Boulder, CO—America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) is challenging the University of Colorado (CU) over its unlawful vaccine mandate that threatens to harm students. The unlawful mandate applies to students who have natural immunity, students who have a sincere religious objection to the vaccination, and students who for medical reasons have serious objections to taking the vaccine.
AFLDS, in support of a complaint for injunctive relief by three CU students, rallied medical experts and dozens of studies to challenge a policy set by CU in contravention to the Constitution of the United States. The suit, filed January 4, 2022, comes as millions of college students are set to return for the spring semester.
CU implemented a vaccine mandate on April 28, 2021, which it claims it based on consultation with "state and local health departments" and "CU experts," but, as noted by the complaint, "the policy did not provide a clear process nor state what evidence it relied upon."
AFLDS, in the complaint on behalf of students, makes clear the evidence does not support vaccine mandates for the COVID recovered, for those with natural immunity, and for those in an age group who actually are at greater risk of harm from the vaccine than from COVID. As the complaint notes, one widely reported Israeli nationwide study, with over 6 million people, showed that among "187,549 unvaccinated COVID positive" individuals, only "894 [0.48%] were reinfected; 38 [0.02%] were hospitalized; a mere 16 [0.008%] hospitalized with severe disease; and only 1[one]/187,549 died--an individual over 80 years old." The Cleveland Clinic studied its own employees and confirmed the Israeli study's findings. Meanwhile, those in the age group of the plaintiffs, all students under 30, who have taken the vaccine, are having rates of adverse events never seen before in all the years of adverse event reporting combined.
"Those students who have not had the vaccination are being jolted from their educational opportunities and having their careers irreparably destroyed," said Attorney James Bopp, lead counsel with The Bopp Law Firm, "all while students are being put at unnecessary risk to their health." He added, "The facts are clear, the threat to young people includes levels such as life-threatening events, deaths, and birth defects which are even higher in the COVID vaccine than in all other vaccines from 1990 on."
"It's undisputed that the vaccine does not prevent transmission or infection," said AFLDS's Associate Medical Director Dr. Daniel Stock. "The CDC has acknowledged this. Yet, the courts need to as well."
The case was brought in federal court by three students, one a dentist, seeking a graduate periodontics degree, who has been denied continuing enrollment, another a junior, taking classes remotely, but suffering because of his need for a social learning setting, and a third, a student who is deferring the start of her college experience who has since had her scholarship monies denied her.
Associate Legal Director, Litigation, with AFLDS, Attorney Lauren Bradford commented, "It's unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments for CU to deny students educational opportunities when a vaccination mandate is opposed on a religious basis, as is the case here with one student, who at first received an exemption but then had his exemption denied because it did not meet CU's arbitrary evaluation of his faith-based assertion. Similarly, it is unconstitutional to deny students property, such as a scholarship, or on-campus learning, without a compelling need."
This is the latest in a series of filings that AFLDS has been involved in across the country.
"I am heartened by the courage of young people to stand up against mandates that cross the line. We all want medical and scientific involvement in public health decisions, but we want the involvement to be sound and guided by good judgment," said AFLDS's founder Dr. Simone Gold. "When you have measures that are unsupported by the evidence, you have to stand up and say, 'The policy is wrong, it's that simple.' If you don't, then you have medical tyranny. This country fought back religious tyranny, it fought back governmental tyranny, now it must fight back against medical tyranny. The complaint and preliminary injunction, filed today, outlines the unlawful nature of CU's policy. I am optimistic the court will recognize this and restore the rights of our young people to protect them from egregious and unnecessary harm."
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