Unvaccinated employees at Boise Hospital will be fired
The announcement from Trinity Health Systems, which is Saint Alphonsus’ coordinating group here in Boise, is generating strong reactions nationwide.
According to an announcement to Saint Alphonsus, all employees who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 by September 21, 2021 will be laid off.
After a year of living with a pandemic, it’s fair to say that everyone in our community is a bit shaken up. Whether or not one chose to be vaccinated has so far been a very personal decision. Here in the Treasure Valley, it is generally accepted in many companies that if you are not vaccinated, masks are still encouraged but not required. Every once in a while you will see people wearing masks and it seems to me that the overwhelming consensus among those around me is that vaccination is the way to go.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, it is your choice. Unless you want to keep your job at Saint Alphonse.
In a statement this afternoon, Saint Alphonsus Health System President and CEO Odette Bolano said:
Safety is one of our core values and because of our commitment to providing safe care, we must ensure that our colleagues and providers are immunized at this time. We must trust science and live up to our core values
According to Saint Alphonsus, exemptions ARE available for religious or health reasons but these must be formally approved. Any employee who does not present an approved exemption or proof of vaccination will be terminated.
Post in the comments – do you think this is fair for so many employees here in Treasure Valley?