More than 150 hospital staff resign or are fired for not getting Covid vaccine


All staff at Houston Methodist healthcare settings were ordered to get a vaccine (Picture: AP)

More than 150 workers at a hospital have either been fired or have resigned after they refusing mandatory vaccinations.

Houston Methodist Baytown has said that among 200 workers who were told they must get vaccinated by June 21 or face having their contracts terminated, 153 staff members have left the company.

The departures came this week after a judge dismissed an employee lawsuit over the vaccine requirement. In the suit, filed by 117 Houston Methodist employees over the mandate, the staff members likened their situation to medical experiments performed on unwilling victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

In his June 12 ruling, US District Judge Lynn Hughes called the comparison ‘reprehensible,’ and deemed lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges’ contention that the vaccines are ‘experimental and dangerous’ to be false and otherwise irrelevant. 


People gather to protest Houston Methodist Hospital system's rule of firing any employee who is not immunized by Monday, June 7, 2021, at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital in Baytown, Texas. Houston Methodist staff who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine so far and their supporters participated in a gathering and march. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

People gathered to protest Houston Methodist Hospital system’s rule of firing any employee who is not immunized by Monday, June 21 (Picture: AP)

The fallout began in April when Houston Methodist Hospital system, which runs almost 300 healthcare sites in the Texas capital, initially gave its 25,000-strong workforce a June 7 deadline to get fully-vaccinated by.

While 24,947 employees did go along with the mandate, 178 staff members refused and were subsequently suspended without pay.

A small number of those seemed to have caved in to the demands of the company as 153 employees now find themselves needing to find new jobs.

The treatment of the un-vaccinated individuals came as 285 employees received a medical or religious exemption from getting the vaccine by the company, while a further 332 employees were granted deferrals for pregnancy or other reasons, according to company CEO, Marc Boom.


People bring signs to protest Houston Methodist Hospital system's rule of firing any employee who is not immunized by Monday, June 7, 2021, at Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital in Baytown, Texas. Houston Methodist staff who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine so far and their supporters participated in a gathering and march. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The staff were angry at the way they have been treated (Credits: AP)

The policy resulted in protests outside one of the healthcare provider’s hospitals in Houston. At the protest earlier in June, people held signs saying things like ‘Vaxx is Venom’ and ‘Don’t Lose Sight of Our Rights’.

Some of the employees had argued the vaccination requirement was an infringement on their rights.

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