- About 50 employees say the mandate is unconstitutional
- Complainants say data shows vaccines have caused thousands of deaths and injuries
- Lawsuit comes as more employers consider mandates
(Reuters) – Dozens of employees at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit have filed a lawsuit claiming that the system’s requirement to receive COVID-19 vaccines violates their constitutional right to bodily integrity.
About 50 nurses, doctors and other Henry Ford employees have filed a complaint Monday in federal court in Detroit, saying the warrant requires them to choose between exposing themselves to a new and potentially dangerous vaccine or abandoning their careers in health care.
The plaintiffs, represented by VonAllmen & Associates and Renz Law, say that as of August 20, more than 13,000 people in the United States who received COVID-19 vaccines died and more than 30,000 suffered permanent disabilities or injuries. life threatening events. They cited statistics from unverified reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
In a page update from July 21, 2021, the CDC said it received 6,207 reports of people who died after receiving a COVID vaccine between December 14, 2020 and July 19, 2021. It notes, “The FDA requires that Healthcare providers are reporting any deaths after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, although it is not clear whether the vaccine was the cause. “
The CDC, on its website, says a review of available clinical information, including autopsy and medical records, has not established a causal link between these deaths and the COVID-19 vaccines.
The lawsuit comes as a growing number of employers plan to adopt vaccination mandates in the coming months, amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant and recent full approval from the Food and Drug Administration to the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Henry Ford workers also filed a movement for a temporary restraining order that would prevent Henry Ford from carrying out the warrant pending the outcome of the trial.
Henry Ford, in a statement provided by a spokesperson, said: “We remain convinced that vaccination is the most powerful tool we all have against the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond that, we cannot comment on pending disputes. Henry Ford operates six hospitals in the Detroit area, including the 877-bed Henry Ford Hospital, and more than 40 medical centers and specialty facilities.
According to the complaint, Henry Ford adopted a policy in June making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all employees and volunteers. Under the policy, workers must be vaccinated by September 10 and those who are not will be suspended and have until October 1 to comply or risk being made redundant, the plaintiffs said.
But workers say that despite the policy’s stated goal of protecting employees, the data suggests that receiving the vaccine could injure many of them. They also claim that there is little data showing that vaccines are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement in March: “Authorized COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have provided early and substantial real-world protection against infection for healthcare workers, first responders and other essential front-line workers in our country. “
The plaintiffs said Henry Ford’s tenure violated their rights to bodily integrity under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. And Henry Ford has no compelling interests to justify the warrant, they said, because “the injections have been shown to be ineffective, causing injury and death.”
Workers say Ford is acting under the cover of the law by claiming that its vaccine mandate serves the public service to ensure the health and safety of its employees, patients and visitors.
“Each of these functions has traditionally been performed exclusively by the public sector,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers wrote. “When the HFHS commits to determining public health policy, it becomes an actor under the guise of state law exposing its activity to constitutional review.”
The case is Kirn v. Henry Ford Health System, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, No. 2: 21-12078.
For the complainants: Kyle VonAllmen of VonAllmen & Associates and Thomas Renz of Renz Law
For Henry Ford: Not available
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