Texas hospital CEO “deeply disappointed” by Abbott’s bid to ban vaccine mandates

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s govt order banning vaccine mandates within the Lone Star state isn’t sitting effectively at Houston Methodist, the primary hospital system within the nation to require staff be immunized towards COVID-19.

Houston Methodist — a medical middle and 6 neighborhood hospitals — is “deeply disappointed in the governor’s order,” Dr. Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist stated in an emailed assertion to CBS MoneyWatch. Medical employees take an oath to “do no harm,” and that features “doing everything possible to prevent the spread of disease — something we know these vaccines are very good at doing,” he added.

Houston Methodist mandated the vaccine earlier than others, giving its 26,000-plus staff a June 21 deadline to be absolutely vaccinated towards a virus that has killed greater than 67,000 Texans. About 150 employees have been fired or give up after a choose dismissed their authorized problem to the requirement, leaving these remaining 100% compliant with the system’s vaccine coverage. 

“Not only are our patients safe as a result, but we are able to remain healthy at work and be there for our community when it needs us the most,” Boom said. But Houston Methodist is “concerned for other Texas hospitals that may not be able to continue their mandates,” the doctor stated. “Health care workers all have an obligation to safely care for their patients and this order makes that promise harder.”

Abbott’s press secretary, Renae Eze, deflected the criticism in an emailed assertion:  “Governor Abbott has talked to countless Texans who are worried about losing their jobs because of this federal overreach. The Biden Administration has left Texans in the impossible position of having to choose between providing for their families or being fired for not getting the COVID vaccine because of their religious belief, medical condition or personal conscience. And they have left employers with the unfair choice of either violating federal regulations or losing their valued employees. The governor’s executive order will help protect Texans from having to make that choice.”

The Republican governor on Monday signed an govt order prohibiting any entity in Texas, together with non-public companies, from mandating COVID vaccines for workers or clients. 

Abbott’s edict is at odds with some large firms that reside in or do business in Texas in addition to the Biden administration, which final month stated it could require companies with 100 staff or extra mandate vaccines or obtain weekly COVID exams.

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One massive Dallas-based employer, Southwest Airlines, is sticking with its requirement that staff be vaccinated. 

“Federal action supersedes any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with the president’s order to remain compliant as a federal contractor,” Southwest said in an e mail. 

Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines didn’t reply to a request for remark. 

The federal requirement this week edged nearer to taking impact, in accordance to the Department of Labor company that units protected workplace requirements. 

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to develop an emergency temporary standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing to protect employees from the spread of coronavirus in the workplace. On Tuesday, October 12, as part of the regulatory review process, the agency submitted the initial text of the emergency temporary standard to the Office of Management and Budget.” a DOL spokesperson said in an e mail. 

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