By: Konrad Holden
One Texas hospital has given its staff an ultimatum: get vaccinated or get fired. 117 staffers are pushing back in court. The staff is asserting that the vaccine mandate violates the Nuremberg Code, which was created in response to the medical experimentation performed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The policy states that hospital employees have until June 7th to get the vaccine.
In April, Houston Methodist Hospital announced that all staff would be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine or be terminated. The hospital is the first in the U.S. to announce this type of policy.
While the vast majority of the hospital’s staff are vaccinated, a few workers have denied the vaccine. One nurse, Jennifer Bridges, decided to push back and has led an effort to sue the hospital in Texas state court.
The lawsuit represents 117 Houston Methodist Hospital staff. The court filings allege that the policy violates the Nuremberg Code which was written to respond to the Nazi’s medical experimentation on Jews during the Holocaust.
Because the vaccines haven’t gone through the normal approval process by the FDA, but have only been authorized for emergency use, the staffers assert that they should not be required to receive them. And in fact, current CDC rules indicate that the vaccine cannot be required due to their minimal testing.
The lawsuit also charges the hospital with violating Texas’ at-will employment laws.
According to the policy, employees have until June 7th to get vaccinated.
“Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment. This, as a matter of fact, is a gene modification medical experiment on human beings, performed without informed consent. It is a severe and blatant violation of the Nuremberg Code and the public policy of the state of Texas.” - Jared Woodfill, attorney representing the 117 hospital staff