Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas suspended more than 170 employees for two weeks without pay after they refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The suspensions come after a new hospital corporate policy requiring all 26,000 workers to fully vaccinate with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson by June 7 or risk termination.
The hospital says 99% of its employees – 24,947 – are fully vaccinated, however a group of 178 workers refused and have now been punished.
What happens after the two weeks is unknown, according to the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, 117 employees are suing the hospital, claiming they were forced to become "human guinea pigs".
Earlier this month, 117 employees sued Houston Methodist, claiming the hospital "is forcing its employees to be human" guinea pigs "as a condition to keep working," KHOU 11 reported last month.
They also argue that coronavirus vaccines are "experimental," because they have only received emergency use authorization and not full US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
The federal government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in December 2020 that employers can legally set vaccine requirements for their workforce, and this gets employees into trouble.
"It's a shame that today's Houston Methodist milestone becoming the safest hospital system in the country is overshadowed by some disgruntled employees," said CEO Marc Bloom, who added that 27 of the suspended workers have since received. at least one dose of the vaccine.
"I know it may be difficult today for some who are saddened by the loss of a colleague who decided not to get vaccinated," Bloom continued. "We wish them well and thank them for their past service to our community, and we must respect the decision they have made."
Hospital staff were initially administered until mid-April before the deadline was extended in early June, with bonus payments of $ 500 offered to employees who were vaccinated early. At the time, two employees chose to leave the hospital instead of getting vaccinated. Those with religious or health exemptions had until May 3 to apply for a waiver. According to the Washington Post, 285 employees were granted medical exemptions, while 332 received medical delays.
"No one should be forced to put anything in their body if they are not comfortable," Nurse Jennifer Bridges told The Texan. Bridges has worked at the Houston Methodist for over six years and is leading the case.
“People who try to force you to put something in your body that you don't feel comfortable with, to keep your job, are just crazy”, “I'm not an anti-vax person. If you want to get it, by all means, go for it. I'm not taking it off anyone. Let everyone have a choice and the right to make their own decision. "
The attorney for this group of employees said, “'[The vaccine] that has been on the market for less than a year. And yes, it is used, but at the same time it is experimental by definition, 'he said.
"You can't fire someone for refusing to do something illegal, and if you look at federal law, it's very clear it's illegal to force someone to participate in a vaccine trial."
What is happening in Texas will also happen in Italy after the approval of the vaccination obligation for medical personnel. We will soon have legal disputes and layoffs. It will not be a pretty sight at all.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/o-ti-vaccini-o-ti-licenzio-si-mette-male-per-gli-infermieri-texani/ on Fri, 11 Jun 2021 06:00:58 +0000.