With hundreds more health care workers leaving the profession, the staffing shortage could only get worse.
Henry Ford Health System, one of Michigan’s largest health care systems and the first system in the state to have mandated vaccines for its employees, saw approximately 400 of its employees quit after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The hospital also reports that almost 2,000 more, or 6 percent, of its employees were granted religious or medical exemptions. Given Joe Biden’s recent vaccine mandate, the employees granted an exemption will most likely be required to comply with weekly COVID-19 testing.
Unfortunately, these vaccine mandates are making a bad situation worse. The health care industry has already been struggling to meet demand due to staffing shortages. With hundreds more health care workers leaving the profession, the staffing shortage could only get worse.
Not every hospital has mandated its employees get vaccinated though. Several have held off out of fear the mandates will only intensify the already stressful work environment of many of these health care workers.
To read more about the situation in Michigan, visit Fox 2 Detroit.
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