UMass student challenging school's vaccine policy

UMass student challenging school's vaccine policy

UMass student challenging school's vaccine policy

A student who says he "will never be an anti-vaxxer" is suing his university over its requirement that everyone on campus be vaccinated against COVID-19.

"I'm not an anti-vaxxer, I have never been an anti-vaxxer, and I will never be an anti-vaxxer," Hunter Harris recently told the "Fox and Friends" program about his federal lawsuit against the University of Massachusetts Lowell. "There's just a lack of transparency at the moment in that information is never consistent with our government and the science, as the CDC, the WHO, and the White House -- they all give different answers to the same question. And this specific vaccination has not been around long enough for me to feel comfortable taking it yet."

Attorney Ryan McLane of The Family Freedom Endeavor, the law firm representing Harris, points out that the COVID shot has not been mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

"I am unaware of any state that's mandated this," says McLane. "No governor has mandated this in any sort of emergency powers that these vaccines be mandated for the citizens, so I do believe it is outside of what the school's authority is to do. And we're now actually seeing studies in even Massachusetts, where there is a Cape Cod study saying 74% of the people hospitalized were vaccinated."

Harris, a junior at UMass-Lowell, said he will most likely be allowed to attend online classes this fall, but he feels discriminated against in that he will not be able to experience college the same way other students will. And while he has the option of applying to another school, Harris does not want to do that.

"I want to go back to what I had," he told Fox News. "I really do."

American Family News is seeking comment from UMASS-Lowell.

Meanwhile, Twila Brase, RN and president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, is pleased to see students like Harris standing up against injection mandates at their schools.

"These young people have the least to fear from the virus, and the colleges should not be allowed to discriminate against them because they choose not to get an experimental genetic injection," she contends. "The COVID-19 shot could cause harmful adverse reactions, has yet-to-be-determined long-term effects, and is now showing how ineffective it is."

Brase points out that more than 5,100 vaccinated people in Massachusetts have gotten COVID since getting vaccinated, and at least 80 have died.

"Mandating it wrongly implies safety," she concludes. "The COVID-19 injection does not make anyone safe."