COVID-19

Judge halts WMU vaccine requirement

Soccer players are suing the university over its vaccine rules for athletes. A judge wants them to be able to play until a hearing can happen.

A federal judge has put a temporary hold on a rule that would bar four Western Michigan University soccer players from playing due to their vaccination status.

On Monday, far-right advocacy group the Great Lakes Justice Center filed suit against WMU claiming the students’ religious rights were being violated because they refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19. WMU athletics’ policy is that all players must be vaccinated.

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On Tuesday, Federal District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney granted a restraining order effectively allowing the students to play until a hearing next week.

A spokesperson for WMU said the rule barred the students from playing but did not strip away their athletics scholarships.

[WWMT, MLive]

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