More than 180 hospital employees in Minnesota are suing their employers over COVID vaccine regulations.
The Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Regions Hospital are among the 24 health institutions and federal health authorities cited in the case filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.
The health care professionals are seeking an injunction against the vaccine mandates at their workplaces, claiming that they violate their religious freedom as well as other state and federal laws.
“Plaintiffs’ employers are putting a significant burden on their employees not to practice their religious-based opposition to the COVID-19 immunization or live under the fear of having their religious exemption revoked at any time,” according to the lawsuit.
People with religious reservations, pregnant women, and young, healthy people are among the concerned health care workers, which includes physicians, nurses, technologists, and pharmacists. One of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs told the Star-Tribune that “it’s a coin flip whether they’re in worse shape with COVID or the vaccine.”
“If people thought COVID was delaying health care, that’s nothing compared to what’s going to happen when you fire all these folks,” said Gregory Erickson, the attorney.
According to the lawsuit, the health workers chose to remain nameless in the lawsuit owing to “pressure on becoming vaccinated.”
“The same ‘front line’ health care workers hailed as heroes by the media for treating patients before vaccines were available, and even for months after vaccines were available, including the Plaintiff employees herein, are now vilified by the media as pariahs who must be set apart from society until they are shamed, threatened, or now mandated into vaccinating,” according to the lawsuit.
Some health workers, as well as those in other states, have been outraged by the recent surge in vaccine mandates.
Hundreds of state troopers have quit in Massachusetts as a result of the state’s vaccine mandate for state employees, according to a police union. The union filed a lawsuit against the order, claiming that it would inflict officers “irreparable harm.”
Health professionals protested in New York, demanding that their decision on whether or not to take the vaccine be honored. The vaccine mandate for all health care employees in New York went into force on Monday.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated, “Holding fast on the vaccine mandate for health care professionals is simply the proper thing to do to protect our vulnerable family members and loved ones against COVID-19.”
President Biden announced earlier this month that all government employees must take a coronavirus vaccine or face disciplinary action. Companies with 100 or more employees, according to the president, must compel all staff to be vaccinated or require them to be tested once a week.
“We’ve been patient,” Biden continued, “but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost us all.”