University Accused Of Violating Free Exercise Clause With Vaccine Mandate

The University of Alabama-Birmingham has been accused in a letter from First Liberty Institute of violating the Constitution’s requirement protecting free exercise of religion because it grants other exemptions from its vaccine requirements for students, but not for religious students.

“UAB’s policy triggers, and subsequently fails, strict scrutiny under recent Supreme Court precedent interpreting the Free Exercise Clause,” explained a letter from the institute. “In addition, UAB’s immunization policy impermissibly burdens Gale’s religious exercise under the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment. To conform with both state and federal legal protections, UAB should provide Gale, and other students like her with religious objections to UAB’s mandated vaccines, a religious exemption to its immunization policy.”

The letter to the school was on behalf of Jackie Gale, a sophomore at the school who previously was allowed to register and attend classes without meeting the school’s vaccine requirement policy.

The vaccines at issue are not COVID vaccines.

At issue are vaccinations for “Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (which would require two MMR shots), Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (requiring one Tdap shot), Chickenpox/Shingles (requiring two VZVIgG shots), Meningitis (requiring one Menactra, Menveo, or Mennomune shot), as well as proof that she underwent a Tuberculosis screening.” (Read more from “University Accused Of Violating Free Exercise Clause With Vaccine Mandate” HERE)

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