Houston Methodist Hospital concedes defeat, and as of Friday, December 1, 2023, will no longer force their employees to take a dangerous vaccine against their wishes.
Houston Attorney Jared Woodfill led the way in forcing Houston Methodist Hospital to scrap the vaccine mandate.
A year-and-a-half after Jared Woodfill of Woodfill Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital System for illegally requiring employees to take experimental COVID-19 Vaccine, they conceded defeat and will no longer require employees to be vaccinated as of December 1, 2023.
As is always the case, it took far too long for the Texas legislature to pass a ban on private employers imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates as a condition of employment. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill on November 10, and the law goes into effect on February 6, 2024.
“Senate Bill 7 prohibits private employers from requiring employees to get a COVID vaccination—and employers that violate this law are subject to a $50,000 fine as well as a lawsuit and injunctive relief from the Texas Attorney General,” said Governor Abbott.
“This law adds to the law that I already signed that prohibits state and local governments from imposing COVID mandates. It’s long past time to put COVID behind us and restore individual freedom to all Texans. I thank Senator Middleton, Representative Leach, and all other members of the Texas Legislature who stood with this issue every step of the way.”
About 200 employees, mostly nurses and frontline medical professionals lost their jobs because of private employer mandates at Houston Methodist Hospital, which was the first hospital in the country to impose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
When writing to his Methodist employees, David Bernard, CEO of Houston Methodist, Baytown Hospital stated, “100% vaccination is more important than your individual freedom. Every one of you is replaceable. If you do not like what you’re doing you can leave, and we will replace your spot.” This was coercion and was highly illegal.
That’s when Jared Woodfill of Woodfill Law Firm decided to step in, and on May 28, 2021, filed a lawsuit on behalf on the hundreds of employees fired under the illegal mandate imposed on them by Methodist Hospital.
He [Woodfill] can claim victory only made possible by him leading the way and forcing the Texas Legislature to follow suit.
After the hospital finally reversed their misguided decision, Woodfill released this statement to The Center Square, “Years after forever damaging the lives of hundreds of its employees by forcing them to choose between their jobs and an experimental COVID-19 shot, Methodist is finally being held accountable through recent legislation making their actions illegal.
“Methodist owes an apology and more to the individuals who sacrificed their lives during the height of the pandemic only to later be told that they would be fired if they refused to serve as human Guinee pigs.
“Unfortunately, it took the [Texas] legislature way too long to catch up with our lawsuits. When will Methodist’s CEO send out a press-release apologizing to those who were evicted from their homes, had their cars repossessed or lost their life savings because they refused to take an experimental COVID-19 shot?”
Publisher’s Note: Jared Woodfill has filed to run against incumbent Lacey Hull for Texas House District 138 in the Republican primaries. Katy Christian Magazine strongly encourages our readers to educate themselves before voting in March 2024. We need people in Austin who are not afraid to stand against the Austin establishment and to fight for the views and values most Texans hold and cherish.