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Covid US: Over 170 Houston Methodist Hospital employees suspended for refusing the vaccine

More than 170 employees of the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas have been suspended for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The company enacted a new policy last month, requiring all of its 26,000 workers to obtain either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines – or the Johnson & Johnson one shot vaccine – by June 7 or the risk of termination.

Houston Methodist says 99% of its employees – 24,947 – are fully vaccinated, but a small group refused to do so.

In total, 178 workers who did not get vaccinated were suspended for two weeks without pay.

It is currently unknown whether they will be able to return to work after the suspension ends.

In a statement, Marc Bloom, CEO of the hospital system, said 27 of the suspended workers have since received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“It’s a shame that today’s Houston Methodist milestone of becoming the safest hospital system in the country is overshadowed by some disgruntled employees,” Bloom said.

“I know today it might be difficult for some who are saddened by the loss of a colleague who has decided not to get vaccinated.”

“We wish them well and thank them for their past service to our community, and we must respect the decision they have made.”

Houston Methodist Hospital suspended 170 employees who were not vaccinated by the June 7 deadline were suspended for two weeks without pay

Jennifer Bridges (pictured), who was suspended, is leading 117 employees in a lawsuit against the hospital

Jennifer Bridges (pictured), who was suspended, is leading 117 employees in a lawsuit against the hospital

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.

The hospital system became the first in the United States to establish a requirement for the coronavirus vaccine in April.

“As healthcare professionals we must do everything we can to keep our patients safe and at the center of everything we do,” Bloom said in an email to employees.

“By choosing to be vaccinated, you are a leader, showing our healthcare colleagues what needs to be done to protect our patients, ourselves, our families and our communities.”

The hospital system first told administrative staff and new hires to get vaccinated by mid-April before extending the deadline to early June.

Two employees chose to leave the hospital system instead of getting vaccinated at the time.

The system also offered employees $ 500 if they were vaccinated at the start of the shots.

Employees who have a religious or health exemption to receive the vaccine had until May 3 to apply for a waiver.

According to the Washington Post, 285 employees were granted medical exemptions and 332 received medical extensions to receive the vaccine.

After the suspension on Monday, dozens of workers protested outside the hospital.

Dozens of people joined Houston Methodist hospital employees to protest hospital systems vaccine requirement on Monday

Dozens of people joined Houston Methodist hospital employees to protest hospital systems vaccine requirement on Monday

“No one should be forced to put anything in their body if they are not comfortable,” Jennifer Bridges, a nurse who has worked in the hospital for more than six years, told The Texan.

The group of 117 workers suing the hospital is led by Bridges, who attracted international attention last month for speaking out against the hospital’s requirements.

“People who try to force you to put something in your body that you are not comfortable with, in order to keep your job, are just crazy,” she told KHOU 11 last month, explaining why she is refusing the vaccine. .

‘I’m not an anti-vax person. If you want to get it, by all means, get it. I’m not taking it off anyone. I let everyone have a choice and the right to make their own decision. ‘

Bloom released a statement two weeks ago, responding to employees who refuse to take the vaccine.

Marc Bloom (pictured), CEO of the hospital system, released a statement saying he supports the decision to have employees vaccinated

Marc Bloom (pictured), CEO of the hospital system, released a statement saying he supports the decision to have employees vaccinated

“It’s a shame that the few remaining employees who refuse to get vaccinated and put our patients first are responding in this way,” he said.

“It is legal for health care institutions to impose vaccines, as we have done with the flu shot since 2009.

“COVID-19 vaccines have been shown, through rigorous testing, to be very safe and very effective and are not experimental.

“More than 165 million people in the United States alone have received COVID-19 vaccines and this has led to the fewest infections in our country and the Houston region in more than a year.”

Bridges and the team of employees are represented by Jared Woodfill of the Houston-based Woodfill law firm.

Woodfill told KHOU that his company filed a declaration action, asking the court to declare the hospital’s orders illegal.

He argues that the vaccine is an experimental product and that it shouldn’t be legal to force employees to receive it.

‘[The vaccine] which has been on the market for less than a year. And yes, it is used within the EUA, 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.”

The three vaccines available in the United States have all received emergency use clearance from the FDA.  Bridges says he's waiting for the vaccines to get full approval before receiving them

The three vaccines available in the United States have all received emergency use clearance from the FDA. Bridges says he’s waiting for the vaccines to get full approval before receiving them

Currently, all three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have been approved for emergency use by the FDA and are awaiting further trials to receive full approval.

The vaccines will be allowed as long as the country remains in a state or emergency related to COVID-19, which will be until March 2022 under the current schedule.

Vaccine providers must submit six months of clinical data to the FDA for full approval, and the application to receive full approval often takes six months to review.

Currently, only Pfizer has required full approval.

Bridges told reporters he is waiting for the vaccine to receive full FDA approval before receiving it.

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