Kentucky judge won’t revoke order confirming vaccine warrant
A Kentucky federal judge who upheld St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s COVID-19 vaccine warrant has rejected a request to reconsider his decision, the Kentucky Enquirer reported.
The order was filed in Covington District Court on Thursday, a day before the deadline for employees to be vaccinated or receive a medical or religious exemption. US District Judge David Bunning wrote that the complaints raised by employees who fought the warrant “clearly did not deserve an injunction.”
The complaint was filed in early September by 40 employees at St. Elizabeth’s, which has about 11,200 associates and physicians, according to its website. The lawsuit follows announcements from most of Kentucky’s major hospital systems, including St. Elizabeth, that they would require all workers without medical or religious exemptions to be vaccinated.
In his ruling on Thursday, Bunning pointed to a 1905 United States Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Massachusetts law requiring residents to be vaccinated against smallpox.
Bunning also responded to an accusation that calling COVID-19 an “unprecedented global pandemic” was political.
Whether called an unprecedented global pandemic or a less ominous description, the COVID-19 situation is, by any objective measure, something that everyone, including the hospital and its employees, has been grappling with for over 18 months. “said Bunning. . “Calling it unprecedented is not political at all. Rather, it is a simple recognition of its extraordinary nature.
Public health officials have repeatedly stated that the vaccines are safe and very effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19.
Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr Steven Stack described COVID-19 vaccines as a “miracle of modern science.”