Parents sue SDUSD’s immunization mandate
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 16-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student and her parents filed a complaint Friday against the San Diego Unified School District to block its mandate for the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine for staff and students at over 16 years old.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego on behalf of the family – identified as John, Jane and Jill Doe in the lawsuit – says the high school girl’s religious beliefs prohibit her from getting the shot.
The district last month approved an immunization mandate plan, which requires all students over 16 to receive their second dose by December 20. Unvaccinated students 16 years of age or older will be required to participate in distance learning through independent study. The district plan allows for medical warrant exemptions, but no religious or personal belief exemptions.
School district officials were not immediately available to comment on the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Jill Doe’s religious opposition to abortion prevents her from receiving the vaccine, as she alleges that the three vaccines approved for emergency use, or the materials the vaccines were tested with, have used material derived from stem cell lines of aborted fetuses.
The complaint alleges that Jill Doe “must either give up her faith or register for an independent online study at SDUSD.”
Public health officials have said that although fetal cell lines from decades past have been used in vaccine research and development, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain aborted fetal cells. Fetal cell lines are derived from old fetal cells, which means any vaccine based on historic cell lines does not require or solicit new abortions, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The lawsuit follows one filed earlier this month by local parent group Let Them Choose, which alleges the district lacks the authority to implement a vaccination mandate. The group says the mandate is “unnecessary, illegal, violates students’ right to in-person education and discriminates between people.”