6 Naperville firefighters sue over vaccine, testing mandates
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - It is a dilemma for some Americans: get a COVID-19 vaccination or risk losing your job.
With vaccine mandate deadlines looming on the horizon, some individuals are pushing back while others are moving full speed ahead arguing that vaccine requirements work.
Six Naperville firefighters have filed a lawsuit over the state's COVID vaccination and testing mandate.
Governor JB Pritzker's executive order mandates that health care workers, including those who provide emergency medical services, receive their first dose by September 19 and the second within 30 days.
If they do not, they must be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
The suit was filed against Governor Pritzker, the city of Naperville and Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare.
"It violates their right to privacy and their right to bodily autonomy," said attorney Jonathan Lubin.
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Meanwhile in Chicago, the city's top doctor says October 15 remains the deadline for city of Chicago employees to be fully vaccinated.
"Say you were going to get a single dose vaccine Johnson and Johnson, you should get that tomorrow to not have to do anything else related to vaccination compliance," said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Rather than defy the company’s vaccine mandate and lose their jobs, United employees are getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
The company told FOX 32 that 273 employees changed their mind as the company began the process of letting them go.
"If you haven't been vaccinated, please do so now," Arwady said.
In regards to the lawsuit, the Naperville Professional Firefighters union executive board says it does not support the suit.