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Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Ochsner Lafayette General's vaccine mandate

The suit was first heard in September 2021 and was dismissed by the judge in the 15th Judicial District.

Posted: Jan 7, 2022 12:44 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2022 3:12 PM

(KADN) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld Ochsner Lafayette General's vaccine mandate for employees.

Justice C.J. Weimer's writ was brief, affirming the ruling by the trial court's judgment.

The suit was first heard in September 2021 and was dismissed by the judge in the 15th Judicial District.

Ochsner Lafayette General adopted its mandate on August 24, 2021 requiring physicians, students, vendors, staff and residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine by October 29, 2021.

Employees sued Lafayette General. Their attorney argued that it was an invasion of privacy to force employees to disclose their vaccination status.

Ochsner released a statement on the ruling.

“We are pleased with the unanimous decision today from the Louisiana Supreme Court upholding the legality of Ochsner Health’s vaccination requirement.

Ochsner Health remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients, team members and everyone across the communities we serve, and this decision supports our right to enact policies that protect patients and staff at our facilities across Louisiana.

As we are currently experiencing a new surge due to the Omicron variant, we continue to keep the health and safety of our patients and team members a top priority.”

--- Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health

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