Staff Member Sues MSU, Claims She’s ‘Naturally Immunized’
A Michigan State University employee has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that she's "naturally immunized" because she contracted the coronavirus last year.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Jeanna Norris, contends that the school's vaccine mandate is unlawful.
“Plaintiff has already contracted and fully recovered from COVID-19,” her complaint filed in US District Court reads. “As a result, she has naturally acquired immunity, confirmed unequivocally by two recent SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests.”
The 49-page document goes on to say that Ms. Norris' employer does not have a compelling reason to enforce the mandate that requires Michigan State University faculty members and students to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by August 31.
“Given the her [sic] naturally acquired immunity, MSU cannot establish a compelling governmental interest in overriding the personal autonomy and constitutional rights of Plaintiff and those who are similarly situated by forcing them either to be vaccinated or to suffer adverse professional consequences,” an excerpt from her lawsuit says.
The lawsuit also alleges that the COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the Pfizer Comarity vaccine that has gained full FDA approval is distinct from the Pfizer vaccine that was approved for emergency use.
Federal and state health officials, however, have stated that relying on natural antibodies created by contracting the virus does not lead to a full sense of immunity.
According to the Lansing State Journal and WLNS-TV, MSU officials have declined to comment on the lawsuit.