The news media is quick to report major corporations and hospitals who are instituting mandatory COVID-19 “vaccination” programs. But for those of you facing employee shortages, be careful before following suit. How many employees can you afford to lose?
Chicago recently reported losing 90 school bus drivers after establishing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. Chicago Bus Driver Shortage August 2021 In fact, Chicago lost 10 percent of their bus drivers in one day. Don’t worry, parents. Chicago will pay you $1,000 up front to drive your child to school, and additional $500/month. NPR August 2021
Walmart announced “vaccination” requirements effective October 4 for corporate staff, as well as management. They stopped short of requiring vaccines for their line workers. My guess is because Walmart knows it can ill afford to lose employees. CNBC Walmart Report July 2021
Even some hospitals have been forced to rethink their “vaccine” mandates. One Missouri hospital is faced with paying $200/hour for traveling nurses to fill their staffing shortage. Only sixty percent of their workforce is fully vaccinated. How could they keep the doors open if they enforced a vaccine mandate? Fortune Magazine August 30, 2021
The American Hospital Association reported that 39% of U.S. hospitals have announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program. There was already a staffing shortage in hospitals before COVID-19 dropped like a bomb in our healthcare facilities. Losing staff is just not an option for many. Fortune Magazine August 30, 2021
Treat your Employees Right. Furthermore, the FDA provided employers a reminder that no employee likes a boss that does not allow a person to do the job assigned, or a boss that keeps an employee in the dark, or a boss that assigns responsibility, but makes the decisions for the employee.
Two of FDA’s most senior vaccine leaders announced they’ll be leaving their employment. Marion Gruber and Phil Krause, very tenured vaccine leaders, gave notice after the CDC announced decisions regarding vaccinations without consulting them, and when the White House made booster shot announcements without seeking advice or telling the FDA leaders before making the announcement. FDA Leaders Step Down
Before imposing a vaccination mandate on your employees, consider whether you can afford to lose key employees. Even if the decision gives you an alternative to laying off employees, are you sure the employees you will lose are the ones you can afford to lose?