Employees of the Houston Methodist Hospital System had filed a lawsuit against the hospital’s April 2021 decision to require the vaccine for workers. But many employees objected and filed a lawsuit against him, comparing their situation to medical experiments performed on unintentional victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
On June 12, a federal judge dismissed the complaint filed by 117 employees about the requirement. US District Judge Lynn Hughes called the comparison “objectionable” and said the claims made in the lawsuit that the vaccines are experimental and dangerous are false.
The judge said if the employees didn’t like the requirement, they could go and work elsewhere. employees have already appealed against his decision.
A spokesperson for the Houston Methodist Hospital System said 153 employees resigned during the two-week suspension period or were laid off on Tuesday.
Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse who is the main plaintiff in the Houston Methodist lawsuit, said her manager called her Tuesday to ask if she had ever received the vaccine or if she had made an effort to do so.
She said when she said “absolutely not” she was told she had been fired. “We all knew we were going to get fired today. We knew if we didn’t shoot to come back we were going to get fired today. There were no ifs and butes, ”said Ms. Bridges.
The matter was under close scrutiny, as the hospital system’s decision on compulsory vaccination had made it the first major U.S. health system to do so. However, even after the court ruling, debate on the matter is expected to continue.
Kavita Patel, a doctor from Washington, DC, tweeted, “It’s probably going to happen across the country, as many health care facilities are considering a warrant (a news flash, they should). You cannot treat patients and pose a risk to their health.
Houston Methodist President Marc Boom said nearly 25,000 of the system’s more than 26,000 workers have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
“You did the right thing. You have protected our patients, your colleagues, your families and our community. Science proves that vaccines are not only safe but necessary if we are to pass the course against Covid-19, ”Boom said, in a statement to employees.
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