Judge in SC will hear another Savannah River Site vaccine challenge next week

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Dec. 2—A federal judge will later this month hear arguments over COVID-19 vaccine rules instituted by the Savannah River Site paramilitary security team, after four longtime employees sued, alleging their constitutional and civil rights had been violated.

U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs is set to consider a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against Centerra Group on Dec. 7. The court, in Columbia, was not persuaded to take up the matter sooner, records show.

Centerra on Nov. 17 asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed, and in a filing attempted to poke holes through the workers' argument.

In a response, the workers accused Centerra of committing grave violations on behalf of the federal government and questioned the record of COVID-19 vaccines.

"Plaintiffs use quotation marks around the word 'vaccine' for the reasons explained in their" previous filings, reads a footnote in a memo filed with the court Dec. 1. Each security police officer, the memo continues, "believes that the 'vaccines' are derived from aborted fetal tissue cells," violating their respective beliefs and conscience.

The lawsuit against Centerra — which also names as defendants Donald Mark Bolton, a senior vice president, and Kimberly Garland, a dispute resolution and compliance administrator — is at least the second Savannah River Site vaccination case on Childs's docket.

The federal judge on Tuesday heard arguments over a vaccine requirement enacted by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the Fluor-led management team at the site.

Childs had not ruled on the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions case as of noon Thursday.

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