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A Houston Hospital System Mandated The COVID-19 Vaccine. 117 Staffers Sued

A group of 117 hospital workers in Texas is refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With the help of conservative activist and attorney Jared Woodfill, they are suing their employer, Houston Methodist, for its compulsory vaccination policy.

The mandate, they say, violates medical ethics standards known as the Nuremberg Code, which was created after World War II to prevent experimentation against human subjects as the Nazis did against people in concentration camps.

The Food and Drug Administration has not granted full approval to the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but the drugs have gone through rigorous clinical trials and have been authorized for emergency use. Health experts have continued to promote their proven safety as millions of Americans continue to get vaccinated.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Jennifer Bridges, a nurse who is the lead plaintiff, and Dr. Marc Boom, CEO of Houston Methodist.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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Trees and shrubs line the street in front of Methodist Hospital in Houston's Medical Center in 2012. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
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Trees and shrubs line the street in front of Methodist Hospital in Houston's Medical Center in 2012. (Pat Sullivan/AP)