A U.S. federal judge on Monday upheld a university’s decision to require its students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the first ruling on an increasingly divisive issue ahead of the new school year.
The decision of Judge Damon Leichty of South Bend Court, about 120 miles east of Chicago, can still be appealed to the Supreme Court.
In a case filed by eight students, the judge refused to suspend the new health regulations imposed by Indiana University to prepare for the resumption of classes between Aug. 1 and 15.
The rules require vaccination against COVID-19 for all 90,000 students and 40,000 school employees, but allow exemptions for religious or religious people. medical reasons.
The U.S. Constitution allows students to reject “unwanted medical treatments based on bodily autonomy,” Leichty wrote.
But it also “allows Indiana University to follow a reasonable process and due to vaccination in the legitimate interest of public health,” he continued in his 100-page sentence.
Some raise religious motives or fear of being discriminated against, while others describe the measure as a cultural attack.
However, in recent months, everyone had agreed to comply with these health measures in other contexts, the judge noted.
The vaccination campaign in the United States, which has made huge strides against the pandemic, has stalled in recent weeks.
About 68% of adults have received at least a first dose, but there are large geographical disparities.
Opposition to the vaccine is significantly tied to the country’s political gap, with much more pronounced hostility in right-wing demographics, especially among supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Several conservative groups, such as the student organization Turning Point, have launched a campaign against compulsory vaccination on campuses and are supporting demands across the country.
Universities have taken various positions, and currently 500 require their students or staff to receive vaccines against COVID-19.
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