by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Fox News reports that 153 employees at Houston Methodist hospital in Texas have either resigned or been fired because they refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19. These employees were among 178 staff members who were suspended for not getting the vaccine by the hospital’s June deadline.
According to Fox 26, the Houston hospital said suspended employees who were subsequently vaccinated during the suspension period “returned to work the next day after they became compliant.”
Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom said in a statement that 99% of the hospital’s more than 25,000 employees had been vaccinated by the deadline. “It is unfortunate that today’s milestone of Houston Methodist becoming the safest hospital system in the country is being overshadowed by a few disgruntled employees,” Boom added.
A protest against the hospital’s vaccine policy has reportedly been scheduled for Saturday, and a lawsuit is to be filed in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal court dismissed the case.
Jennifer Bridges, a former nurse at the Houston Methodist told Fox 26 that some staff resigned even before the deadline. “A lot of people resigned weeks ago, some people resigned just a couple of days before the deadline,” Bridges said. “We had a lot of physicians resign ahead of time and are stuck in the same boat too because they didn’t want to take the shot.”
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