“Since the mandate of the COVID vaccine in colleges and universities across the United States, courts in many jurisdictions have considered challenging those mandates,” the ruling said.
The courts “overwhelmingly … rejected the plaintiffs’ requests for protection and upheld the general policy,” the statement said.
MSU, Michigan’s largest college, which enrolls about 38,000 people, requires all faculty, staff, and students must be fully vaccinated or receive an approved exemption, adding that the presence of COVID-19 is not considered an exemption.
The vaccine ordinance, along with the mask mandate, “has created a safer community for our students, faculty and staff to live, work and study with fewer cases than in the communities around us,” MSU said in an email to students and staff in December. .
MSU did not immediately respond to Bridge Michigan’s request for comment on the ruling.
Ends 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. require their own staff, faculty and students must be fully vaccinated to be on campus. Medical exceptions to vaccines are allowed by law, and some universities also allow religious exceptions.
According to Paul’s ruling, the plaintiff had a duty to prove that the mandate was not related to the legitimate concerns of the government.
The lawsuit was filed in August 2021 by former MSU teachers who did not want to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. According to the lawsuit, some plaintiffs allege that university policies harmed them because they were fired for refusing the vaccine.
The plaintiffs in the case believe that the mandate is unnecessary for those who are already infected with COVID-19 and have “natural immunity”.