Days after a nurse exposed the heinous malpractice a Cleveland Clinic subjected its patients and staff to at the hospital, the hospital suspended its vaccine mandate, allowing unvaccinated workers to keep their jobs.
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Healthcare workers at Cleveland Clinic were required to participate in Medicare and Medicaid be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 under the federal government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Cleveland Clinic’s Indian River Hospital refused to accept a religious exemption from its employee Hellen Smith last month. As a result, the veteran nurse was forced to resign from her job in the hospital’s intensive care unit. A week before her forced resignation, Smith blew the whistle on the disturbing malpractice she has witnessed and was subjected to in the hospital’s intensive care unit throughout the coronavirus pandemic in an exclusive interview with the Gateway Pundit.
Employees at different Cleveland Clinics around the country began protesting the unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
After a federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for health care workers that received funding from Medicare and Medicaid, Cleveland Clinic finally sided with its outraged employees and announced that its chain of hospitals is “pausing the implementation of our Covid-19 vaccine policy.”
The Cleveland Clinic Hospitals issued a statement Thursday that it will instead institute additional “safety” requirements for unvaccinated employees, “including periodic testing for those providing direct care to patients.”
Cleveland Clinic’s complete statement reads:
A federal court recently issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily blocking enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine federal mandate by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That rule is now on hold.
In light of these developments, we are pausing the implementation of our COVID-19 vaccine policy, which required all employees and those who provide services with us to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption with accommodations. However, to further strengthen our protection of employees and patients, we will put in place additional safety requirements for employees who are unvaccinated, including periodic testing for those providing direct clinical care.
As a health system, we continue to strongly encourage all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and we are proud that the majority of our employees are already vaccinated.