Federal Court Upholds Hospital System’s Vax Mandate

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

A federal judge in Covington on Friday said St. Elizabeth Healthcare can require its more than 10,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he would abide by a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which upheld a Massachusetts smallpox vaccination law.

“Actual liberty for all of us cannot exist where individual liberties override potential injury done to others,” Bunning said, noting that the hospital group’s vaccine mandate is “substantially less restrictive” than the one in the 1905 case.

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