June 1, 2021 – A group of 117 people working at the Houston Methodist Health System have filed a lawsuit against the medical center for a policy requiring employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs objection has been raised.
Plaintiffs include Jennifer Bridges, a medical-surgical nurse at the hospital who has become the public face and voice of health care workers opposing compulsory vaccination, as well as Bob Nevens, the hospital’s director of corporate risk.
Nevens says the hospital needed him to get vaccinated, even though he doesn’t treat patients and has been working from home for the past year.
“My civil rights and liberties have been crushed,” he says Posted in comments on an online petition. “My right to protect myself from its unknown side effects” Vaccines ‘Leading Medicine’ is placed under the optics.”
Nevens says in his comments that he was fired on April 15, although the lawsuit says he is currently employed at the hospital’s corporate office.
The Texas attorney who filed the lawsuit, Jared Woodfil, is known to champion conservative causes. In March 2020, he challenged Harris County’s stay-at-home order, alleging it violated religious freedom. He was chairman of the Harris County Republican Party for more than a decade. His website says he is a frequent guest on the local Fox News affiliate.
The lawsuit hinges on a section of federal law that authorizes the emergency use of medical products: US Code 360bbb-3.
That law states that those who receive the medical product “should be informed of the option to accept or decline the administration of the product, the consequences, if any, of refusing to administer the product, and Be informed about the available product alternatives and their benefits and risks.”
Legal experts are divided on what the provision for a vaccination mandate means. The courts have yet to take a look at how they stand on the law.
The petition also reiterates a popular anti-vaccination argument, comparing the need for a Vaccination Approved for emergency use of medical experiments conducted by Nazi doctors on Jewish prisoners in concentration camps. It says to force people to choose between an experimental Vaccination And the job is a violation of the Nuremberg Code, which says that human subjects must voluntarily and knowingly consent to participate in research.
In fact, vaccines have already been tested clinical trials. People who are receiving them now are not part of those studies, although vaccine manufacturers, regulators and safety experts are still watching closely for any signs of problems associated with the new shots.
However, it is true that the emergency use authorization granted by the FDA hastened the process of bringing the vaccines to market. vaccine makers Now completing the process To submit a completed Biologics License Application, or BLA, documents required for a device to be used for FDA full approval
Houston Methodist sent employees an email in April, giving them until June 7 to begin the vaccination process or apply for a medical or religious exemption. Those who decide not to do so will be eliminated.
The health care system’s president and CEO, Mark Boom, has explained that the policy is in place to protect patients and claims to be the first in the US to require it. Other hospitals, including the University of Pennsylvania Health System, have since followed suit by requiring COVID vaccines.