জেন Reuters Jennifer Bridges, 39, an RN who was fired after refusing a coronavirus (Covid-1) vaccine, poses for a portrait at Jenkins Park in Beetown, Texas, USA on September 300, 2021. Reuters / Callaghan O’Hare
Written by Peter Segeli and Barbara Goldberg
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jennifer Bridge loved her job as a nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked for eight years, but chose to be fired instead of being vaccinated against covid-1, believing the vaccine was a more deadly virus than a threat.
Bridges was among about 150 workers who were fired or resigned instead of complying with Methodist requirements, making it the first major health system in the country to vaccinate. The hospital system employs about 25,000 other employees.
Bridges, 39, who lives in Houston, said: “I’ve never felt so strong about anything. He was fired from his পোস্ট 70,000-a-year post on June 21, the deadline for employees to get a job.” It’s evolving very fast. “
The Houston Methodist is a growing number of private employees who have made vaccination a job requirement. New York and California are among the states where health workers need vaccinations.
The mandate has been shown to be effective in increasing vaccination rates in healthcare. In New York, for example, Governor Kathy Hochul said Thursday that more than 252,50,000 state health workers were vaccinated at 2%, up from 73% on Aug. 1, when former Governor Andrew Cuomo set Sept. 2 as the deadline for vaccinations.
The then Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the order would “help close the vaccine gap” and reduce the spread of highly contagious delta variants.
Nevertheless, there are pockets of resistance in the field of healthcare. Those interviewed by Reuters said they had been vaccinated against other diseases, but said the lack of long-term information about the three covid vaccines found in the United States was reason enough for them to set foot in an uncertain future after years of job security.
Speaking in support of vaccines available in the United States, medical experts say they have received emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration in less than a year for a variety of reasons, including adequate funding and testing, piggybacking previous research, and international cooperation.
‘Slap me in the face’
Many of the departed workers had enough financial benefits to remain steadfast in their faith.
For the bridge, the high demand for nurses means she can refuse shots without sacrificing financial security. The same day Methodist fired her, she began training for her next job at a private nursing company that had no vaccine orders.
Nurse Katie Yarbar found a job even after she left the Houston Methodist but only after 12 weeks without pay and reduced “a large portion” of her savings. Nevertheless, he said he did not regret his decision to leave after 14 years of service.
Yarbar, 355, said he would not be vaccinated because of his religious beliefs, a position the hospital rejected. He is also wary of potential long-term side effects.
“I somehow felt like it was a slap in the face,” said Yarber, who began working at the hospital as a medical records clerk before earning a nursing degree. “I went to work, I did my job, I did it with a smile. I was a really good employee.”
Yarbar, who said he had already contracted covid, is now the nurse case manager sitting at home. She had a short stay at Texas Children’s Hospital but it ended when she needed to be vaccinated.
Caroline Yuart is one of about 175 employees fired last Monday after the North Carolina Hospital Network rejected Novant Health’s vaccine. He is now thinking of a new career.
As a patient services coordinator for 24 years, the 56-year-old Yuart planned to retire from Novent, but is now trying to open a dessert restaurant and sweet shop.
After battling cancer since 200, he felt that the risk of a vaccine was higher than that of covid, which was affecting four members of his family.
“I needed a job, but I didn’t feel like my job was worth my life,” he said.
A Novent spokesman said on Tuesday that 99% of its more than 5,000 employees had been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Nationally, more than 77% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The country’s cowardly death toll has topped 700,000, according to Reuters.
On the outskirts of New York, Andrew Curtico said he was ready to be fired from his 90 90,000 nursing job at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for rejecting the shot. She knows that by working as a “travel nurse” she can earn more with temporary jobs across the country.
“Of course with my years of experience, I’m quite marketable,” said Kurtiko, 47, the divorced father of a college student who has a mortgage.
Like some other medical professionals, Curtico has questioned the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. He is also seeking a religious discharge from a Catholic hospital. If he is denied, he expects to lose his job on October 12.
Bob Nevens, 47, the top risk manager at Houston Methodist for 10 years, also likes to take his chances with Covid about the vaccine. As a result, he became one of the country’s first workplace mandate casualties in April.
In addition to the lack of long-term information, Nevens said he rejected the Methodist order because it did not recognize “natural immunity” for those who had already been infected with covid and because vaccine makers had avoided liability.
He said he was not worried about the money.
“Financially, I’m fine,” he said. “Mentally, it’s tiring, because I didn’t want to make that decision. I planned to retire from the Houston Methodist.”