Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

Session – Vaccine Mandates–The ADA, Vaccination & Medical Exemptions: A Double-Edged Sword

Time: 3:50PM – 4:50PM, Thursday, September 15, 2022
Location: Van Metre Hall Auditorium

This session will examine issues arising from efforts to obtain medical exemptions from vaccination. Matters covered will include:

  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act/Americans Disabilities Amendments Act, Rehabilitation Act on 1973, and EEOC Guidance.
  • Legal duties of physicians in determining whether a patient should receive a medical exemption.
  • Consequences of providing unwarranted medical exemptions.
  • Question of the degree to which natural immunity to a vaccine-preventable disease asserted to have been acquired through infection with the disease should constitute a basis for a medical exemption.


Dr. Jerry Williamson, Physician and Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Dorit Rubenstein Reiss, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Y. Tony YangProfessor of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Nursing

Todd J. Zywicki, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School