More than 100 workers in the Houston Methodist Hospital system filed a lawsuit on Friday over their employer's forced vaccination policy COVID-19, which says they will be vaccinated by June 7 or lose their jobs.
"For the first time in the history of the United States, an employer forces an employee to participate in an experimental vaccine trial as a condition of continued employment," the lawsuit, filed by 117 defendants in Montgomery County, Texas, filed against named corresponding to The Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist and The Woodlands Hospital.
"Methodist Hospital forces its employees to be human" guinea pigs "as a condition of continued employment," the suit states. "It is undeniable that the vaccine imposed on the plaintiffs is" not approved. "Even though the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for emergency use … the clinical trials the FDA will rely on to ultimately decide whether to license these and other COVID-1
The lawsuit claims that a sharp increase in Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Systems reports if the COVID-19 vaccine "adds one year's worth of VAERS reports each week."
"In just four months, more negative reports have been added to the VAERS database than any single vaccine has had cumulatively in the last 31 years," it says in the suit. "This is clearly a safety signal, further studies need to be done and plaintiffs should not be forced to take part in these dangerous trials as a condition of employment."
The hospital system recently in March said it would require its 26,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or subjected to suspension and / or dismissal, and on Friday stated that more than 99% of workers have been vaccinated as a result. While the hospital system was among the first employers in the United States to require the vaccine for employment, legal experts say more employers can follow the course.
In a statement, the Houston Methodist said that it is “unfortunate that the few remaining employees who refuse to be vaccinated and put our patients first and respond in this way. "
" The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be very safe and very effective and not experimental, "says the hospital. "More than 165 million people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines alone, and this has resulted in the lowest number of infections in our country and in the Houston region in more than a year."
A hospital spokeswoman on Tuesday referred to the US Gender Equality Commission's recent announcement Friday that "(F) Eeder organization's laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees who physically enter the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, as long as employers follow the reasonable approach provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other equal employment opportunities.
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