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University employee sues over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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A Michigan State University employee is suing the school over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The lawsuit was filed by Jeanna Norris, as an administrative associate and fiscal officer at MSU.

It asks that a judge stop MSU from enforcing its vaccine mandate.

Norris says she contracted COVID-19 last year and has been advised by her immunologist that vaccination isn’t necessary, due to her level of antibodies.

That advice goes against MSU’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which excludes natural immunity as a basis for a medical exemption.

Jenin Younes is representing Norris in the lawsuit.

“Norris has durable, robust natural immunity. Her levels are as good or better than the best vaccines”

The lawsuit says Norris is being threatened with disciplinary action, up to termination.

In July, MSU announced it would be mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty and staff with proof to be submitted by August 31.

The university says it is not commenting on pending litigation.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.