A Houston hospital system has suspended a whopping 178 employees without pay for two weeks for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, reports the New York Post. An additional 285 employees got a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine, and 332 workers were allowed deferrals due to pregnancy or other reasons.
117 of the unvaccinated staffers at Houston Methodist Hospital have sued the hospital system in May, declaring mandatory vaccinations are an infringement on their rights. Jennifer Bridges, a Houston Methodist nurse of six-plus years stated, “no one should be forced to put something into their body if they’re not comfortable with it.”
Bridges told the Washington Post she is not anti-vaccine and has “had every vaccine known to man, except this one.” Bridges simply does not want to receive the coronavirus vaccine as it has not been “fully” approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
According to the lawsuit against Houston Methodist, the San Jacinto Hospital CEO David Bernard was quoted as saying, “100% vaccination is more important than your individual freedom…every one of you is replaceable.”
In an internal message from Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom, which was obtained by the Washington Post, he wrote nearly 25,000 of the health care system’s employees were fully vaccinated by Monday’s deadline. He also noted some chose not to comply.
“Of these employees, 27 have received one dose of vaccine, so I am hopeful they will get their second doses soon,” he wrote. “I know that today may be difficult for some who are sad about losing a colleague who’s decided to not get vaccinated. We only with them well and thank them for their past service to our community, and we must respect the decision they made” he added.