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Group protests Med Center Health vaccine mandate

Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 1:23 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - On Friday, a group assembled outside the Medical Center in Bowling Green to protest the mandate for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Protesters said it should be their choice whether to get the vaccine or not. Now that the September 1 deadline has passed, there’s a feeling of uncertainty among those WBKO talked to.

“So not having gotten my vaccine, I was not told whether or not I have a job. I did not sign any letter of resignation so I did not personally resign. I have not been given any forms to fill out, I have not received a letter of termination, so I really don’t know what my status is at this time with the Medical Center,” sonographer Brittany Murphy said.

Med Center Health said as of Friday, September 3, 64 percent of the 87 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Friday afternoon, the Med Center released the statement below.

“Med Center Health stands by our decision requiring staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We remain focused on the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. Since our vaccine requirements were announced in late July, approximately 1,000 Med Center Health staff members have chosen to be vaccinated raising our number of vaccinated staff to over 3,500. Med Center Health has now reached 100% compliance with our COVID-19 vaccine requirements. 180 staff members were terminated due to our vaccine requirement; however, at the same time, we have welcomed 178 new, vaccinated team members who have or will be joining us within the next week. We are very proud of our employees and physicians who are setting such a strong example for our community by choosing to be vaccinated. We encourage the community to follow the example of our healthcare team and get vaccinated for COVID-19. We will continue to do our very best to care for the communities we serve.”

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