Caregivers suspended from US hospital for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid

Whereas in France, debate on a future compulsory vaccination of caregivers against Covid-19 has set in, some American hospitals have already passed the course. This is particularly the case of the Houston Methodist Hospital, in Texas, reports a USA Today article. “We are almost 100% respecting our obligation to vaccinate against Covid-19”, affirms Marc Boom, the CEO of the establishment in an email addressed to the staff. “Houston Methodist is officially the first hospital system in the country to achieve this goal for the benefit of its patients.”

In fact, the situation is not so idyllic and the settlement is not really unanimous. Some of the 25,000 hospital employees have also refused to be vaccinated: 285 people have benefited from a medical or religious exemption, 332 have obtained a postponement due to pregnancy or other reasons and 178 believe that the compulsory vaccination policy is unfair. A reason not recognized by the management who decided to suspend the latter for two weeks, specifies the American daily.

These 178 health professionals may even be made redundant if they do not fully immunize. Twenty-seven of them have already received their first dose. “I feel a little betrayed, says Amanda Rivera who had to leave the hospital. I worked in the emergency room, it was madness during the pandemic. We were understaffed. The hospital was overloaded with patients. ” For her, Marc Boom’s decision is a slap in the face.

Complaint filed against the hospital

Last month, more than 100 Houston Methodist Hospital employees filed a complaint against the hospital system over its vaccination policy. According to them, anti-Covid vaccines are “Experimental”, they have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (the US Food and Drug Administration) but have not yet been fully approved.

In line with this hospital, Indiana University Health, the largest healthcare facility in the state of Indiana, also announced that its 36,000 employees will need to be vaccinated against the virus by September. This is the most “Safe and effective to protect patients”, indicates the UI Health in a press release, recalling that “The obligation to vaccinate employees in the health sector is neither new nor unprecedented”. In France, health professionals must have received the vaccine in particular against tetanus, hepatitis B or tuberculosis.

Currently, in the United States, healthcare worker immunization rates range from 51% to 91%, according to a USA Today study conducted in some of the largest hospital networks and public hospitals in the country.

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