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Cincinnati hospital ballot on COVID vaccine exhibits a 3rd of nurses would give up somewhat than be pressured to take it

Ohio nurses are pushing again in opposition to hospitals requiring them to take the coronavirus vaccine, and a current survey exhibits that about 30% of nurses at one Cincinnati medical heart would give up earlier than taking the vaccine.

100 thirty-six out of 456 nurses who responded to a union survey on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart stated they might give up their job as a substitute of following a mandate to get vaccinated, in keeping with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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“This locations the medical heart in a really troublesome place, and it locations the nurses in a really troublesome place,” Dominic Mendiola, a labor consultant for the nurses affiliation stated, including that the hospital has been at capability on and off since July.

UC Well being system introduced in July that workers wanted to be vaccinated by Oct. 1 and different space hospitals have additionally applied a mandate. 

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Seventy p.c of nurses polled stated they’d already taken the vaccine.

“We’re happy with the hundreds of our nurses, physicians and different workers who’ve been totally vaccinated,” UC Well being spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen stated. “The science helps their choice, and we applaud their willingness to step ahead and advance the protection of our sufferers, workers and neighborhood. These survey outcomes don’t replicate the views of nearly all of our 10,000 workers, together with our 2,600 nurses throughout the UC Well being system.”

Companies, college districts, state governments, and healthcare programs throughout the nation have been grappling with the concept of vaccine mandates and the Biden administration has urged employers and native governments to require vaccinations. 

The White Home COVID-19 response crew on Tuesday urged companies within the nation to require workers to be vaccinated.

COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients offered a White Home briefing alongside Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses and White Home chief medical adviser.

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“Backside line, vaccination necessities work,” Zients stated. “They drive up vaccination charges and we want extra companies and different employers, together with well being care programs, college districts, schools and universities, to step up and do their half to assist finish the pandemic sooner. We want extra people to step as much as.”

He continued: “We proceed to push for extra vaccination course of, together with via vaccination necessities. The president first adopted vaccination necessities for federal staff final month and now over 800 schools and universities, 200 well being care employers, small and huge companies throughout the nation and dozens of state and native governments and faculties districts have stepped as much as comply with the president’s lead. Tens of thousands and thousands of Individuals at the moment are lined by vaccination necessities.”

Fox Information’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.

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