University in Hawaii, because she refused to get a covid-19 vaccination. The Daily Mail reports Sandor suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome and was advised by her doctors not to get the vaccine. She developed Guillain-Barre syndrome and was paralyzed from the waist down for a month after getting a flu shot in 2019.
The 18-year-old requested an exemption from the university but was denied, despite already being awarded her scholarship money. The university told her to “re-enroll after getting vaccinated.” Sandor told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “I do not want to relapse and have another episode of Guillain-Barre. It’s really, truly not worth it to me.”
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare disorder in which the immune system goes into overdrive, and the body attacks its own nerves. Dr. Nicole Saphier of Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth and Fox News contributor said, “some vaccines, including the COVID-19 shot, are believed to trigger GBS.”
However, the Center for Disease Control said, “as of June 16, no cases of GSB have been reported following vaccination in participants in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine trials. One case of GSB was reported in a vaccinated participant in the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine trial.”
The university denied the exemption request via email. They stated, “due to our unique location, diverse student population, and daily interaction with international tourists at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we must take extra precautions to protect our campus and community. We recommend you come when you can be fully vaccinated or consider attendance at one of our other church universities.”
Sandor said that the university did not announce the vaccine mandate until mid-June. Now she doesn’t know what to do about college. She stated, “all those scholarships are gone, I really don’t know where I’m going to turn or what my next steps are.”
Hawaii implemented some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions during the pandemic and is now requiring travelers to show their vaccine card, as well as upload it to the state’s Safe Travels website. Brigham Young University Hawaii is one of more than 500 colleges across the country that now require COVID-19 vaccination for students. Most of the universities offer medical or religious exemptions.