(USA)- Hospitals throughout the country require covid vaccination for their workers as the highly infectious delta form wreaks havoc on communities with poor immunization rates.
According to the information issues by Colin Milligan, a spokesman for the American Hospital Association, over 1,500 institutions — approximately a quarter of all hospitals in the United States — now require employees to receive a covid vaccination.
However, this is not an option in Montana, where legislation enacted this year amid a pandemic backlash bans businesses, including most health care institutions, from requiring any vaccination for their employees. Neither is it the case in Oregon, where a 32-year-old statute prohibits vaccination requirements for healthcare employees.
It Is A Mandate To All Health Systems Across The USA To Receive Covid 19 Vaccine
The National Academy for State Health Policy stated that at least seven states had passed legislation to prohibit covid vaccine requirements or so-called vaccine passports that give immunization evidence. According to the statement issued by Montana health statement, this only applies to state and municipal governments and explicitly excludes health care institutions.
It makes it illegal for businesses, including hospitals, to discriminate against employees based on their vaccination status. Employers cannot mandate vaccinations, and employees do not have to inform their employers whether they have been vaccinated.
This, therefore, has become a relentless concern to hospital administrators since covid hospitalizations have reached levels not seen in the United States since February. According to the most current Montana health department statistics, covid hospitalizations almost quadrupled at the beginning of August compared to two weeks earlier. Over 90 percent of covid patients hospitalized at the end of July had not been vaccinated.
John Goodnow, CEO of Benefis Health in Great Falls, termed the act worse legislation to pass if it had been enacted when we were battling polio or smallpox before that. Health care workers are more likely than the general population to be immunized against covid. Nonetheless, nurses, physicians, and other hospital workers continue to deal directly with patients who are reluctant or resistant to vaccination, particularly in remote areas.
Dr. Greg Tierney, Benefis’ chief medical officer, expressed worry about a possible conflict between vaccinated and unvaccinated staff members. Tierney continues to argue that it will be challenging to have a person vaccinated looking at another person who has not been vaccinated,
Fernando Caceres, an intensivist in the Billings Clinic’s ICU, insists that knowing some solutions can help prevent this from happening, like simple vaccination.
California became the first state to require employees in health care facilities to be vaccinated entirely and visitors to provide evidence of immunization or a negative covid test in August. In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker mandated that most nursing facility employees receive the vaccine by October 10, citing a spike in infections among staff and patients.
In Texas, Houston Methodist dismissed or accepted the resignations of more than 150 health care employees who did not get the vaccine in June. Trinity Health, a Catholic health organization with 117,000 employees spread across 22 states, said that staff who did not get a shot or exemption would be dismissed.
In a statement, Brown said that the additional safety precaution is required to prevent delta from causing serious disease among the first line of defense: the physicians, nurses, medical students, and frontline health care professionals. Before Brown’s announcement, Kaiser Permanente, a national health organization headquartered in California, said that all its workers, including Oregon, must be vaccinated against covid.