Kansas nursing student’s education on hold over COVID vaccine

EMPARIA, CAN. (KSNT) – A Flint Hills Technical College student who is suing the school after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was in court on Tuesday, claiming her religious beliefs were violated.

Judge W. Lee Fowler ordered the Technical College to give Alice “incomplete” for her clinical trials, instead of putting marks. Alice could not conduct clinical trials until she was vaccinated.

“I am pleased to see how it all turned out. I feel that all the hard work is worth it, and I hope we will reach a compromise, ”Ellis told KSNT.

Alice said she hopes an agreement can be reached that will allow her to graduate from nursing school.

“We have no exceptions at the Technical College,” said Kim McNeese, director of nursing at the Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC).

McNeese testified in a lawsuit against Flint Hills Technical College by nursing student Molly Ellis, who wants an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate under the Kansas Religious Freedom Act.

According to court records, Molly Ellis filed a lawsuit under the Kansas Religious Freedom Act on February 2. The report says Alice continues to adhere to her religious beliefs and refuses to administer vaccines created from the “use of aborted children” of fetal tissue.

According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the COVID-19 vaccine does not contain aborted fetal cells.

McNeese testified that the FHTC provides each sister student with a handbook that is “widely peer-reviewed”.

Johnson Ellis County Attorney, Linus Baker, argued that when the student nurse signed the handbook, the vaccine against COVID-19 was not a requirement. Ellis began the nursing care program in August 2021 and planned to complete it in May 2022 after completing clinical trials. However, on January 1, 2022, Flint Hills changed its student handbook to require vaccination against COVID-19 for medical students conducting clinical trials.

“Without compliance, we have no clinical partner,” McNees told the court.

Presbyterian Manor and Newman Regional Health have contracted with the FHTC for clinical training. McNeez told the court that the religious release would apply to Newman Hospital or Presbyterian Estate, not the FHTC.

The FHTC has four clinical partners, all of whom require vaccination against COVID-19 to conduct clinical trials.

Ellis asked if she could do a simulation instead of a clinical one, McNeez told the court that part of the clinical should be done with one of the clinical partners.

Asked by FHTC attorneys whether it is possible to make a device to find another clinical partner, McNeese said that finding another facility that is not regulated by vaccination requirements can take weeks to months.

Judge W. Lee Fowler, who is handling the case, said time was very important in the case. He further remarked that he did not want Alice to change his religious beliefs, and wanted to try to find housing.

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