Ascension Seton Hays employees to protest hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate as deadline approaches – Community News
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Ascension Seton Hays employees to protest hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate as deadline approaches

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The deadline for all Ascension Seton employees and associates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is Friday, November 12.

In late July, the hospital network announced that all employees must be fully vaccinated against the virus to keep their jobs safe.

“This timing is in line with Ascension’s annual flu vaccination requirement and we will follow a similar implementation process,” the hospital said in a statement. “In those cases where a person cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition, strong religious belief or other compelling and important reason, Ascension will provide a procedure for applying for a waiver similar to the procedure we use for the annual flu. vaccine. In addition, this requirement will be implemented in accordance with collective bargaining agreements reached between Ascension corporate entities and unions representing our employees.”

KXAN has spoken to a number of Ascension Seton Hays employees in Kyle who said they will not get the vaccine and will be fired as a result. On Friday afternoon they protest outside the hospital.

“People who have been with Seton for 18 years are being fired,” an employee told KXAN. “To my knowledge the company has refused to recognize any religious exemption, mine has been refused and a host of others have been denied.”

KXAN is working to obtain information on how many employees will no longer be employed by the hospital network as a result of refusing to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. We are also working to clarify how many exemptions have been approved.

This is a story in development and will be updated by Jala Washington after KXAN News at 6pm