WMU loses appeal over athletes and virus vaccine requirement

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 2:56 PM EDT
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of athletes at Western Michigan University. They sued to be able to play sports without getting a COVID-19 vaccination, citing religious reasons.

The appeals court declined to freeze a decision by a judge, who said the vaccine policy at WMU likely violates a constitutional right to follow a religion.

The appeals court says at least 16 athletes sought a vaccine exemption on religious grounds but were ignored or denied. WMU can require them to wear a mask or be regularly tested for COVID-19.

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