Major Hospital Systems Drop Vaccine Mandate

Major Hospital Systems Drop Vaccine Mandate

( – On November 30, US District Court Judge Terry Doughty issued a nationwide injunction halting President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Several major hospital systems responded quickly to the temporary order out of the Western District of Louisiana by dropping their corresponding requirements.

By Monday, December 13, the list of hospital operators dropping their COVID-19 vaccine mandates included the for-profit systems Tenet Healthcare Corp and HCA Healthcare. AdventHealth and the Cleveland Clinic were among the noteworthy non-profits who dropped their vaccination requirements.

Hospital administrators and public healthcare officials previously noted vaccine mandates contributed to the reduction of staff members for hospitals and clinics. Media outlets have written about soaring labor costs and worker shortages for months.

Many healthcare facilities have also experienced problems retaining enough non-essential workers like janitors as the nation experienced rising coronavirus cases due to the Delta variant and the onset of the flu and cold season.

Hospital systems hope the halt to government-mandated vaccinations will help them replenish staffing to acceptable operating levels.

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra filed a motion to stay the court’s temporary order on December 1. He also filed a notice of appeal in the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. So far, the courts haven’t taken any action in either case.

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