Before mandating vaccine, healthcare employers consider whether they can afford to lose staff

Monitor staff
Published: 8/19/2021 3:49:50 PM

With an American flag in one hand and a fuchsia sign in the other, Terese Grinnell stood in front of Concord Hospital for hours to protest impending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

After Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced they would require the vaccine for staff in early August, it seemed inevitable that smaller healthcare employers would soon follow suit. For Grinnell, a nurse in the Concord area who declined to say where she was employed, that requirement would be a deal-breaker.

“Healthcare workers deserve rights on health decisions… JUST LIKE our patients and families,” her sign read.

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