American News May 30, 2021 6:59 PM EST

Healthcare workers sue Houston hospital over COVID-19 vaccine mandate for forcing staff to be human 'guinea pigs'

A group of 117 staff from Houston's Methodist Hospital sued on Friday to prevent their employer from forcing them to get vaccinated in order to continue working there.

Healthcare workers sue Houston hospital over COVID-19 vaccine mandate for forcing staff to be human 'guinea pigs'
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A group of 117 staff members from Houston's Methodist Hospital sued on Friday to prevent their employer from forcing them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue working there.

The lawsuit claims that it's illegal for their boss to require a vaccine as a condition of employment, and was filed by Jared Woodfill, a local lawyer, on behalf of the plaintiffs in Texas State Court.

According to the Washington Post, this group is part of a growing trend of such actions across the country. In the publication's words, "the staffers join a growing list of employees challenging compulsory immunizations at businesses, colleges and other workplaces essential to the country’s reopening."

Among other things, the suit alleges that the vaccine requirements are a violation of the Nuremburg Code, an international document which prohibits things like medical procedures to be performed without the patient's consent.

In one part of the complaint, it reads: "Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human 'guinea pigs' as a condition for continued employment."

All of the COVID-19 vaccines in use within the United States are currently allowed under emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, and none of them has been formally approved in the long-term as of the time of this writing.

The requirement by the hospital may very soon wind up being illegal in Texas and nationwide. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced a bill that would ban the federal government from being able to institute vaccine passports.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has also announced plans to introduce a similar bill at the state level which would do the same thing.

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