Health workers in Minnesota, Wisconsin sue to stop vaccine mandates – Twin Cities
Nearly 200 health care workers in Minnesota and Wisconsin have joined in a federal lawsuit against their employers in opposing their vaccination against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A long list of health systems and hospitals are named as plaintiffs in the suit as well as federal officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The lawsuit claims that these health workers be vaccinated is a violation of their rights to religious freedom, human rights, and other protections. It mentions concerns about the vaccine’s safety and potential side effects.
Federal regulators have said the three vaccines used in the United States are safe and highly effective against COVID-19. President Joe Biden announced a vaccine mandate in early September covering nearly 100 million workers including federal and health care workers.
All 188 plaintiffs in the Minnesota lawsuit were listed anonymously and the complaint says this is due to fear of retaliation from employers and others.
The plaintiffs include doctors, nurses and other workers, some of whom say they have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in US District Court in Minnesota.
The complaint asks the court to find vaccine mandates that violate both religious freedom and the US Constitution and to stop implementing the mandates.