(AmericanProsperity.com) – As schools, businesses, and even the federal government roll out vaccine mandates, many Americans are growing concerned with the far-reaching power of the new rules. One University of California professor chose to sue the school’s Board of Regents over the school’s new mandate, highlighting that he should not need a vaccine because he contracted and recovered from the coronavirus last year.
UC Professor Highlights Unethical Policy on Campus
Aaron Kheriaty is a professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California in Irvine (UCI). He got COVID-19 in July 2020 and recovered soon after. However, UCI is now demanding he receives the vaccine. In response, Kheriaty is suing the school for treating him “unequally.”
The professor emphasized, “there doesn’t seem to be any rational basis for discriminating against my form of immunity and requiring me to get a different form of immunity.” By requiring him to get the jab, Kheriaty believes the school ignores the studies showing those who recovered from COVID-19 are less likely to get it again than those who received a vaccine and did not also have the virus at some point.
UCI’s Current Policies on Coronavirus Immunity
All University of California schools currently allow for a temporary medical exemption for the first 90 days after a coronavirus diagnosis. However, after those three months, individuals are no longer exempt from the mandate.
Kheriaty, who directs the school’s Medical Ethics Program, tried to discuss his concerns multiple times with the school before filing a lawsuit, but he said the school met his requests “mostly with radio silence.” He realized that he had to stand up for those similar to him, or else people may be “steamrolled” by the mandates.
The CDC’s Stance on Vaccines for Those Who Recovered From COVID-19
On Friday, August 6, the CDC highlighted two studies that show that coronavirus vaccines do “offer better protection than natural immunity alone.” It emphasized that unvaccinated people who recovered from COVID-19 are 2.34 times more likely to get reinfected than those who received a vaccine after the virus. However, the CDC did not compare these numbers to people who only received the vaccine or chose not to vaccinate.
The Biden administration and the CDC believe that all Americans need to get vaccinated regardless of recovery status. Many schools, like the University of California, are already taking that to heart. Will government officials, businesses, and universities acknowledge natural immunity does offer legitimate protection against the virus rather than just shrugging its efficacy off completely?
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