Texas Hospital Suspends More Than 170 Workers over Vaccine Refusal

A healthcare worker holds coronavirus vaccines at a vaccination center in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)

Houston Methodist Hospital reportedly suspended more than 170 of its health care workers for two weeks without pay this week after they chose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the hospital’s Monday deadline.

The hospital requires its employees to be vaccinated and will fire the suspended employees who do not receive the vaccine in two weeks, according to Fox 4 Dallas.

The hospital’s president and CEO Marc Boom said that 99 percent of its more than 25,000 workers were vaccinated by the deadline. The hospital also gave exemptions to 285 employees for religious and medical reasons. Another 332 received deferrals, including for pregnancy, according to the Washington Post

“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,” Boom said in a statement.  

He announced the suspensions in an internal memo on Tuesday.

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