With new CDC guidelines that essentially acknowledge people who are vaccinated are not protected from infection from COVID-19, attorneys who have filed lawsuits on behalf of military members, students, health-care workers and others argue there is no longer a case for mandates.
Millions have lost their livelihoods and faced exclusion “from everyday life activities and basic medical care” because of “a differentiation that the CDC now admits does not make sense,” wrote Michael Senger, an attorney with the New Civil Liberties Alliance, which has filed many cases arguing for the efficacy of natural immunity from infection, Just the News reported.
“This implies that mandates based on 2-dose vaccination are now useless” and the case for booster mandates is not much stronger, Yale University epidemiologist Harvey Risch wrote Friday on his Telegram channel.
“This was the only potential compelling interest in vaccine mandates.”
Attorney Jenin Younes of the New Civil Liberties Alliance said in an email that the defendants in its natural-immunity lawsuits will argue the new CDC guidance makes their lawsuits moot.
“However, because we argued that their constitutional rights were already violated, and we are seeking recognition of that going forward, the courts should not dismiss the appeals (or cases still pending in lower courts) on mootness grounds,” Younes wrote.
Attorney R. Davis Younts told Just the News the new CDC guidance won’t change military mandates “but absolutely should.
He argued “the whole justification for denying religious accommodation [requests] is that there’s no safe alternative to the vaccine.”
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver told Just the News it “seems like every day the FDA or the CDC or some report continues to confirm what we’ve been saying, that there’s no reason for these shots” to be mandatory.
U.S. Freedom Flyers cofounder Joshua Yoder, whose group challenged vaccine mandates for pilots, wrote in an email that the new guidance is “another mile marker in the long march of incompetence from Washington bureaucrats that claims to follow ‘science’ yet this science has been out for well over a year and has been by the CDC and the corporations that are clearly state actors.”
First Liberty Institute senior counsel David Hacker told Just the News the Department of Defense must “rescind its ill-conceived vaccine mandate or provide religious accommodation” for First Liberty’s clients.
Among the clients are Navy SEALs and Air Force members.