Following the passage of the Annual Defense Bill, which repealed the COVID vaccination requirement for members of the United States military, other legal battles are imminent. Mandates that compelled Americans to receive the jab against their will or lose their employment and means of subsistence are currently being challenged in court.
As part of the enormous $858 billion defense budget, the military mission was discarded. As a result of the Republicans’ steadfast stance that the mandate must be abolished, people serving in the military are no longer forced to take the shot. The issue remains, and is being raised, as to what happened to the servicemen and women who refused the shot and were discharged as a result of their decision. Conservatives are advocating for the reassignment of these military personnel to their previous positions prior to the outbreak, and the discussion on this topic is ongoing.
Democrats in Congress were compelled to repeal the mandate in order to pass the package because Republicans were adamant on that point. Rep. Adam Smith, the Democratic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told his colleagues that the decision to enforce the vaccination requirement was the correct one at the time since it saved lives and made the armed services “as ready as they could be.” According to NBC, he also stated that the instruction only needed the initial immunization, and that protection has already worn off. “It’s time to update that policy,” Smith said.
However, now that the Republicans have won this battle, there are legal developments in the private sector regarding the same issue for citizens. Historically, religious exemptions have been permitted for vaccinations; but, during the COVID-19 epidemic, such exemptions were waived and workers were required to take the controversial injection or quit/be fired.
As stated in Just the News:
A federal judge has approved a $10.3 million class-action settlement with a university healthcare system and workers who were denied religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
NorthShore University HealthSystem of Chicago reached an agreement with 500 current and former healthcare employees this summer, but U.S. District Judge John Kness did not finalize the settlement terms until Friday.
The class includes NorthShore team members who submitted religious exemption requests between 1 July 2021 and 1 January 2022, were denied exemptions, and either took a vaccine to avoid termination, were fired or resigned due to their religious objections, or were denied exemptions and took a vaccine to avoid termination.
The ruling states that no class members “timely opted out” of the settlement or submitted an exclusion request. The plaintiffs’ attorneys at Liberty Counsel will earn $2.06 million in attorney’s fees, while each of the thirteen class representatives will receive $20,000 in compensation.
Liberty Counsel said the settlement checks will be sent in 60 days. Employees who were fired can apply for rehire within 90 days, “and they will retain their previous seniority level,” the law firm said. Several have already been rehired, Liberty Counsel said.
The perspective of people avoiding the vaccination has been supported by confessions from the pharmaceutical industry that the vaccine was very barely studied while being marketed as “safe” and by reports of persistent side effects seen by some of those who did receive the vaccination. Some of these reports are currently under investigation.
Early in December, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for an investigation into the health problems that are reportedly coming from the taking of the vaccines. DeSantis asked the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a grand jury to investigate the “wrongdoing” including the actions by drug companies spreading “false and misleading claims about the efficacy of the doses.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Although the CDC, the FDA, and Johns Hopkins emphasized that the vaccine was safe and effective, governor DeSantis is not so sure. He spoke at a live-streamed round table discussion with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and said that it is against Florida law to mislead the public, Politico reported.
“I think people want the truth that I think I think people want accountability,” DeSantis stated. “You need to have a thorough investigation into what’s happened with the shots.” CONTINUE READING…