I keep hearing this anti-vaccine argument about freedom. But I want my freedom to live out from under a pandemic. And I want the children and families we serve to have that right too. — Pam Goble, owner and CEO of Ability HomeCare
I keep hearing this anti-vaccine argument about freedom. But I want my freedom to live out from under a pandemic. And I want the children and families we serve to have that right too. — Pam Goble, owner and CEO of Ability HomeCare
Nurses Are In Short Supply. Employers Worry Vaccine Mandate Could Make It Worse
When Pam Goble first heard that President Biden was mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers, she had one thought: It's about time.

Goble is owner and CEO of Ability HomeCare, a pediatric home health care agency serving 900 children in San Antonio, Texas.

Of her 261 nurses and therapists, 56 have declined to get the vaccine.

... Health care workers had priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine back in December 2020, but nine months later, many are still reluctant to get the shots. Vaccination rates remain low in some states and among some subgroups of health care workers such as nursing assistants. As part of his push to get more Americans vaccinated, Biden has essentially told 17 million health care workers: Get vaccinated or get out. He has not offered them the testing option he's given workers in most other industries.

Details about how the federal vaccine mandate will be enforced have yet to be released, but already protests have become regular events outside hospitals, and employers are warning they could see large numbers of workers quit just when they're needed the most.

... In Texas, Goble is baffled that this far into the pandemic, and with more than a thousand people dying from Covid every day, the vaccines remain so politicized.

"I keep hearing this anti-vaccine argument about freedom," she says. "But I want my freedom to live out from under a pandemic. And I want the children and families we serve to have that right too."
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/23/1039228806/nurses-are-in-short-supply-employers-worry-vaccine-mandate-could-make-it-worse