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More than 170 hospital workers at a Houston, Texas hospital were reportedly suspended from work for two weeks without pay for refusing to get the controversial COVID-19 vaccine.
A hospital in Houston, Texas set a Monday deadline for its employees to get the coronavirus vaccine, where 170 employees refused to get the shot. According to the hospital, each of the 170 employees will be fired after the two week mark if they still refuse to get the vaccine. Houston Methodist Hospital’s CEO, Marc Boom, told Fox News Reporters that roughly 99% of the hospital’s 25,000 employees have already been fully vaccinated by the previous deadline.
Boom said in a statement, “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.” He later continued in a Memo, “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 wish them well and thank them for their past service to our community, and we must respect the decision they made.” After the suspension announcement, dozens of employees and those in the loop gathered outside the hospital to protest the decision.
ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: HOUSTON CHRONICLE