Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas is facing a class action lawsuit from 117 unvaccinated employees. The employees accuse the hospital of mandating vaccinations for medical staff in order to boost vaccination numbers, or they will have to find other employment.
The plaintiffs argued in Montgomery County state court last Friday (May 28) that the vaccine is only being used for emergency purposes and that the hospital’s forced vaccination is tantamount to human experimentation, and they do not want to be “guinea pigs,” so they urged the judge to end the mandate.
According to the lawsuit, the employees said “Houston Methodist Hospital forced its employees to become human ‘guinea pigs’ … These vaccination mandates involved requiring employees to undergo medical experiments as a prerequisite for providing for their families.” They object to receiving “experimental COVID-19 mRNA” vaccines from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna, noting that “for the first time in U.S. history, an employer is forcing employees to participate in experimental vaccine trials as a condition of continued employment. “
The lawsuit states that employer-mandated vaccinations are problematic regulations because even though the FDA “has granted emergency access to these products, there is much that the agency does not know about them, including the vaccine’s effectiveness against infection, death and transmission of SARS-CoV-2.”
Pfizer and Modena’s vaccines were granted emergency access last December. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, on the other hand, was approved earlier this year.
The plaintiffs cite a letter from Marc Boom, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. In the letter, Boom instructed “employees to review the human resources policy, which outlines the consequences of non-compliance by June 7, including suspension and eventual termination.”
David Bernard, the hospital’s division chief executive, also told an employee, according to the lawsuit, that “100 percent vaccination is more important than your personal freedom … each of you [positions] is replaceable. If you don’t like your job, you can leave and we’ll (find someone) to take your place.”
But a hospital spokesman disputed that statement in a statement to The Epoch Times, saying that Bernard “did not say that to the disgruntled employee” and that he “respects all employees – we are an organization based on (inclusion) values, and respect is one of our core values.”
The spokesman attached to the statement federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines stating that the government recommends that employers may vaccinate their employees.
Plaintiffs’ defense attorney Jared Woodfill said the defendant’s mandatory vaccination policy is a “gross and flagrant violation” of the Nuremberg Code, which was introduced in 1947 and established after the fall of the Nazi regime in Germany.
Woodfill said, “The institution promoted business and increased profits at the expense of the health of the employees of the medical facility by publicizing that they ‘required all employees and employed physicians to be vaccinated. Apparently, Defendants’ employees were forced to act as human ‘guinea pigs’ in order to increase Defendants’ profits.”
For his part, Dean Boom issued a statement after being sued, saying that the hospital already had 99 percent of its employees vaccinated and that “we proudly support our employees and our mission to protect our patients” and regretted the choice of a few employees. He said, “It is legal for healthcare organizations to mandate vaccinations, as we have done with the flu vaccine since 2009.”