Most healthcare professionals in the United States comply with vaccination regulations
Hundreds of nurses left several hospitals in the United States at the request of which has established vaccine requirements for all staff, including several protests and legal protests. But most workers, especially those in large hospital chains, appear to be sticking to the guidelines.
New York hospitals and nursing homes are battling a Monday state deadline that requires workers to receive at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with thousands of workers unvaccinated and laid off. Several other countries and cities have also met mandates for health workers by deadlines.
They all also face an emerging federal mandate for vaccines for hospitals and nursing homes ordered by President Biden, although the exact scope and timing have not been disclosed.
Departures, especially nursing staff, exacerbated staff shortages during the pandemic. The situation has become especially difficult in recent months, especially in an area where the Delta option has weighed on hospitals and caused a new spike in COVID cases among caregivers and residents. In one case, a New York state hospital said it had to temporarily stop giving birth after six of its employees left rather than being vaccinated.
At Novant Health, a large hospital group based in North Carolina, 375 employees were laid off this month after failing to meet the system’s vaccination deadline. Novant said another 200 had agreed, bringing the vaccination rate to more than 99 percent of its more than 35,000 employees.
Still, losing some employees will be the cost of doing business in a pandemic,” said Dr. Saad B. Omar, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, which is investigating vaccine mandates. “I don’t see any widespread destructive effect,” he said.
dr. Infectious disease specialist and executive at Novant, David H. Priest, said he was confident the hospital would reassure most of its staff by addressing their concerns. Hospitals have “been working on it for weeks,” he said, running webinars and emails to educate staff about the benefits of vaccination.
The way hospitals across the country handle detentions vary widely, and many facilities are awaiting state instructions. Others have set deadlines for this year.
Many hospitals do not have strict limits on when they can discharge someone.
UNC Health, another group in North Carolina, confirmed the position of about 900 employees. About 70 employees left the system due to mandates, and the company laid off about 1,250 for medical or religious reasons. About 97 percent of the workforce complied with it. Those who have not been vaccinated or are eligible have until November 2 in what UNC calls their “last chance to keep working”.
At Trinity Health, one of the first major hospital chains to declare a vaccination mandate, the percentage of vaccination staff has increased from 75% to 94%, said the group, which operates in 22 states.