Houston Methodist Hospital Plans To Fire Nearly 200 Employees That Refused Covid Vaccine

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Roughly 200 employees of a Houston hospital are facing the possibility of being fired for not taking the Covid-19 vaccine.

Employees of Houston Methodist were notified in April that they would have until June 7th to receive their first dose.

Over 100 of these employees are suing the hospital. The suit argues that Houston Methodist is “illegally requiring its employees to be injected with an experimental vaccine as a condition of employment.”

There were exemptions allowed for pregnancy or religious purposes. However, the nearly 200 employees facing unemployment did not meet those requirements.

The employees were suspended for two weeks without pay and will be fired if the have not been vaccinated at the end of the two-week period.

99% of the hospital’s employees have complied with the order.

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Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc Boom sent an email in April to employees saying that they must receive at least the first dose of the vaccine by June 7, or they would face suspension and termination.

99% of the 25,000 workers in the organization were vaccinated by the deadline, according to Fox News. Employees that refused to comply were suspended for two weeks without pay on Monday.

Houston Methodist is the first major healthcare system to force employees to be vaccinated, according to a lawsuit filed by over a hundred employees.

The lawsuit claims that David Bernard, CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, explicitly stated immunity was more important than his employees’ personal freedoms.