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    Judge pauses WMU’s athlete vaccine mandate, denies halt of MSU’s mandate

    A federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order barring Western Michigan University from mandating COVID-19 vaccination among its athletes. 

    But Maloney denied a request for a temporary restraining order from a Michigan State University employee who is suing the university over its vaccine mandate on the argument that she has immunity.

    U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney’s 14-day pause on Western’s vaccine mandate for athletes comes after four student athletes sued the university Monday on the grounds that the requirement violated their religious beliefs. 

    After the university denied their request for religious exemptions, the athletes were set to be permanently kicked off their teams if they weren’t vaccinated prior to Tuesday. 

    Maloney said Tuesday that Western’s mandate “is not justified by a compelling interest and is not narrowly tailored,” elements that are required if there is an infringement on religious rights. 

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