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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
A number of Tennessee healthcare facilities have recently stated that vaccine mandates will remain in effect, despite Governor Lee’s signing of the sweeping COVID-19 bill. Many of them say that federal funding requirements make it impossible for them to change those mandates.
One Nashville nurse spoke anonymously to WMTZ about her fear of losing her job because she is opposed to vaccine mandates.
“Our heads are being held underwater and it’s our choice to either accept the vaccine mandate or quit our jobs. We lose our livelihood, my career,” she told them.
Those in charge at HCA Healthcare say most employees have already received the vaccine, and they are working with those who have not yet taken it.
This nurse said she isn’t comfortable with taking a vaccine that has been around for less than a year and believes she should be able to decide what is best for her.
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“I had COVID. It didn’t affect me that bad. It absolutely affects some. It’s killed many. But for me and my family, I know what’s good for me and my body and the way COVID affected me. I still have the antibodies through my veins and that’s not enough,” she said.
Many nurses are concerned with potential staffing shortages if those who refuse the vaccine are forced to quit their jobs.
“We’re already in a staffing shortage, already as we speak. I’m on day 9 or 9. We are at a staffing shortage 100 percent and it will get worse,” said the nurse.
An HCA spokesperson says they are following the guidance required for facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding. Those guidelines allow for religious and medical exemptions, but they do not allow for a weekly COVID testing option.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com