Freshman Loses $200K Scholarship, Barred Entry After Medical Exemption On Mandatory Vax Was Denied

Written by K. Walker on July 22, 2021

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A medical exemption from doctors was denied by the college even though the student originally contracted a rare neurological disorder from a 2019 flu vaccination and is at risk from the COVID vaccine.

Olivia Sandor, 18, received admission to her dream college, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYHU), and was set to start in the fall with $200,000 in scholarships. Things were looking great for her. But then it all fell apart.

An incoming college freshman was denied admission to her dream school and lost $200,000 in scholarships because she would not get vaccinated against coronavirus due to a pre-existing medical condition.

Olivia Sandor, 18, said Brigham Young University–Hawaii (BYUH) denied her fall admission due to state and college vaccination requirements, despite the fact that they had already awarded her scholarship money.

Sandor, who suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), shared her story on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Monday night and explained how she’d requested an exemption from the school’s vaccination requirement after her team of medical providers advised against her getting the COVID-19 shot.

But the university denied her request for exemption – and told her to re-enroll after getting vaccinated.
Source: Daily Mail

Sandor said that she developed GBS in 2019 after receiving an influenza vaccine. As a result, she was paralyzed from the waist down for over a month.

Earlier this month, the FDA was adding a warning to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that there was a possible link to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

ClashDaily covered that here:

FDA Adding Another Warning To J&J Vaccine — Possible Link To Rare Neurological Disorder

Sandor said that despite BYUH being her “dream college” she doesn’t think the risk of going through what she did in 2019 is worth the risk.

She told Hannity, “I do not want to relapse and have another episode of Guillain-Barre. It’s really, truly not worth it to me.”

Here’s a clip of Sandor’s appearance on Hannity’s show:

Turning Point USA was the first to report Sandor’s situation. They posted the statement BYUH President Keoni Kauwe sent to students and parents that clearly said, “A consequence of choosing not to be vaccinated is that you will not be able to enroll at BYU Hawaii.”

It seems they weren’t kidding. Even if you have $200,000 in scholarships, they’re going to renege on their admission if a student is not vaccinated.

Olivia Sandor sent a doctor’s note requesting a medical exemption which read:

To whom it may concern, 

Olivia has been a patient of mine for many years. In January of 2019, she received an influenza vaccine and within a couple of years developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome and was very ill for a couple of months. 

Because of her history I believe a COVID vaccine or another influenza vaccine will endanger her health and possibly her life. I believe she should avoid those vaccines indefinitely.

Please feel free to contact me with further questions.


Stuart B. Porter, D.O., FAAFP

Despite Sandor’s doctor saying that the vaccine “will endanger her health and possibly her life”, she was denied an exemption.

She made an appeal stating that the policy was “inhumane” to not allow a medical exemption for her when her life could be at risk if her GBS spread to her upper body.

She received another denial in response to her email. They told her to not get the J&J vaccine, but to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead.

It’s truly unbelievable.

This university is demanding that an 18-year old — who is at low risk for complications from the virus, but at high risk for complications from vaccines — must be vaccinated before attending.

Maybe it’s not such a “dream school” after all.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker