Law professor Todd Zywicki partnered with the New Civil Liberties Alliance to file the lawsuit in a Virginia district court.
Zywicki challenged GMU’s mandatory vaccination policy, which was adopted on June 28.
The policy required professors to reveal their vaccination status “as a prerequisite for eligibility for any merit pay increases.”
GMU also threatened professors with “termination of employment” for failing to obtain the COVID-19 shots or obtain a religious or medical exemption.
The policy did not contain a natural immunity exemption.
“By threatening adverse professional and personal consequences, GMU’s Policy not only directly and palpably harms Professor Zywicki’s bodily autonomy and dignity, but it forces him to endure the stress and anxiety of choosing between his teaching career and his health,” NCLA stated in the lawsuit.
Zywicki’s immunologist, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, advised him not to get the coronavirus shots because his previous infection and recovery ensured near-perfect protection against future illness.
Zywicki received five positive COVID-19 antibody tests dating to July 25, September 29, and December 16, 2020, and February 9 and May 25, 2021.
GMU accepted Zywicki and NCLA’s argument that natural immunity provides superior protection against COVID-19 than the shots, but the university has not added a natural immunity exemption into its policy.
“At times GMU officials have appeared to deny that such a thing as naturally acquired immunity exists,” NCLA said in a release. “This refusal is particularly odd, as the efficacy of the very vaccines GMU wishes to mandate are measured against levels of natural immunity acquired by those who have recovered from Covid-19.”
The Israeli Health Ministry has released data that demonstrates natural immunity’s superiority to vaccination.
Of 7,700 COVID-19 cases since May, more than 3,000 patients had been vaccinated while only 72 had previously contracted the disease.
This means that 40 percent of the patients who contracted COVID-19 were vaccinated while less than 1 percent had natural immunity.