More than 180 Minnesota health care workers sue over vaccine mandate

Federal suit says that forcing compliance violates laws and religious freedoms


September 29, 2021

Rogelio V. Solis - Associated Press

This Sept. 21, 2021 file photo shows vials of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

More than 180 health care workers spanning hospital systems across Minnesota are asking for an injunction to stop their employers from mandating they be vaccinated from COVID-19, saying the directive violates religious freedoms and other state and federal laws.

A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court includes unnamed plaintiffs from hospitals and clinics across Minnesota and identifies nearly two dozen health care institutions as defendants, along with other federal health officials. Those being sued include some of the state's top health care facilities, such as Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Physicians and Regions Hospital.

The lawsuit comes weeks after President Joe Biden announced new federal mandates for vaccinations, which includes health care workers at facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid and those who work at businesses with 100 or more employees.


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