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Letters sent to Virginia colleges say mandatory COVID vaccine requirements should be revoked

Man refusing to get injection of vaccine

If you're forced to get vaccinated without your consent, it can infringe on your personal, moral, and/or religious beliefs. It also violates your constitutional rights. Recently, colleges and universities in Virginia have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the thousands of students planning to return to campus this fall. In response, letters were sent from William J. Olson, P.C., Attorneys at Law, to the presidents and board chairs of the colleges asking them to reconsider and revoke their mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

The letters (view in full here and here) which question why colleges would require students to take the COVID-19 vaccine were sent on June 17, 2021, to:

  • Christopher Newport University
  • College of William & Mary
  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Longwood University
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Bridgewater College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • University of Lynchburg
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington & Lee University

"Your institution’s policy is putting these students, and their parents, in an untenable situation," the letter states.

Legal arguments for keeping the COVID-19 vaccine as a personal choice

Americans are supposed to have the freedom to make their own medical decisions. What these colleges in Virginia are doing oversteps their authority, as mandatory vaccines are unconstitutional. Even the U.S. government has declined to issue a COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Students don't go to college so they can have someone who knows very little about them dictate what they should inject into their body. Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements are the definition of overreach, and such policies should be revoked immediately.

From a legal standpoint, the letters note a college that forces a student to get a COVID-19 vaccination breaches a contract the college made with parents and students who made the choice to attend that institution PRIOR TO the implementation of any COVID-19 vaccination policies. It is not right nor is it fair to "move the goalposts" now and change the terms of the agreed-upon contract. Every college or university in Virginia must also offer an exemption from immunization requirements if being administered a vaccine conflicts with that person's religious tenets or practices.

At Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., we're known nationally for helping clients in cases involving fraud and corruption, and we're sharing these letters as a public service to provide resources to employees and university students whose right to vaccine refusal is being violated.

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