Houston Methodist Hospital on Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccine Lawsuit

The Houston Methodist Hospital has given staff a deadline to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but a handful of staff are complaining and refusing to be vaccinated.

And so it begins. Lawsuits begin against proposed vaccination mandates for employees across the country. While an impressive number of people in the US have already been fully vaccinated, there are still plenty of people who, for one reason or another, choose to skip the vaccine for the time being. This does not go down well with some employers and causes some to request it. However, staff at a Texas hospital did not have it and filed a lawsuit as a result.

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According to a lawsuit filed by 117 unvaccinated employees, the Houston Methodist Hospital “gave employees until June 7th to receive the vaccine or risk suspension and termination.” The complaint states:

“Methodist Hospital forces its staff to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a prerequisite for continued employment.”

The lawsuit also notes that the vaccine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use only and was not fully approved and licensed. This makes some people a little more reluctant to roll up their sleeves. In addition, the lawsuit also refers to the Nuremberg Code, “which prohibits forced medical experimentation and again argues that the vaccine is experimental and potentially unsafe”.

Jared Woodfill is the plaintiffs’ attorney. He said the “hospital is trying to vaccinate employees to increase profitability”. He added:

“To promote their business and increase profits at the expense of other health care providers and the health of their employees, the defendants publicly advertise that they require all employees and employed doctors to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Medics have repeatedly shot at claims that the vaccine is experimental. Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University, said:

“That claim is absurd indeed … There have been tens of thousands of people in Phase 3 clinical trials for the mRNA vaccines and no safety concerns have been identified.”

Methodist CEO Marc Boom said that 99% of the hospital system’s workforce has been fully vaccinated to date and that health care workers have a “sacred obligation” to get vaccinated. He added:

“It is unfortunate that the few remaining staff who refuse to get vaccinated and put our patients first are reacting this way … It is legal for health care facilities to prescribe vaccines, as we have done with the flu vaccine since 2009 have done. 19 vaccines have been shown to be very safe and very effective in rigorous studies and are not experimental. “

None of the unvaccinated plaintiffs are doctors. Some are nurses and the others are not health care providers.

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