A Christian nursing student joyously celebrated her graduation on August 12, 2022, but that happy day was once threatened by her school’s COVID shot mandate.
In 2021, a Liberty Counsel affiliate attorney, Jenn Vasquez, came to the aid of Doris Perez, a nursing student enrolled in the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. A demand letter was issued to the university requesting an accommodation for Doris’ religious beliefs.
“I was threatened by my program Co-Director to get kicked out of the program because I refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to my religious beliefs,” said Perez, who reached out to Liberty Counsel about her situation. She said she spent many nights “crying myself to sleep from the uncertainty” regarding the potential outcome of her situation.
Perez now has “BSN” after her name, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing after 5½ years of study in her field. On August 12, 2022, she participated in her nurse pinning ceremony.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Congratulations to Doris Perez on the completion of her nursing degree and the start of her health care career. We are proud of Doris for not compromising her religious beliefs. No one should be forced to take the COVID shots. No one should be forced to abandon their sincerely held religious convictions in a nation founded upon religious freedom.”