Many hospitals across the United States preferred to remove the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employment as they face staff shortages. Thus, the unvaccinated workers are better than no workers at all, say the HRs in the hospitals like HCA, Advent, and Tenet.
Allowing non-immunized workers to do their jobs, many hospitals claim they’re pausing the mandate as the federal vaccine-or-test requirement works through the court. Moreover, some state lawmakers are considering a bill to ban mandating vaccines against the coronavirus that don’t have full FDA approval.
Last month, St. Louis-based US District Judge Matthew Schelp issued a preliminary injunction that said the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lacked the authority by Congress to execute an inoculation directive for providers included in healthcare programs for the poor, disabled and elderly.
In the United States, many hospitals were struggling to find workers before the COVID-19 epidemic. Over the year of the non-stop pandemic, the shortages were compounded. The reason is simple, it is the burnout among many medical workers and the lure of high pay rates offered to nurses who travel to hot spots on short-term contracts.
In other words, nurses are leaving the profession, and replacing them won’t be easy for the US health system. The most alarming moment is the modern healthcare industry has seen a “mass exodus” of thousands of nurses who don’t want to get vaccinated, and facilities without mandates “could be a magnet for those people.”
Therefore, only around 42 percent of US hospitals currently have COVID vaccine mandates in place, despite studies that link higher vaccination rates to fewer COVID deaths at health facilities including nursing homes.