LAFAYETTE, La. - Our Lady of Lourdes and Ochsner Lafayette General have been named in a lawsuit filed to put a stop to a mandate calling for employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to documents, over 45 plantiffs have been named in the two lawsuites filed in the Lafayette Parish Judicial District Court.
The Our Lady of Lourdes suit alleges the mandate cuts the employees rights to refuse medical treatment. Lourdes adopted a policy on August 3, 2021 to require employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the transmission of the virus.
Our Lady of Lourdes released the following statement on the suit:
"Our vaccination policy was adopted with considerable study and input by numerous healthcare experts in a variety of relevant fields. Lourdes values all of its team members and respects their rights. Service in the healthcare industry involves unavoidable risks and special obligations. We feel strongly that we have taken appropriate measures to meet those obligations and mitigate the risks associated with the pandemic. Our Lady of Lourdes maintains its vaccination policy, which we believe to be consistent with the law and appropriate to the circumstances."
The full lawsuit against Our Lady of Lourdes can be read here.
Ochsner Lafayette General adopted their mandate on August 24, 2021 requiring physicians, students, vendors, staff and residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine by October 29, 2021.
Ochsner Lafayette General released the following statement on the suit:
"We are aware of today’s filing and are unable to provide further comment about ongoing litigation. Employees with medical and religious objections are able to file exemption or deferral requests which are individually and thoroughly reviewed by a panel of experts.
Our employee vaccination policy, which was announced on August 24 following full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, is moving forward as planned. This policy also follows the expanded vaccination requirements issued by the Biden-Harris administration in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under this guidance, healthcare organizations that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs must establish and comply with vaccination mandates.
We stand firmly behind the science and data that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination. We continue to serve as a source of truth and provide ongoing resources, education and vaccine opportunities to our employees and the community.”
The full lawsuit against Ochsner Lafayette General can be read here.