Judge upholds Univ. of California vaccine mandate against a professor who cited natural immunity

A federal judge upheld the University of California’s decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine instead of siding with a professor who said he had natural immunity and didn’t need the shots. It’s believed to be the first ruling of its kind as GOP lawmakers and others urge governments and employers to create exemptions for persons who recovered from COVID-19 and demonstrate antibody levels. U.S. District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California, said Thursday the university acted rationally in imposing a mandate designed to protect public health while failing to provide an exemption for those with natural immunity. The ruling denied a motion for a preliminary injunction by Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatry professor at UC-Irvine.