Bay Town, Texas – A nurse for six years at Houston Methodist Baytown, who did not want to be identified, said she disagreed with the hospital’s policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Many people are nervous. They felt it was too early to make it into force. It would be a choice. We are sick if we are uncomfortable with it, don’t force us to do it, ”said the nurse.
In fact, nurses have created about 100 signed petitions against the new policy, which could mean termination if the employee does not comply by June 7 unless exempt for religious or medical reasons.
“We don’t want to be harassed and bullied right now. We want to do more research. We need more time We want it to be approved by the FDA. “
“This is protecting our patients and we have a sacred obligation to protect our patients,” said Marc Boom MD, president and CEO of Houston Methodist.
Boom cites nearly 26,000 of their employees, about 84% of whom have been vaccinated. He added, at the end of the day, all policies are about keeping people safe.
“COVID is a very dangerous disease for our employees, for their colleagues, and especially for our patients, and we owe it to our patients to protect them,” Boom said.
“The EEOC is good for determining because it is in the best interests of the community,” said attorney Sophia George.
But can a company prescribe you to be vaccinated only if the vaccine is only approved for emergency use by the FDA?
George said legally, they could.
“Just because it is not yet approved by the FDA does not mean it is outside the scope of the employer to authorize it,” said George.
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