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Federal Judge Rules Against Vaccine Mandate for VCOM Students

BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order preventing Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) from requiring students get vaccinated as a condition for their enrollment.

"Even during a pandemic, we must protect the rights of our citizens," said Attorney General Jeff Landry. "I'm pleased with the court's decision and glad these students can focus on what's important: their education."

Solicitor General Liz Murrill, on behalf of the Attorney General, worked with the plaintiff students and their attorney in achieving this favorable outcome.

"This is a win for the people of Louisiana who have sincerely held religious convictions and other reservations about these vaccines," added Solicitor General Murrill. "The bottom line is that the law and constitution still apply. We are grateful to Judge Doughty for protecting their rights and upholding the rule of law, and we will continue to work toward an acceptable resolution."

"We're very happy with the decision," said Michael DuBos - the attorney representing the VCOM students. "We feel it is important to respect individual rights, especially in a time of crisis. If not, it sets a dangerous precedent."