R&I NV — Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday suspended 178 employees without pay for 14 days for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
Driving the news: The Texas hospital’s CEO, Marc Boom, said in a message to staff shared with Axios that 24,947 workers had been vaccinated against the virus by Monday’s deadline. 27 of those who didn’t get fully vaccinated “have received one dose … so I am hopeful they will get their second doses soon,” Boom said.
- 285 staff “received a medical or religious exemption, and 332 were granted deferrals for pregnancy and other reasons,” per Boom’s statement.
The big picture: The hospital is being sued by 117 employees who allege that its policy mandating that all staff must be vaccinated against the coronavirus is unlawful.
- A group of medical workers rallied outside the hospital on Monday in protest against the policy, notes the Washington Post, which first reported news of the suspensions.
- The federal government said last month that it is legal for companies to require workers to get vaccines.
What else he’s saying: “I know that today may be difficult for some who are sad about losing a colleague who’s decided to not get vaccinated,” Boom said.