Houston Hospital Employees Must Get Covid Shot or be Fired
Employees at Houston Methodist Hospital are suing the hospital system for requiring them to get Covid vaccines or be fired.
The web page Medpage Today reports the lawsuit claims the vaccine has not been approved and thus employees should not be required to take the shot.
Houston Methodist, a seven-hospital system, is being charged with wrongful discharge and violating a federal law dictating "that where a medical product is 'unapproved' then no one may be mandated to take it," according to the lawsuit shared with MedPage Today by the employees' joint attorney.
The story quotes the Washington Post in saying the plaintiffs include nurses, receptionists, technicians and administrators.
The 117 plaintiffs are asking for a temporary injunction against firings related to the "illegal" vaccine policy, and requesting a declaration to invalidate the policy altogether.
The suit acknowledges that FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccines. But an EUA "is not an FDA [full] approval," it notes. "There is much the FDA does not know about these products....Further studies need to be done."
The hospital has responded to the suit saying the vaccines have been shown to be safe through rigorous clinical trials according to Medpage.
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