The protesting workers from Houston Methodist Hospital have already submitted notice with the court that they will appeal after their vaccine mandate lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes on June 14, the notice of appeal stated.
Jennifer Bridges, the nurse leading the protest, promised to file an appeal for herself and 116 other complainants later the same day, June 14.
Previously, 178 employees of Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, where Bridges is a nurse were suspended for 2 weeks without pay for refusing to take the experimental Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus vaccine.
Jared Woodfill, the workers’ lawyer, said this was just one battle in a wider campaign to safeguard workers’ rights to be free from being required to join in a vaccine study as a condition for continued employment. “Employment should not be conditioned upon whether you will agree to serve as a human guinea pig,” he added.
Many fans responded to Bridges’ GoFundMe campaign to cover legal costs, which raised more than $200,000. Her supporters hail her as a “much-needed trailblazer” who is gutsy and fearless. One added the heart emoji and wrote, “FREEDOM.” Another person wrote, “My body, my choice.”
Like hundreds of thousands of other medical practitioners, Bridges caught the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus last year. Her symptoms were modest, which further added to her determination that the injection was not worth taking the risk.
However, Bridges does not consider herself an anti-vaxxer. She waits in line every year for the flu shot, which Houston Methodist began enforcing in 2009. Her main concern is with this particular vaccine. She said the hospital is concealing serious vaccination reactions, including paralysis and death, which were dismissed by the medical establishment and intensely refuted by the hospital.
“Why take that risk of getting those severe adverse reactions that you can’t fix? You know, because once it’s in your body, you can’t take that shot back out”, she said.
The fact that the three vaccines supplied in the United States were all approved for urgent use has been a source of concern for businesses. None have gotten complete approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though Pfizer and Moderna are pursuing it.
Arguments that the vaccination is experimental and hazardous were dismissed by Judge Hughes. Workers who decline to get shots “will simply need to work somewhere else,” the judge warned unless they obtain legitimate health or religious exceptions.
Many legal experts and two federal organizations—the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—declared that companies could mandate employees to get vaccinated. Hughes’ decision backs them up.
The president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital, Marc Boom decided to force all his employees to get vaccinated and fire those who do not; he told Fox News.
In addition to the moral issues associated with the risk of forcing employees to be vaccinated with an experimental concoction, there is a legal issue that is no less controversial.