Texas hospital workers suspended for refusing COVID vaccine

A Houston-based hospital system has suspended 178 workers with out pay for two weeks for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, in keeping with stories.

Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom wrote in an inside message obtained by the Washington Post Tuesday that almost 25,000 of the well being care system’s workers have been absolutely vaccinated by Monday’s deadline — however some selected to not comply.

“Of these employees, 27 have received one dose of vaccine, so I am hopeful they will get their second doses soon,” Boom wrote.

“I know that today may be difficult for some who are sad about losing a colleague who’s decided to not get vaccinated. We only wish them well and thank them for their past service to our community, and we must respect the decision they made.”

Another 285 workers received a medical or spiritual exemption from the vaccine, whereas 332 workers got deferrals resulting from being pregnant or different causes, Boom wrote.

A bunch of 117 unvaccinated staffers at Houston Methodist Hospital sued the hospital system in May, claiming the required vaccinations are an infringement on their rights.

People march past Houston Methodist Hospital with anti-vaccine signs.
A bunch of unvaccinated Houston Methodist Hospital workers sued the hospital system in May, arguing the vaccination requirement infringed on their rights.
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“No one should be forced to put something into their body if they’re not comfortable with it,” stated Jennifer Bridges, a Houston Methodist nurse of six-plus years who has lengthy opposed the coverage.

Bridges advised the Washington Post in May she has objected to getting the shot as a result of vaccines licensed for emergency use nationwide haven’t been “fully” permitted by the Food and Drug Administration.

“I’m not anti-vaccine,” Bridge stated final month. “I’ve had every vaccine known to man, except this one. As nurses and medical staff, everybody feels like you should have a right to choose what you put in your body.”

Bridges was among the many workers who have been suspended Monday, The Texan reported.

The lawsuit in opposition to Houston Methodist, filed in state courtroom by Houston-based legal professional Jared Woodfill, features a quote from Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital David Bernard, in keeping with the report.

“100% vaccination is more important than your individual freedom,” the lawsuit reads. “Every one of you is replaceable.”

Jennifer Bridges, left with the blue shorts, joins protesters.
Jennifer Bridges (left, carrying blue shorts) says she opposes getting a COVID-19 vaccine as a result of they don’t seem to be but absolutely permitted by the FDA.
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The lawsuit, initially filed in state courtroom, was reportedly moved final week to federal courtroom.

“We will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court,” Bridges advised The Texan Monday. “This is wrongful termination and a violation of our rights.”

Bridges was amongst dozens who protested the well being care system’s coverage exterior a hospital in Baytown Monday.

Protesters with anti-vaccination signs.
“It is unfortunate that today’s milestone of Houston Methodist becoming the safest hospital system in the country is being overshadowed by a few disgruntled employees,” Houston Methodist Hospital stated in an announcement.
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“We’re all suspended right now,” Bridges told KTRK. “We’re supposed to meet with a federal judge this week so he can choose to let us go back to work.”

In an announcement, Houston Methodist stated some workers who didn’t get vaccinated invited different workers to hitch them Monday as they completed their shifts.

“We fully support the right of our employees to peacefully gather on their own time, but it is unacceptable to even suggest they abandon their patients to participate in this activity,” the assertion learn. “We have faith that our employees will continue putting our patients first. It is unfortunate that today’s milestone of Houston Methodist becoming the safest hospital system in the country is being overshadowed by a few disgruntled employees.”

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