Hospital systems around the country are being forced into significant policy changes due to severe staffing shortages brought on in large part by COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Some of the systems allow COVID-positive employees to return to duty while continuing to ban the unvaccinated.
Last weekend the California Department of Public Health said that it responded to an “unprecedented surge and staffing shortages” by allowing staff with positive COVID tests to return to work if not exhibiting symptoms. The department said that member hospitals should first exhaust other options. Workers returning with positive tests were instructed to interact only with patients also positive for COVID as much as possible.
Service Employees International Union California president Bob Schoonover said that bringing back infected workers is “one of the worst ideas” he has heard during the COVID pandemic.
The evidence indicates that asymptomatic infected persons are not likely to transmit the virus. The same is true for unvaccinated persons who are asymptomatic. Hospital systems suffering shortages similar to California in Arizona and Rhode Island have decided to let workers return to duty even with “mild symptoms.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) posted a tweet on Monday asking if he is the only person who sees the absurdity of allowing persons actively infected to work while firing healthy but unvaccinated staffers.
The Epoch Times reported that California health care corporation Kaiser Permanente suspended over 2,000 workers who had not been vaccinated according to the mandates announced by Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.
Scientific evidence shows that widespread administration of the COVID-19 vaccines has not ended the pandemic. According to government standards, over 207 million Americans are “fully vaccinated” according to the current definition. That amounts to about 62 percent of eligible persons. However, reports for Johns Hopkins University indicate that 353,000 Americans died of COVID-19 between January and October of last year. More than 352,000 died from the disease in all of 2020.