One of the first major hospital systems to publicly require all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination has announced an almost 100% vaccination level among its employees.
In an email sent to all employees on Tuesday and forwarded by a spokeswoman to Business Insurance Dr. Marc Boom, President and CEO of the Houston Methodist Hospital system in Texas said that nearly all of its 26,000 employees have been completely vaccinated for COVID-19.
At the end of April, the hospital system announced that it would require all workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or subject to suspension and / or dismissal. Several other hospital systems in the country have followed suit.
The hospital granted 285 workers a medical or religious exemption and 332 were granted suspension for pregnancy and other conditions, but 1
Workers who refuse the vaccine are now suspended without pay for 14 days unless they receive a second dose or receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in one dose, according to the email.
The hospital system faced widespread backlash over its decision and a lawsuit filed by 117 workers over the compulsory vaccination policy, which claimed that the hospital "forced its employees to be human" guinea pigs "as a condition of continued employment."  More insurance and work compensation news about the coronavirus crisis here .