A Texas hospital was being sued by 117 employees for turning them into COVID-19 vaccine “guinea pigs” and breaking the law by requiring they get the shot. Unfortunately, the lawsuit failed.
The plaintiffs filed suit against Houston Methodist Hospital, the latest group of workers to challenge mandatory inoculations at essential workplaces, The Washington Post reported.
The lawsuit states that compulsory vaccines violate the Nuremberg Code, which was created as a reaction to Nazi medical experiments against prisoners in concentration camps, the newspaper reported.
“Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment,” the complaint states, according to the paper.
The mandate “requires the employee to subject themselves to medical experimentation as a prerequisite to feeding their families,” plaintiffs reportedly allege.
The lawsuit also calls COVID-19 vaccines an “experimental COVID-19 mRNA gene modification injection,” which has been proven and stated by countless medical professionals, and government agencies, including the CDC.
“Experts” counteracted allegations that the vaccines are experimental, saying they’ve gone through rigorous testing, have been demonstrated to be overwhelmingly safe and have no capacity to alter DNA. Lol..
“This claim is absurd indeed,” said Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University, according to the newspaper.
“After the emergency use authorization of these vaccines, there have since been hundreds of millions of people being vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines with excellent safety record,” Iwasaki said.
Lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges said even though she has taken “every vaccine known to man,” she fears that the COVID-19 shot’s safety is unproven, according to the article.
Hospital leaders say it is not illegal for health-care institutions to mandate immunizations.
“As health-care workers, it is our sacred obligation to do whatever we can to protect our patients, who are the most vulnerable in our community,” Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist told The Washington Post. “We proudly stand by our employees and our mission to protect our patients.”
Employees had until June 7 to get the vaccine, and 99 percent of the hospital’s 26,000 workers have so far complied, Boom told the paper.
“It is unfortunate,” he told the newspaper, “that the few remaining employees who refuse to get vaccinated and put our patients first are responding in this way.”
On Friday, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission posted updated guidelines that appear to give employers additional leeway with workers that flout vaccination mandates.
“Employers should keep in mind that because some individuals or demographic groups may face greater barriers to receiving a covid-19 vaccination than others,” it said, “some employees may be more likely to be negatively impacted by a vaccination requirement.”
Federal judge ruling
A federal judge tossed out the lawsuit from more than the 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy requiring all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The workers stated in their lawsuit that the hospital was “forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment.” They also accused the hospital of violating the Nuremberg Code of 1947, likening the vaccine mandate to Nazi medical experimentation on concentration camp prisoners.
US District Judge Lynn Hughes was not sympathetic to either argument, writing in his order of dismissal Saturday evening that none of the employees were forced or coerced to take the vaccine. He also noted that the hospital cannot violate the Nuremberg Code because it is a private employer, not a government.
“Equating the injection requirement to medical experimentation in concentration camps is reprehensible,” Hughes wrote. “Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on victims that caused pain, mutilation, permanent disability, and in many cases, death.”
He added that the workers were free to accept or reject a vaccine and that they would “simply need to work elsewhere” if they chose the latter.
“If a worker refuses an assignment, changed office, earlier start time, or other directive, he may be properly fired. Every employment includes limits on the worker’s behavior in exchange for his remuneration,” Hughes wrote. “That is all part of the bargain.”
The lawyer representing the hospital staff, Jared Woodfill, told Insider in a statement he intends to appeal the ruling to a federal appeals court and to the US Supreme Court if necessary.
“This is just one battle in a larger war to protect the rights of employees to be free from being forced to participate in a vaccine trial as a condition for employment,” Woodfill said. “Employment should not be conditioned upon whether you will agree to serve as a human guinea pig.”
The hospital has already suspended 178 workers who have missed the vaccine deadline
The hospital’s policy also contained exemptions for workers with sincerely held religious beliefs and certain medical conditions, including pregnancy.
Since then, the hospital system has suspended 178 workers who didn’t meet the vaccination deadline. They will be fired if they aren’t vaccinated by June 21.
The lawsuit called the COVID-19 vaccines “experimental,” and noted that none have been granted full approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA has granted “emergency use authorization” to the three major vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
According to them, each of the vaccines have undergone rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants. Pfizer and BioNTech have already applied for full approval of their vaccine and Moderna has announced plans to apply soon.
In a statement to Insider, Houston Methodist’s president and CEO, Dr. Marc Boom, praised the hospital system’s 26,000 guinea pigs.. I mean employees who received the vaccine.
“Our employees and physicians made their decisions for our patients, who are always at the center of everything we do,” he said. “We can now put this behind us and continue our focus on unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation.”