New Mexico detention officer sues over coronavirus vaccine mandate

A New Mexico officer is suing officials who issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement that he claims violates federal law.

Detention officer Isaac Legarreta of the Dona Ana County Detention Center wrote in a federal complaint against county manager Fernando Macias and other detention center officials that he was written up at work and threatened with termination if he didn’t comply with Macias’s memo mandating that employees get vaccinated, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Legarreta, who is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction from further enforcement action, maintained that the directive violated the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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