Three major Virginia universities have scrapped their COVID booster mandates — and COVID vaccine mandates in general — after the state’s attorney general advised that the public institutions cannot mandate them under current law.
In guidance issued Jan. 26, Virginia’s newly sworn-in Attorney General Jason Miyares stated that “absent specific authority conferred by the General Assembly, public institutions of higher education in Virginia may not require vaccination against COVID-19 as a general condition of students’ enrollment or in-person attendance.”
In other words, state lawmakers need to pass a law to mandate the requirement. The previous attorney general had advised that COVID vaccine mandates were in fact legal.
In response to the new legal opinion, three of Virginia’s largest public colleges rescinded their COVID vaccine and booster mandates: George Mason, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia.
“Elections matter,” one observer on Twitter opined regarding the development. BREAKING: I’ve issued my first ever Attorney General opinion – Virginia state universities cannot mandate the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition for enrollment or in-person attendance. — Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) January 28, 2022 On Dec. 31, George Mason had announced a booster shot requirement.
Updated language on the university’s website crafted after the legal opinion states that “Mason strongly encourages vaccines for students and employees. … All students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and get a booster.”
ABC News reports that the University of Virginia responded to the legal opinion by sending a letter to the campus community Monday noting that “‘Attorney General opinions, though they do not have the force of law the way a court ruling does, nonetheless warrant careful consideration.’ They wrote that ‘the issue is moot for us at UVA,’ because more than 99 percent of its students are already fully vaccinated, including booster shots.”
However, UVA said it will not disenroll students who have […]
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
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