A San Diego judge ruled Monday against the San Diego Unified School District‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students 16 and older on the final day for students to be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes next semester.

Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer granted a writ of mandate for a lawsuit filed by the group “Let Them Choose,” which sought to keep the school district‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect by arguing it did not comply with state law.

In a tentative ruling, Judge Meyer sided with the Let Them Choose Group stating that the school district‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate cannot move forward because it conflicts with state law, which says any decision to mandate vaccines must be made at the state level and must also include a “personal belief exemption” if the mandate is not imposed by the state Legislature.

San Diego Unified‘s mandate does not include religious or personal belief exemptions.  NBCSanDiego