The largest healthcare system in Indiana has emerged as the second U.S. hospital group facing pushback for requiring COVID-19 vaccines for all employees, despite a federal judge tossing out a lawsuit filed by resistant Houston hospital workers. The second largest U.S. hospital system has emerged in Indiana as the one facing opposition for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees. This is despite a lawsuit being filed by Houston hospital workers who are opposed to it.
On a Saturday afternoon, hundreds of employees protested outside one of the IU Health hospital. Another protest is planned for July 11.
Houston Methodist hospital system also remains in the national spotlight for forcing out 153 employees this week who refused to get vaccinated. Houston Methodist hospital system is also in the national spotlight because it forced out 153 employees who refused to be vaccinated this week.
Jennifer Bridges, the nurse who led opposition to the protests, was interviewed on Fox News’ Hannity Tuesday night. Her attorney has pledged to bring the case to the Supreme Court. A second protest was planned at the downtown Houston hospital on Saturday. InfoWars’ controversial host Alex Jones told organizers that he will attend this time.
But, there has been little excitement for the many hospitals that quietly followed Houston Methodist’s lead. Many believe that there will be a tsunami of hospitals joining if the FDA approves the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as soon as possible.
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Some of the most distinguished hospitals in the country have joined the trend. These include Johns Hopkins Hospital and New York-Presbyterian, Mass General Brigham, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Mass General Brigham. Nearly all of the hospitals in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Connecticut have already announced plans to mandate vaccines.
Houston Methodist and IU Health made terminations the consequences of refusing to be vaccinated. However, other hospitals have a different approach. Maryland hospitals, including the 13 UMD hospitals and Johns Hopkins hospitals, will require that employees be vaccinated by Sept. 1. There is no discussion at this time about firing employees, unlike at Houston Methodist.