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How COVID-19 vaccine policies have triggered lawsuits and workplace showdowns

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:58 am
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Tens of millions of Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and with that, workplaces around the country are opening up once again.

But the rules that some สล็อตวอเลท employers and others have put into place mandating vaccines that are still not fully authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, have sparked showdowns with employees.

Lawsuits have been filed against a Texas hospital, a Los Angeles school district, a North Carolina sheriff and a New Mexico detention center, to name a few.

And with a portion of the population hesitant to get vaccinated, including some who outright refuse, there may be more showdowns down the line. A May report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit that conducts research on key health policy issues, found nearly a third -- 32% -- of unvaccinated adults are waiting for full FDA approval of a vaccine before getting it.

The central argument in the suits is the vaccines are allegedly "experimental" because they only have emergency authorization -- and therefore, they cannot be mandated.

Allison Hoffman, a professor of law at University of Pennsylvania who specializes in health law, told ABC News these complaints “are not very strong legal arguments," noting that employers can legally require workers to get the shots because the FDA's emergency use authorization (EUA). ) means the shot is safe enough for the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also said vaccines approved under EUA are “safe” and “effective.”

'Not coercion'

In Texas, a judge recently sided with Houston Methodist Hospital's vaccine mandate for their employees and tossed out a lawsuit filed by 117 employees who were against getting the shot.