Summary: I am closing my laboratory, and need to find a new placement for a PhD student who has strong anti-vaccination beliefs. Every professor on campus knows about it. How I can help them find new lab?
One bright, well-performing individual in my group is unvaccinated (against everything, apparently) due to personal beliefs. This individual is not outspoken about these beliefs, but their status as such has been spread not only within our group and department, but to many related groups. Indeed, upon learning this I myself stopped meeting in-person with the individual.
I am closing my laboratory, and seeking new homes for my graduate students (see here if curious). I am having zero luck identifying a new advisor. The student is increasingly frantic; homes have been found for the entire remaining group. It is clear to that student what the problem is, and why no one will engage. I am now hearing comments from them that suggest to me that they will exit and "give up."
My university does not allow sharing of vaccination status, so this cannot be made explicit in any way. I am in the USA, at an R1. They will not get vaccinated, and our program does not allow "unsupervised" students. I would love to pass this matter off to my administration or their counsel, but we have been told to handle this at the departmental level.
How can I resolve this in a more positive way?
Outcome: The student quit.
Happy Update: I have hired her through my new industry position. It is remote work.