A lawsuit which was taken by 100 hospital workers has been rejected by a US judge. The Houston Methodist Hospital system, located in Texas, suspended 178 employees without pay after they refused to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
The hospital provided a deadline on the 7th of June to allow them to present proof of receiving at least one vaccination.
The suspended staff argued that what the hospital did was illegal as long as the available shots have received only emergency use authorisation from US health authorities.
Judge Lynn Hughes, who agreed with Houston Methodist Hospital, stated that the vaccines’ safety was not an issue and that Texas law can only protect employees from refusing to commit a crime.
Judge Hughes stated, “Receiving a Covid-19 vaccination is not an illegal act, and it carries no criminal penalties,”.
She also disapproved of an analogy made by one of the workers ‘Jennifer Bridges’ who described the threat of being fired for not being vaccinated as being similar to forced medical experimentation during the Holocaust.
Judge Hughes’ response to this statement was that it was reprehensible to equate vaccination requirement to Holocaust medical experimentation.
She added, “It’s a choice made to keep staff, patients and their family safer. Bridges can freely choose to accept or refuse a Covid-19 vaccine; however if she refuses she will simply need to work somewhere else.”