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Federal judge dismisses Denver lawsuit over COVID vaccine mandate

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FILE – Vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are shown at the National Jewish Hospital pharmacy for distribution in eastern Denver in this Saturday, March 6, 2021 file photo. ( Associated Press Photo/David Zalubowski, FILE)

DENVER (KDVR) — A federal judge in Denver has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the city by contractors who claimed the city was not empowered to require COVID-19 vaccines.

The lawsuit was filed by several organizations representing contractors in the construction industry who do business with Denver on city projects.

Last August, the city issued a law requiring city employees and those doing business with the city to have a COVID-19 vaccination.

The contractor organizations claimed in their lawsuit that the vaccine mandate would “cause mass resignations of employees that would harm contractor business and affect their ability to perform their contracts.”

A contractor business involved in the lawsuit told the court that when the lawsuit was filed about 68% of its construction workforce and 23% of its professional workers were not vaccinated.

For city workers who refuse to get a vaccine, the city said those workers will face penalties.

The city said back in October, those who “under no circumstances” refused to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would be fired.

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