“Since the implementation of COVID vaccination mandates at colleges and universities across the United States, courts in many jurisdictions have heard challenges to these mandates,” the ruling judge says.
Courts have “overwhelmingly … dismissed plaintiffs’ injunction requests and upheld generally applicable policies,” he said.
MSU, Michigan’s largest college with an enrollment of about 38,000, requires all of its faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated or obtain an approved exemption, adding that already having COVID-19 does not count as an exemption. .
The vaccine decision, along with a mask mandate, “has created a safer community for our students, faculty and staff to live, work and learn with fewer cases than the communities around us,” said MSU in an email to students and staff in December.
MSU did not immediately respond to Bridge Michigan’s request for comment on the decision.
More than 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States require their staff, faculty, and students to be fully vaccinated in order to be on campus. Medical exemptions to vaccines are allowed by law, and some universities also allow religious exemptions.
According to Paul’s decision, the onus was on the plaintiff to prove that the warrant was not related to a legitimate government concern.
The lawsuit was filed in August 2021 by former MSU faculty members who did not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the lawsuit, some plaintiffs claim that university policy harmed them because they were fired for refusing to get vaccinated.
Plaintiffs in the case say the warrant is unnecessary for those who have already contracted COVID 19 and are “naturally immune.”