Frontline Doctors File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against University of California to Prevent Vaccine Mandates for Students With Natural Immunity
LOS ANGELES, CA– With supporting declarations from top medical experts and students, America’s Frontline Doctors has filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal Court against the University of California (UC), targeting the university system’s plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students regardless of natural immunity. AFLDS, students and even the UC’s own top doctors, are criticizing the rushed mandate as arbitrary, unscientific, not medically necessary. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in this civil rights case cite the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution’s protection of bodily integrity, as well as two California civil rights statutes (Cal. Civ. Code sec. 51, Cal. Gov. Code sec. 11135) that prohibit discrimination on the basis of medical or genetic status. Accordingly, America’s Frontline Doctors is requesting an injunction to restrain the UC from utilizing coercion and segregation of naturally-immune and unvaccinated people in violation of Federal and State law. The primary target of the lawsuit is the UC’s unscientific one-size-fits-all vaccine mandate where the UC rejects scientifically accepted prescreening for natural immunity. One of the plaintiffs, Deborah Choi is a second-year law student at UC Irvine. In her sworn declaration, she emphasized how the UC’s vaccine mandate affects her personal stating, “The UC mandate does not respect my right to work with my doctor to assess my natural immunity to Covid-19 beyond 90 days. I am young and healthy. This mandate also puts me under duress by requiring an immediate decision within the next week. It presents me with an untenable ultimatum between being forced to take this vaccine and losing everything I have worked for at UCI including my scholarship, mentorships, leadership opportunities, financial stability, and even my very academic enrollment.” Support for the AFLDS filing has even come from UC’s own Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD, associate professor with UCLA School of Medicine. “Mandating indiscriminate vaccination of persons already naturally immune or recently infected is neither rational nor safe. Based on our communications with other University of California faculty, it is our impression that many agree that mandating vaccination for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 is unlikely to be beneficial, but they are reluctant to express this publicly due to concerns about employment security, academic promotion, or other repercussions,” stated Dr. Ladapo. “We’ve provided compelling medical evidence that vaccine mandates on young people and those who have natural immunity lacks all scientific and medical credibility,” stated Dr. Teryn Clarke of America’s Frontline Doctors. “College age students generally are at statistically zero risk from COVID-19 according to the CDC’s own data. Throughout the pandemic, the State of California established a pattern of making arbitrary decisions that impacted privacy and personal freedom of every resident. They have intentionally created a culture of fear and coercion that Americans should find shocking. This new assault is again nonsensical, not backed by science and unconstitutional.” An emergency court hearing is scheduled for August 2. AFLDS has filed additional cases to prevent vaccine mandates and segregation in other states through its legal efforts that compliment its public education campaign to provide greater transparency to Americans about COVID-19.