Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

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Did the University of Western Ontario end its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Western University Ends Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

Anti-vaccination activists have been claiming in recent days that the University of Western Ontario ended its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines!

Here are some examples on social media:

Canadian University [University Western Ontario) ends vaccine mandate after two students (Spencer Cornelis and Megha Thakur), die unexpectedly. Both vaccinated.

Western University in London Ontario has reversed their vaccine mandates after two vaccinated students died suddenly.

Western University, the only Canadian university to require 3 vaccinations to attend, has just dropped their vaccine requirements.

Because of science. Oh, and a 21 year old student there and a TikTok star has just died of a heart attack.

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Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

 

Western University Did Not End Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Western University Revoked Vaccine Mandate

On November 29, 2022, the University of Western Ontario (also known as Western University) announced that it was revoking its long-standing vaccination policy requiring “students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

This decision had nothing to do with the two recent deaths of their students, but was based on “the latest consultation” with their “medical experts and local public health”.

This decision likely had to do with the fact that most Canadians are already fully-vaccinated. According to the Government of Canada:

  • 80.4% of the population (over 24.3 million) completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.1% of the population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 80.8% of the population in Ontario completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.9% of the population in Ontario received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

It comes after Public Health Canada’s lifted its own requirement for proof of vaccination to “enter Canada, or board a plane or train in Canada” as well as “travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada” on October 1, 2022.

Fact #2 : Western University Still Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Western University still continues to recommend that its students, employees and visitors stay up to date on their vaccinations:

[V]accination continues to be the best defence against severe illness and hospitalization. We strongly encourage everyone to remain up to date on their vaccinations.

If Western University revoked its vaccine mandate because two students died from the vaccines, it would have NOT recommended that everyone should still get the booster dose.

In fact, it should be noted that Western University issued a booster dose mandate for the Fall 2022 semester on August 22, 2022 that it successfully defended in the Ontario Superior Court.

It would not have done that if the earlier COVID-19 vaccinations were not proven to be safe and effective.

Canada vaccination as of November 6, 2022

Fact #3 : University Of Toronto Still Requires COVID-Vaccination

Some anti-vaccination activists are claiming that Western University is the only university to require a vaccine mandate. That’s false. The University of Toronto also had a vaccine mandate for all students studying and living on campus.

The vaccine requirement for on-campus students was lifted on May 1, 2022, but students who choose to live on-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year are still required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, including at least one booster dose.

If there is any evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster doses are dangerous, the University of Toronto would have lifted its vaccine mandate as well.

The truth is – the vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Which is why the University of Toronto maintains that “vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19”.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Spencer Cornelis Died From Vaccine

Spencer Harrison Curt Cornelis who was studying Management and Organisational Studies at the Western University, died unexpectedly on October 18, 2022.

His family celebrated his life in his obituary, but did not mention any cause of death. So there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine.

He could easily have died from the many causes of unexpected death in someone that young – vehicular accident, sudden cardiac arrest, suicide, misadventure, drug overdose, etc.

Unless and until an autopsy is carried out, or his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #5 : Unknown If Spencer Cornelis Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Spencer Cornelis was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his death.

Students attending classes at the University of Western Ontario are required to be vaccinated to enter campus.

However, Spencer was a licensed real estate agent who worked for The Realty Firm Inc. since May 2022, according to his LinkedIn page

So it is possible that he may have been studying remotely as Western University offers Distance Studies for working adults. In that case, he may not be vaccinated at all, as there is no vaccination mandate in Canada.

Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

Fact #6 : Megha Thakur’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Megha Thakur (born July 17, 2001) was a TikTok star and a student at the University of Western Ontario who suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 24, 2022.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the light of our life, our kind, caring, and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2022 in the early morning hours.

Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we request your blessings for Megha. Your thoughts and prayers will be with her in her onward journey

– Megha’s loving parents

Megha Thakur’s parents did not reveal her cause of death.  They also did not claim that she died from her COVID-19 vaccination.

Until and unless an autopsy is conducted, or her family publicly reveal her cause of death after an autopsy, anyone who claims that Megha Thakur died of this or that cause is most likely lying to you.

Fact #7 : Megha Thakur Had Physical + Mental Health Issues

Even though we do not know her cause of death, it should be noted that Megha Thakur had her share of physical and mental health issues.

On July 17, 2022, Megha posted a TikTok video in which she revealed that she suffered a heart attack, which she blamed on anxiety and stress.

Megha Thakur did not just deal with anxiety and stress. She was also depressed for many years, as she revealed in an October 11, 2020 Instagram post.

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Fact #8 : Unknown If Megha Thakur Received A Booster Dose

Megha Thakur never posted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is very likely she was fully-vaccinated, as Western University (where she studies) requires “students, employees and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

She lived on campus for the first year, and would have received two doses of the vaccine last year.

Anti-vaccination activists are blaming a recent booster dose for her death, but there is no evidence she received one.

Western University’s deadline for getting a booster dose was January 9, 2023. So it is possible that Megha Thakur never received a booster dose since she lived off-campus in her second year there.

Fact #9 : Claims Of Students Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing student deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of student deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next student tragedy…

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