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Athletes, worker challenge vaccine rules at Michigan schools

Four female soccer players at Western Michigan University are challenging the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for athletes Monday, saying it violates beliefs.
Credit: Mike Lacett

LANSING, Mich. — Four female soccer players at Western Michigan University are challenging the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for athletes Monday, saying it violates their Christian beliefs. 

The lawsuit filed Monday comes days after a Michigan State University employee sued over its broader mandate that applies to all students, faculty and staff. 

The players say Western Michigan required them to get a shot by Tuesday or be removed from the team. 

They were denied religious exemptions. 

The Michigan State worker says she has natural immunity because she had COVID-19. 

Her complaint seeks class-action status for other school employees previously infected with the coronavirus.

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