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Federal Judge Blocks Challenge to COVID Vaccine Mandate at Indiana University

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Indiana University’s requirement that students receive COVID-19 vaccines before returning to campus this fall legally stands, reports NPR. That’s according to a federal judge who blocked a challenge to the requirement filed by students arguing it went against their right to bodily autonomy under the 14th Amendment.

Similar to rules at other universities across the nation, unless in a fully online program or qualified for medical, religious or ethical exemption, students who refuse to receive the vaccine can have their classes cancelled and lose access to online university systems.

In blocking the injunction to that rule, U.S. District Judge Damon Leichty said it’s important to remember that students still have the freedom to choose another college or university to attend if they wish to not receive the vaccine.

 

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