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State supreme court rules hospitals can mandate vaccine for employees

2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago Friday, January 07 2022 Jan 7, 2022 January 07, 2022 2:23 PM January 07, 2022 in Coronavirus
Source: WBRZ
Photo: Ochsner Health Shreveport

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana State Supreme Court ruled Friday that private hospitals can fire employees who refuse to be vaccinated. 

The announcement reversed a decision from an appellate court and reinstated an earlier decision upholding Ochsner Health's mandate after employees filed multiple lawsuits challenging the health system's move to fire them for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice John Weimer said employees had no constitutional ground to challenge the mandate because Ochsner is a "private actor." The court also maintained that the medical consent law only applies to health care providers and their patients and did not extend to employers and their employees. 

Read the full decision here.

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