Well being care employees problem COVID-19 vaccination mandate

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Several dozen St. Elizabeth Healthcare employees have filed a federal lawsuit contesting compulsory vaccination against COVID-19.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Covington U.S. District Court, comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases – mostly unvaccinated – that threatens to overwhelm most Kentucky hospitals, the Courier Journal reported.

The lawsuit follows a recent announcement by most of the state’s major hospital systems, including northern Kentucky-based St. Elizabeth’s, that they would require vaccines for all workers, with no medical or religious exception, to try to stem the surge in COVID-19 in Kentucky to control .

Public health officials have repeatedly declared the vaccines safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health officer, has called the COVID-19 vaccines a “miracle of modern science”.

But the lawsuit, filed by 40 employees at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, denies being denied in a plea with multiple attachments allegedly showing that the vaccines are unproven, experimental, ineffective and could cause serious side effects.

It also claims that individuals should have the right to refuse vaccines and not be “forced to participate in a medical experiment”.

A St. Elizabeth’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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