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Houston hospital suspends 178 employees who refused to get vaccinated against coronavirus

With more than 26 thousand employees under its command, the chain established a deadline this Monday for its staff to receive the coronavirus vaccine

ACTIONS. Employees could be fired / EFE

A total of 178 employees of the Houston Methodist hospital chain were suspended for refusing to receive the vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic despite an order that the staff should be vaccinated this week.

With more than 26,000 employees under its command, the chain set a deadline this Monday for its staff to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Otherwise they could be suspended or even fired.

According to information from the news network ABC, the 178 employees were suspended for 14 days without the right to receive their pay.

If they do not get vaccinated in that two-week period, they will be fired.

Of the number suspended, 27 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the source detailed.

Dr. Marc Boom, president of the chain, hopes that soon everyone will make the right decision: “We will not have the final figures for another two weeks, since employees can still be vaccinated with their second dose or with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from a dose. I wish the number was zero, but unfortunately, a small number of people have decided not to prioritize their patients.

However, more than 600 employees did not receive the vaccine and were exempt from actions against it, as 285 rejected the dose for medical or religious reasons, while another 332 have postponement due to pregnancy or other reasons.

“This decision was ultimately made for our patients as they are at the center of everything we do at Houston Methodist,” the center said in a statement.

City with the most vaccinated

Seattle has fully vaccinated 70% of its residents ages 12 and older, making it the most vaccinated major city in the United States, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan (Democrat) reported Wednesday. Additionally, 78% of eligible residents have received at least a first dose of the vaccine.

“Now that we have achieved community protection, we can lead the nation in safe reopening and serious recovery,” Durkan said in a statement. He urged residents to get out there and support local small businesses.

“Help revive our historic arts and culture scene, and enjoy our unique summers in Seattle safely,” he said.

Seattle, which has a population of about 750,000, said it had overtaken San Francisco, where about 68% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

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