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1000.01000 – In General; Test for Subjects Not Specifically Enumerated

The University issued the mandatory influenza vaccination policy because of grave concerns by its experts (as well as the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that the 2020-2021 flu season, combined with the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, had the potential to overwhelm its hospitals due to the simultaneous spread of both respiratory illnesses. The implementation of the University’s influenza vaccination policy was a direct response to a potential confluence of the COVID-19 global pandemic and an outbreak of the influenza virus causing catastrophic outcomes and needless loss of life. This potential catastrophe affected not just University employees, but also its students and the general public who may have needed to use University hospitals. Under these unprecedented circumstances, requiring the University to negotiate the decision to require influenza vaccination would abridge its right to determine public health policy during a pandemic. (p. 25.)