Hospital faces staff shortages due to COVID-19 infections, despite vaccine mandate

The Houston Methodist hospital in Houston June 22, 2021. (Mei Zhong/The Epoch Times)
Emily MillerThe Epoch TimesThe first hospital in America to mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for all employees is now facing a staffing shortage from infections.Houston’s Methodist Hospital has hundreds of employees out of work because they tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. At the same hospital in 2021, 153 staff members who refused to get vaccinated quit or were fired. Now Methodist leadership is trying to avert a crisis.“What is worrisome is the climbing number of our employees who cannot work because they are home sick with COVID-19. Almost 400 employees tested positive last week,” Dr. Robert Phillips, the executive vice president and chief physician executive of Houston Methodist, wrote in an internal email July 12 obtained by The Epoch Times.
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