Hospitals could face a fight with labor unions over mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19, as several hospitals face pushback against plans to require their employees get the vaccine.
Massachusetts’ largest hospital system, which includes Mass General Brigham, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Wellforce, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, announced last week that their employees will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Getting vaccinated right now is the single most important thing that we can do to let our employees know that we are providing the safest environment for patients, their families, and for each other,” Dr. Anne Klibanski, chief executive of Mass General Brigham, told The Boston Globe.
Tim Foley, executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a union that represents nurses, technical and clerical workers, responded by saying in a statement that “Vaccination is an important tool to help us move forward, but an employer mandate is not the answer for a healthcare workforce still struggling to recover. A hard-handed approach will create greater frustration.”
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