(TheRedWire.com) – As America emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, threats against personal liberties are growing. Late in 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for three COVID-19 vaccinations. By the beginning of 2021, the race was on to vaccinate as many people as possible. To this day, the three COVID-19 vaccinations don’t have full FDA approval.
It’s also notable that the US government is not mandating vaccinations, but they strongly recommend them. Over the last few months, COVID-19 contractions, hospitalizations, and deaths dropped quickly. Many healthcare workers made incredible sacrifices during the pandemic. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff worked relentlessly and tirelessly to save as many lives as possible, at great risk to their own health.
Yet, one hospital is firing staff who refuse to vaccinate. One nurse, in particular, went public after suing the Houston hospital.
This Is the Thanks?
Houston Methodist Hospital is the first known company to face a legal challenge after requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment. On Tuesday, June 22, the hospital confirmed that 153 employees either resigned or were terminated for refusing to get vaccinated.
Registered Nurse Jennifer Bridges was among those terminated. She said she contracted COVID-19 last summer and has natural immunity. She alleges that the hospital’s response was not empathetic or considerate of her sacrifices.
Bridges added that the pandemic was horrible and took its toll on hospital workers. Worse still, the ones making the rules now weren’t even around during the pandemic. They were working from home, and no one saw them for months.
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit
Bridges and others teamed up to sue the hospital. They alleged the forced vaccinations were akin to the medical experiments Nazis performed on holocaust victims during World War II. Unfortunately for them, US District Judge Lynn Hughes said the comparison was “reprehensible.”
In his summary dismissal of the case, the judge also called their claim that the vaccinations are “experimental and dangerous,” both false and irrelevant. The hospital system stated that hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been given safely nationwide, including three rounds of clinical trials.
The case will head to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, widely considered the most conservative of the appellate courts. The next highest court is the Supreme Court, where the case could ultimately end up on appeal.
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