Amanda Rivera, an ER nurse, said that she has been suspended and faces termination if she refuses to comply. 'I feel like they kind of bullied us into this little corner, like you have to do it or you don't have a job. This is my only source of income'
Nearly 25,000 of Houston Methodist 's staff members have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 as part of a vaccination requirement announced in April.
June 10, 2021, 12:25 AM·3 min readA Houston hospital has suspended 178 staff members who have refused to abide by its mandate that employees be fully vaccinated by Monday.Nearly 25,000 of Houston Methodist's staff members have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 as part of a vaccination requirement announced in April, Houston Methodist's president, Dr. Marc Boom, said in a statement Tuesday.
But 178 unvaccinated employees who did not get religious or medical exemptions were suspended without pay, including 27 who are only partly vaccinated."We won't have the final numbers for two weeks as employees can still get vaccinated with their second dose or with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine," Boom's statement said. "I wish the number could be zero, but unfortunately, a small number of individuals have decided not to put their patients first."
There are 285 unvaccinated employees who received medical or religious exemptions and 332 more who were granted deferrals.Boom said that he understood that it was a "very difficult decision" for some employees to be vaccinated but that they did the right thing to protect "our patients, your colleagues, your families, and our community." headtopics.com
"The science proves that the vaccines are not only safe, but necessary if we are going to turn the corner against COVID-19," Boom said. "The mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines isn't new or experimental. It's been around for many years."
Amanda Rivera, an emergency room nurse, toldNBC affiliate KPRCthat she is one of the suspended employees and faces termination if she refuses to comply."I feel like they kind of bullied us into this little corner, like you have to do it or you don't have a job. This is my only source of income," Rivera said.
A lawsuit filed against the hospital at the end of May by 117 employees argued that Covid-19 vaccines were "experimental" and that Houston Methodist could not force an employee "to accept an FDA unapproved vaccine on penalty of termination or other sanctions."
Story continues"None of the currently available experimental vaccines for COVID-19 has received final approval from the FDA," the lawsuit says.Three Covid-19 vaccines — manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots a few weeks apart, while the Johnson & Johnson is a single inoculation. headtopics.com
Jared Woodfill, the attorney who filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County, said he intends to file with the state court. Woodfill maintained that the hospital violated the law by requiring employees to take a vaccine that has not received full approval and that his clients are threatened with termination after the suspensions.
"Essentially, Dr. Boom is requiring my clients to serve as human guinea pigs, and if they're not, they're taken to the door. ... There's no choice. It's all about coercion, all about pressure," Woodfill said.Woodfill said the idea of Covid-19 vaccination mandates is "a question that needs to be answered not just for my clients, but for hospitals and employers everywhere." He accused Boom of putting profits over people to brand the hospital as the first to mandate vaccinations for its employees.
"It's clearly about the bottom line but not about the people who put their lives on the line," Woodfill said. "This is how they're repaid, with a pink slip."The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saidthat federal guidelines do not prohibit employers from requiring Covid-19 vaccinations so long as reasonable accommodations are made under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
CORRECTION(June 9, 2021, 10:30 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the name of the federal agency that issued guidance about requiring employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, not the Equal Opportunity Commission. It also misstated the name of the federal law under which certain workers may be exempt from being vaccinated. It is the Americans With Disabilities Act, not the American Disabilities Act. headtopics.comRead more: Yahoo News »
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No patient, who is likely paying thousands for care, should be forced to be exposed to COVID while in a hospital. If the nurses don't believe in science and medicine, they should choose another field. The rest of the country has had enough of the tin-foil hat nonsense. She needs to be terminated. The sooner the better.
It’s best to just get it and move on. Moderna is safe, no need trying to fight a battle your not going to win… Texas At-Will Employment Doctrine allows employers to terminate employees for pretty much anything. Taking the vaccine is free and smart. China and Russia have similar rules. Your not living in a free country when your forced to do anything that's not illegal. Think they're out of control now, wait till they outlaw your guns.
Businesses have rules....... Good. No one wants them near them. These people have such a victim mentality. Funny that they can afford to suspend this many employees during a pandemic. You’d think they need all hands on deck
178 staffers at Houston Methodist hospital suspended for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandateDumb asses Good!! Republican and Fox News downplay of COVID is to blame. Health care facilities need to keep their waiting room TV channels OFF Fox News.
Houston hospital suspends 178 employees who refused Covid-19 vaccineNearly 25,000 of Houston Methodist ’s staff members have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 as part of a vaccination requirement announced in April. Nuremberg Nazi trials outlawed forcing people to be experimented on. Too bad, so sad 😊 First of all you work in health care so this should be a no brainer. HOWEVER..... Welcome to Texas, a right to work State. If the State of Texas decides to get involved they will be opening up a HUGE can of worms for themselves.
Houston hospital suspends 178 employees who refused Covid-19 vaccinationNearly 25,000 of Houston Methodist 's staff members have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 as part of a vaccination requirement announced in April. Let the labor free markets work GOP ormis this some exception for you? Please allow the 178 of 25,000 employees look for work elsewhere. This is still America. In our capitalist system, business make the rules and employees decide where they want to work. Good Good for the business. You know better and if you don't care for yourself. Old people living in those hospitals so find a trump hospital work there and kill everybody in there. On you.
Many Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses may be close to expiringThe buildup of unused doses is a result of safety concerns after the FDA paused distribution of the J&J doses, state health officials say. Vergüenza! NBC news network will not put Black Americans on TV unless they are Half Jewish. Underlying racism Lester Holt (1/2 Jewish) Al Roker (1/2 Jewish) Shanielle Jones (1/2 Jewish)
COVID-19 Derailed Fight Against AIDS, UN SaysThe pandemic has stymied global efforts to eradicate AIDS, the UN General Assembly said Tuesday as it called for urgent action to end AIDS by 2030. Yes its amazing other serious illnesses seem less important presently But it may also finally give us the AIDS vaccine with MRNA tech. Another problem created by the Dem-Panic.. TheDemocrats don't care about anything but power.
Meet Grace, the healthcare robot COVID-19 createdThe Hong Kong team behind celebrity humanoid robot Sophia is launching a new prototype, Grace, targeted at the healthcare market and designed to interact with the elderly and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. GiletsJaunes Covaxin Europe1 LCI franceinfo AJENews RFI CNEWS cnni SkyNews AFP BBCBreaking dwnews FRANCE24 UniNoticias TelemundoNews GJaunes laveritepradama FranceInsoumise NPA_officiel Paris_luttes GiletsJaunesGo dw_espanol UnivOuverte ColereEcoles CCTV Grace? Nooooo.... if it's a robot, an expert in healthcare and created by COVID, her name is rachelbaxendale 🤣