Last month, when the Med Center became one of the country’s largest hospitals to enforce a vaccine obligation on its employees, it sparked outrage. Over 100 community people and health-care workers demonstrated outside the university on August 18, holding posters that read “my body, my choice” and “medical freedom.”
The hospital’s leadership had until August 9 to get vaccinated, while all other staff had until August 1 to get vaccinated.
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Ale Minnicks, a healthcare worker, shared a video of herself on TikTok and Facebook two days after the law went into effect. Her and a coworker, Ashley Rich, were both refusing to take the shot. They arrived at work and were unable to complete their tasks.
The hospitals are "overwhelmed" because they keep "firing" people. Yet won't hand out termination letters because they know they can get sued. pic.twitter.com/z9qpXQKZPH
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“The Medical Center in BG, KY was trying to surreptitiously lay off over 350 people without resigning or firing them for refusing to get the vaccine,” Minnicks stated, using the hashtag “stop the mandate.”
“I did not quit and I was not fired,” Minnicks insisted as they were escorted out of the building.
“It’s going to be necessary for you to depart. A woman can be heard telling Minnicks, “We need your badge and we need you to go.”
Nonetheless, they were cautious in their wording at first and did not state the women had been sacked.
“You had an option, you chose not to take the vaccine,” a man identified as the security chief is overheard stating.
“Then fire us,” the women demand, in exchange for her badge and a termination letter.
They are eventually informed that they have been sacked, and they both agree to go.
Women will have more options when it comes to prospective litigation and unemployment if they refuse to leave and show up for work.
Hospitals around the country are currently experiencing severe staff shortages, prompting the American Hospital Association to voice reservations about the approaching federal requirement that all healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Practically, this strategy may result in compounding the acute workforce shortage challenges that currently exist,” AHA CEO Rick Pollack said in a statement.