In this June 7, file photo, people march past Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital in Baytown, Texas, to protest against a policy that says hospital employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs. A federal judge dismissed their lawsuit, saying if workers don’t like the rule, they can go find another job. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP»

Hospital workers in Houston are appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit against Methodist Hospital, which ordered their employees to take the experimental Covid-19 vaccine or face being fired.

“Of course, everybody’s a little disappointed but we pretty much expected this at this level because this is just too big of a case for one judge to make a final decision … We are going to appeal it within the Fifth Circuit District, which is going to lead our way up to the Supreme Court,” said Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse and lead plaintiff in the case.

Judge Lynn Hughes in ruling against Ms. Bridges’ and the other plaintiffs’ lawsuit said that the Emergency Use Authorization statute granting the right to exercise the option not to take the vaccine does not apply to private employers.

Judge Hughes said in his ruling that he did not consider vaccine safety and efficacy in adjudicating the issue.


That’s the judge’s opinion based on improper research, Ms. Bridges argued. “Pretty much all the claims he made are definitely false, and we have all the proof to back all of that up, so it’ll all come out in the light down the road as this lawsuit continues,” she told The Final Call.

“He’s basically telling us we don’t have our rights, saying this has nothing to do with the Nuremberg Code, which I highly disagree with, because that’s exactly what the Nuremberg Code was set up for—for individuals to not be allowed to be experimented against, and basically that’s what they’re doing right now,” Ms. Bridges continued.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 117 workers, who said they did not want to be human guinea pigs. But 174 workers were suspended without pay on June 7th for refusing the vaccine shots. Their official termination date is June 21st.

Some feel the Methodist Hospital lawsuit dismissal will encourage similar mandates across the country.

At least four other hospital groups as of June 3rd announced they are making vaccinations mandatory for employees. The groups include Benefis Health System of Montana, RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey and University of Louisville Health in Kentucky. The University of Pennsylvania announced May 20 all employees and clinical staff be vaccinated by Sept. 1, according to an article in the USA Today, entitled, “First in line, still no shot: Surprising number of hospital workers refuse vaccines,” dated June 3rd.

How did her co-workers react?

“Basically, every single one I’ve talked to is okay with it. They’ve accepted it. They’re ready to move on, and a lot of them have already started other jobs or they’re interviewing,” stated Ms. Bridges.

At least 70 other workers are joining their lawsuit, she continued. “Quite a few of them are actually even taking a break right now. They said they have been so emotionally distraught after everything Methodist did to us that they just need to take a break for themselves and just kind of relax and get back to normal. And then some of them are going to seek employment in a couple of months,” added Ms. Bridges, who said she has been blessed with several job offers.

Meanwhile, workers were planning a June 26th protest in front of Methodist Hospital’s main campus in downtown Houston to show president and CEO Marc Bloom they are not backing down, according to Ms. Bridges. “… I wanted to show him that this is not behind us whatsoever,” she said.

Some called Judge Hughes’ statements in the June 12th order outrageous.

“My immediate reaction to the decision was somewhat shocking, in that, it did not appear to be rational to say, that a private employer has the ability to mandate you to take an experimental vaccine, for which the federal statutory law granting the emergency use authorization, clearly says that anyone has the right to exercise the option not to take the vaccine,” stated Nation of Islam General Counsel Abdul Arif Muhammad.

“And to simply say because I happen to work for a private employer, that the private employer has that right to mandate that you take a vaccine. This is the deception of the government and irrational decision of the judge to say such,” said Attorney Arif Muhammad.

In his judgment, the federal government is being deceptive, for a couple of reasons. The government knows full well under the law that it can’t mandate that you take the vaccine because it’s an unapproved, experimental vaccine. Secondly, although the government is saying, on one hand, it is not going to make the vaccines mandatory, it gives a nod to private businesses to say that it’s alright for companies to impose that which the government cannot, he argued.

In its weekly reporting, The Final Call has published information on the substantial number of deaths and other serious injuries that have occurred from this experimental vaccine according to the Vaccine Adverse Reaction Event Reporting System (VAERS). There have been 5,888 deaths through June 4th, according to VAERS which is the national vaccine safety monitoring system that accepts reports of adverse events after vaccinations. VAERS accepts reports from anyone, including patients, family members, healthcare providers and vaccine manufacturers, but is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event, notes the CDC.

“That’s what I mean when I talk about wickedness and the deceptiveness of it,” stated Atty. Arif Muhammad. “For the judge to engage in a deceptive interpretation that carves out the right for a private business, and by extrapolation, public or private universities, to mandate vaccinations is in fact, incredibly dishonest and not following the law, in my judgment,” he argued.

Atty. Arif Muhammad added, no one can predict a case outcome, especially on appeal, since the basis of an appeal is usually limited to the issue of errors of law made by the judge.

“The message from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, on July 4, 2020, especially to the Black and Hispanic community and other oppressed people, that this vaccine is death itself, has been established by the numbers of deaths and serious injuries that continue to mount, even though those numbers may represent only one percent of that which has been reported,” stated Atty. Arif Muhammad.

“Second, we have a right to our religious belief that we should not take this vaccine, because it’s death, and we were commanded by Allah (God) on July 4th through the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan not to take this vaccine. Therefore, we, as Muslims and Believers in the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, stand on our religious conviction and belief that we are to obey Allah and His Messenger, and that obedience to the Messenger is obedience to Allah. People have to be willing to make a decision now for their own life,” concluded Atty. Arif Muhammad.

He further emphasized Minister Farrakhan’s divine declaration to us to protect our lives.

As Minister Farrakhan stated on July 4th: “So, Mr. Dershowitz, if you bring the vaccine and say you’re going to bring your army to force us to take it, once you try to force us, that’s a declaration of war on all of us. You only have this one life. Fight like hell to keep it, and fight like hell to destroy those whose heart and mind is to destroy you and take your life from you,” the Minister warned.