It takes less of a mental leap to understand why hospital staff would also be told, no jab, no job. That hasn’t stopped a nurse from becoming the main plaintiff in an unsuccessful lawsuit against her employer, the Houston Methodist Hospital, for firing workers who refused to be vaccinated. Jennifer Bridges claimed she was asked to become a “human guinea pig”.
The Texas federal judge who dismissed his case said the obvious: “Methodist is trying to do its job of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to ensure the safety of personnel, patients and their families. “
A medical assistant seeking to end a similar tenure at Indiana University Health claimed that these medical institutions “would lose a lot of employees” as a result. Well, there are some people who shouldn’t work in healthcare, especially those who put vulnerable patients at risk of fatal disease.
Note that most of these workers must already be vaccinated against the flu every year and be immunized against measles, mumps, chickenpox and other infectious diseases. The lawsuits to stop these warrants also came to naught.
Experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine say that all three vaccines licensed for emergency use are very effective in preventing serious illness, and their benefits far outweigh the rare risks. They would know.
The question of responsibility is not negligible. Hospitals could face serious legal consequences if an unvaccinated worker infects a patient, Arizona State University law professor James Hodge Jr. told Stateline.