A California professor is suing the university where he works over a COVID-19 vaccination mandate, saying he has already contracted the virus and is now “naturally immune” to it.
Aaron Kheriaty, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California Irvine’s School of Medicine, filed a lawsuit against the school, saying he contracted COVID-19 in July 2020.
The University of California school system announced in July 2021 that all faculty, staff and students MUST be vaccinated against the virus two weeks before fall semester classes begin.
“In fighting off the virus, his body created a robust natural immunity against every antigen on the COVID-19 virus, not just against the virus’s spike protein as happens with the COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement said. lawsuit.
Psychiatry professor Aaron Kheriaty is suing UC Irvine over university vaccine mandate, saying previous COVID-19 infection means he is ‘naturally immune’ to virus
The University of California system (pictured) announced in July 2021 that all faculty, staff and students must be vaccinated against COVID two weeks before they are expected to be on campus for the fall semester
“Nevertheless, the UCI has told Plaintiff that he cannot return to his teaching position unless he receives a COVID-19 vaccine.”
“So UC is treating him differently by refusing to let him back on campus while other individuals deemed immune to the virus are re-admitted simply because their immunity was created by a vaccine.”
A recent University of Missouri study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases said that while there is a low risk of being re-infected with COVID-19, the stakes are higher for some.
According to the study, 63 out of 9,119 people — less than one percent — with severe COVID-19 symptoms got the virus again, on average, three and a half months after testing positive the first time.
Recent studies have shown that people who get vaccinated after contracting COVID-19 have a lower risk of being reinfected than those who have not been vaccinated
Another study led by the University of Kentucky showed that COVID-19 vaccines provide better protection against reinfection than natural immunity.
In a group of 740 people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the past, those who had not yet been vaccinated were more than twice as likely to contract the virus again than people who received a double shot.
Although research is underway to compare vaccine protection and natural immunization against infection, experts still strongly advise taking an injection after infection.
PICTURED: A sign in one of the student housing communities lets students know what they can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the University of California, Irvine
“There’s nothing harmful about getting a boost for an immune response you’ve had before,” Dr. Marion Pepper, an immunologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, told The New York Times.
“You could get an even better immune response by boosting the immunity you had from the first infection with a vaccine.”
In the lawsuit, Kheriaty, a doctor, claims he is “naturally immune to the virus” and is “less likely to infect other individuals than those who have been vaccinated.”
It labels the vaccine mandate as “irrational,” saying, “by targeting people who have had the virus but have not been vaccinated, the mandate is unfairly selecting an unpopular group for disparate treatment.”
The number of new cases has risen 18 percent in the US in the past two weeks
Meanwhile, the number of infections in the US has continued to rise, taking into account the percentage of the general population that is hesitant to vaccinate and the delta variant – the dominant strain of the virus in the US.
Nearly 4.50 million cases have been reported in California, and the seven-day average of new cases is 151,191 as of Sept. 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The reported number of COVID-19-related deaths is 66,153 in California since the start of the pandemic.
The number of new cases has risen 18 percent nationwide in the past two weeks, and hospitalizations have increased by 18 percent in the same period as Sept. 2, according to The New York Times.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Sept. 2, more than 205 million people received at least one shot of a vaccine, covering 61.9 percent of the population.
At least 174 million eligible people in the US are fully vaccinated.