As many college students are enjoying their summer breaks, US colleges and universities are gearing up to mandate yet another round of the Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for students returning in Fall of 2022.
That's despite the fact that the vaccines neither prevent infection nor transmission, and that young people have a near-zero statistical chance of getting seriously ill from Covid; while scientists say the vaccines carry risks of side effects-- particularly among the young.
The Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) recently held a webinar to discuss this issue and counter measures being taken by college students and civil rights attorney Warner Mendenhall.
College students Ben Lipp of the University of Cincinnati and Tyce Patt of the Ohio University College of Business were featured on the latest VSRF update to discuss their lawsuits against the Covid-19 vaccine and booster mandates.
The lawsuits intend to represent the collective power of college students and their principled conviction to fight against discrimination.
Based upon the recent coverage in the local press, the students accompanied by their legal experts, appear to have already set a precedent for other collegiate students across the country.
On January 4, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that much of the students’ lawsuit revolved around the belief that University of Cincinnati "officials lack authority under state law to enforce such a mandate, the lawsuit states.”
Read details of the lawsuit here.
In a separate case at Ohio University (OU), a group of fifteen students and an employee have filed litigation to stop the school's Covid-19 vaccine mandate. According to news coverage, “The civil suit, filed Dec. 7, 2021, in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas, argues — among other things — OU’s vaccine mandate violates the Ohio Constitution by infringing on people’s rights to turn down medical treatment.”
To learn more about that lawsuit, read this article featured in the Post, Ohio University’s student-run, independent news site.
To watch and/or learn more about these cases, plus view previous VSRF updates register here.