"By choosing to be vaccinated, you are leaders -- showing our colleagues in health care what must be done to protect our patients, ourselves, our families, and our communities," Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Bloom told employees.
A hospital in Houston, Texas with 26,000 staff has made it mandatory for all of them to get their vaccinations before 7th June, or risk being fired from the organization. This is the same hospital that agreed to give their employees a $500 bonus if they agreed to get the vaccine. This hard-and-fast rule comes from Houston Methodist, a network of eight hospitals, making it one of the first medical organizations in the US to mandate vaccination among employees. According to CNN, the staff has time till the third of May to submit reasons—religious or otherwise— as to why they can't get vaccinated. If their request is denied, they have until June 7 to get vaccinated.
Houston Methodist says it will fire hospital workers who refuse to take COVID vaccine https://t.co/87SN4ns3lV— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) April 22, 2021
If the employees still haven't gotten their jabs by then, they will be suspended for two weeks, without pay. Within that period, they are encouraged to get the shots, but if the staff refuses to do so even then, the hospital "initiates the employee termination process," according to the company's new HR policy, implemented this month. "As health care workers we must do everything possible to keep our patients safe and at the center of everything we do," Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Bloom told employees in an email. "By choosing to be vaccinated, you are leaders -- showing our colleagues in health care what must be done to protect our patients, ourselves, our families, and our communities."
Losing “nurses” that won’t follow the science, don’t “believe” in the science, and won’t take vaccines, wear masks, wash hands... aren’t qualified to be in patient care settings. You don’t want a nurse that doesn’t do “science”— Paul Maxwell (@Pmaxwellfnp) April 22, 2021
About 89% of the hospital staff have been vaccinated so far, says Bloom. This includes "Phase 1 employees," which consists of new hires, executives, and managers. They were expected to provide proof of vaccination by mid-April. As expected, Houston Methodist's decision has upset some of their employees who claim they're not comfortable getting vaccinated. Of those 1,200 employees in the first phase of required vaccinations, two "chose to leave the organization," Bloom wrote in the email to employees. "We are sorry that they made that choice, but by doing so, they are putting themselves before the safety of our patients, which is not consistent with our culture," he said.
Makes it easier for patients to feel they are getting the best care from caring educated staff— Hindie B Dershowitz (@HindieBD) April 22, 2021
"By getting to 100%, we can show our community and our patients how much we care about them." It has also been reported that two more hospitals —Baylor College of Medicine, and Memorial Hermann Health System— in the area are looking at following Houston Methodist's lead and making vaccination compulsory for all its staff as well. Not just hospitals, even some colleges, and universities like Duke, New York University, and schools within the University of California system, are moving to make this compulsory. Most public and private universities already require students to be vaccinated against diseases like mumps and measles.
I might add, nearly all hospitals require staff to be up to date with all vaccinations. This is just another one.— Johnston Farrow (@johnstonfarrow) April 22, 2021
Most people were in support of the hospital's decision because after all, they provide medical services, and after the battle against the pandemic, it is only but natural that the staff would want to get vaccinated for the safety of everyone around them. Evelyn Scholl shared: Good for them! Finally, a health system that actually wants to protect its patients & staff! Rachel King added: Love it! A medical facility has no right to have his employees to put a patient's life in danger because they refuse to be vaccinated. If you are not willing, please find another profession! Good for the hospital!
They should fire! The ignorant fools, how can they work in the medical profession and not believe in science?— Apachegirl (@Bajagirl2) April 22, 2021
However, Jake Mcmanus wrote: This is how you repay your workers who worked many hours over the past year, if it wasn’t for them more people would have died you should be giving them more money and a big thank you. Lana Turner-Evans added: And there goes peoples right. Alot of us use natural ways cause we are allergic to alot so this isn't right. Chris Yount shared: So glad my employer believes in free choice. They are not mandating vaccinations. Larry Thomas mentions: Forcing someone to take clinical trial vaccines should be criminal. So, what do you think? Should vaccinations be mandatory or should the employees be given an option to choose?
But what if the workers end up dying or getting a horrible reaction to the vaccine. Will they be held responsible for forcing someone to inject a substance into their own body? Why not just keep enforcing mask, don’t they work?— William R Saldahna (@WilliamSaldahna) April 22, 2021