More than 100 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital are suing hospitals for wanting employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Complaints filed by 117 employees allege they were illegally required to be vaccinated, according to The Washington Post.
The plaintiff alleged that the hospital was “Forcing employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment,” the newspaper reported.
The suit comes as the June 7 deadline approaches for officials to vaccinate under Houston Methodist̵7;s new policy.
Houston Methodist used to be first hospital system in the United States to mandate vaccines for employees. Administrative officials are vaccinated until April 15.
The plaintiff alleged that the mandate “Requires employees to undergo medical trials as a prerequisite to feed their families,” the Post reported. “Experimental injection of COVID-19 mRNA gene modification”
In a statement by The Hill, Houston Methodist said, “Unfortunately, the few remaining employees who refuse to be vaccinated and have our patients first responded in this way.”
“Covid-19 vaccine It has been proven through rigorous testing to be very safe and effective. And it’s not an experiment,” the hospital said. “More than 165 million people in the United States alone have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and this has resulted in the fewest infections in our country and in the Houston region in more than a year.”
About 99 percent of the Houston Methodist’s 26,000 employees have met their vaccination requirements. The hospital told The Hill.
Equal Opportunity Committee said friday Federal law does not prevent employers from requiring all employees to “go to work” to be vaccinated.
However, employers still need to accommodate employees who decide not to get vaccinated — due to disability or religious reasons.