A New Mexico detention officer has filed a lawsuit claiming that his civil rights were violated after he was forced to take the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment.
In his lawsuit, Doña Ana County detention officer Isaac Legareta says that the county put employees in danger by forcing them to take vaccines that are not yet fully approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Legareta also says that forcing employees to take the vaccine violates the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because the law requires employees to be informed about the risks and provide them with “the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.”
The vaccines, though, are not completely vetted. Per MSN:
The vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna were both approved for emergency use in December, while a third vaccine under development by Johnson & Johnson was authorized on Saturday. All three are undergoing the clinical trial process.
Macias added that unless employees were granted the ability to opt out of the vaccine, “being vaccinated is a requirement and a condition of on-going employment with the County due to the significant health and safety risks posed by contracting or spreading COVID-19.”
The New Mexico officer is hardly the only official who opposes the vaccine. About a third of U.S. soldiers have turned down the vaccine.
Per the Military Times:
Of about 916,000 doses administered to DoD personnel, 359,000 have received at least one dose, and 147,000 are fully vaccinated, according to Bob Salesses, who is performing the duties of assistant defense secretary for homeland defense and global security.
About a third of those offered the vaccine have turned it down, according to Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, the Joint Staff’s vice director for operations.
But we are also already seeing people fired for refusing to take the vaccine.
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