Cash, breakfasts and layoffs: a total effort to vaccinate suspicious medical workers

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“If that doesn’t get you online, I don’t know what will,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said last month.

At Houston Methodist, a Texas hospital system with 26,000 employees, workers who take the vaccine will be entitled to a bonus of $ 500. “Vaccination is not yet mandatory for our employees (but will eventually be),” wrote Dr. Marc Boom, CEO of the hospital, in an email to employees last month.

In an interview last week, Dr Boom said bonuses were “one of the many strategies for pushing people forward.” He added: “I think we’ll get there. But I am not naive enough to think that there are no people who are deeply resistant.

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At Norton Healthcare, a healthcare system in Louisville, Ky., Workers who refuse the vaccine and then catch Covid-19 will generally no longer be able to take advantage of the paid sick leave that Norton has been offering to employees infected since the start of the pandemic. Instead, starting next month, unvaccinated workers will have to use their regular paid time off if they fall ill with Covid-19, with a few exceptions.

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Atlas Senior Living, which has 29 assisted living centers and other communities across the southeast, is offering workers up to four extra days of paid leave if they get vaccinated. (Some Atlas hourly workers had not already paid time off as part of their standard benefits.)

Atlas has sought to avoid “vilifying people who don’t want to take it,” choosing to focus on education and rewarding paid time off, said Scott Goldberg, Atlas co-CEO.

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Juniper and Atria officials said their decisions to force employees to get vaccinated were not driven by widespread reluctance among their staff. Both chains will make exceptions for workers who are pregnant, allergic to vaccine ingredients, or have other compelling reasons to refuse the vaccine.

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