Court Rejects Vaccine Mandate In San Diego School District

San Diego Unified says it ‘will consider its next steps’
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 21: A vial of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, labeled for ages 2 to 5 during research but still acceptable for children below age 2, is seen at UW Medical Center - Roosevelt on June 21, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began today across the U.S.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)Washington. Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began today across the U.S.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • This week, the California 4th District Court of Appeal ruled against the San Diego Unified School District’s mandatory student vaccine requirement.
  • The appellate court said the school district does not have the authority to enact its own mandate.
  • The district claimed the mandate is not actually a mandate because students can do at-home independent study if they choose to not get the vaccine.
  • The court rejected this claim and wrote, “We doubt that students and their parents perceive a real choice. For some, independent study would likely be a step backwards.”

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