DETROIT – Lawyers for 51 employees have voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit brought this week against Henry Ford Health System’s COVID-19 vaccine warrant.
Kyle VonAllmen, a Clarkston attorney representing employees, withdrew the lawsuit in a two-page document entered on Friday, September 10, the same day the Detroit-based health care system’s immunization mandate goes into effect.
Messages left Friday afternoon with VonAllmen and Ohio attorney Thomas Renz, also representing the plaintiffs, were not immediately returned.
Henry Ford Health System had not filed a response to the complaint, initiated on Monday, September 6. Earlier this week, the health system said it remained convinced that vaccination is the most powerful tool available against the pandemic and declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.
The employees, including three doctors and a number of registered nurses, argued that it was unconstitutional to require staff to be vaccinated and asked a federal judge to rule the warrant unenforceable. They were seeking a temporary restraining order to end the requirement. A hearing was scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m.
The lawsuit, which argued that the vaccines were harmful and potentially fatal, relied on data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is unverified, and included a statement from a Nebraska doctor whose medical opinions are valid. outside the norm.
Dr Lee Merritt of Omaha called the vaccines ineffective because they did not prevent infection with or subsequent transmission of COVID-19, and mistakenly labeled the vaccines “experimental mRNA gene therapy” .
The mRNA vaccines have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for emergency use and have been subjected to the same standards of safety and efficacy as other types of American vaccines. They don’t modify DNA, but teach cells how to make a protein, or even a piece of protein, that triggers an immune response. Although the vaccines are new, researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Henry Ford Health System, a private employer, demanded in late June that its employees, about 33,000 of them, receive COVID-19 vaccines by Friday. It allows religious, spiritual and medical exemptions. Those who do not comply will first be suspended and then fired.
Several other Michigan health systems or hospitals have since followed suit. They include Spectrum Health of Grand Rapids, Trinity Health based in Livonia, and Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.
President Joe Biden, as part of a campaign to increase immunization rates, on Thursday announced measures requiring the immunization of people working in healthcare facilities receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.
Earlier this year, a Texas federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Methodist Hospital in Houston by employees who challenged its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In the United States District Court’s decision for the Southern District of Texas, Judge Lynn N. Hughes said the plaintiffs had no cases; employers are allowed to impose vaccines on their workers.
Federal courts also ruled this summer against eight Indiana University students who argued that the school’s vaccination mandate violated their constitutional rights to bodily integrity, independence and medical choice.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in May that laws do not prevent employers from requiring employees who physically enter workplaces to be vaccinated as long as employers comply. the “reasonable accommodation provisions” of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of color, race, national origin, sex or religion.
Health officials and doctors across the state and nation have hailed the vaccines as safe and highly effective, especially against hospitalization and death. About 4.8 million Michigan residents and 177 million people across the United States have been fully immunized.
Anyone can report a post-vaccination health problem to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Documented health problems are not necessarily caused by a vaccine.
Although more than 7,200 deaths have been reported after a COVID vaccine, a review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link with COVID vaccines -19, according to the CDC.
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