The Supreme Court rejected the motion to delete the motion to limit the employment of Mass General Brigham's vaccination mandate
Mass General Brigham, in a statement released on Monday by US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, refused to rule out forcing workers of the state's largest hospital system to be immunized against the disease.
Breyer denied a motion from the plaintiffs, a group of Mass General Brigham employees seeking religious exemptions to the mandate, who sought a preliminary injunction barring the hospital system from applying the rule.
The denial was denied by Justice Breyer in an official online case docket, which said Monday.
A request for comment was sent to a lawyer for the plaintiffs on Monday afternoon.
According to a statement released by Mass General Brigham spokesman, 430 employees were fired for failing to comply with the vaccination mandate, out of more than 80,000 who did comply. The hospital system stands by its earlier statement on the lawsuit and had nothing to add Monday.
Mass General Brigham said during that statement that he "joins many other major health care systems in the United States in making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment, ensuring that patients are being cared for in the safest clinical environment possible." The evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness is high, and more than 99.3% of our employees are vaccinated."
Getting vaccinated, the statement stated, "is the most important and responsible step each of us can take to put an end to this devastating epidemic and protect patients, families, and one other." Since we announced the mandate and had a process for employees to request an exemption for medical or religious reasons, Mass General Brigham has regularly contact with employees. We received a variety of exemption requests, and each request was carefully considered by a knowledgeable team of reviewers."
When the plaintiffs suffered an earlier setback in US District Court in Boston, Judge F. Dennis Saylor initially denied the plaintiffs' motion to prevent the business from imposing its vaccination mandate.
The plaintiffs have stated in court papers that the workers' disability and religious exemptions were mistakenly denied without explanation or meaningful interactive process and without a showing of unreasonable hardship.
This article was based on material from prior Globe stories.
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