“There are so many ‘What ifs?’ out there, “said a nurse, who wished to remain anonymous. “June 7 is the deadline. It’s ‘take the vaccine’ or ‘pack your bags.’
The nurse initiated a petition hoping to choose not to comply with the mandatory immunization requirement for all Houston Methodist staff.
“We’re not saying we’ll never get it, we just want more time,” said the nurse. “We want more research. We want the FDA to approve it, thoroughly, before we put it in our bodies.”
She said that right now, a group of staff at her hospital are too scared of getting the vaccine, but they are even more worried about losing their jobs. They feel that getting the vaccine should be an option.
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“Basically, I am fighting for everyone who is too scared to speak now,” he said.
Meanwhile, legal analyst Steve Shellist said quite frankly that nurses don’t have many rights, especially during a pandemic. He said the law is pretty clear and the only exceptions include religious or health reasons.
“The hospital has the right to say: ‘If you are going to be in close contact with patients and other medical providers, you should get vaccinated, and if you can’t, you won’t work here. ” He explained.
Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc Boom said they owe it to their patients to put them first and make them feel safe, which is why the vaccine is 100% mandatory. Boom said the hospital stands by its decision and believes it is 100% safe and the best option.
Houston Methodist recently held a town hall for your employees to ease fears and answer questions.
“Working in healthcare is a privilege,” Boom said. “With privilege comes responsibility.”
As for the nurse, she said she takes her job seriously, but only wants to take the vaccine on her own terms when she’s ready.
“If someone wanted to hire a good nurse, they would be happy to take another job,” she said.
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