Flowers Hospital speaks on mask mandates

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Protestors outside Flowers Hospital said they’re concerned about the rights of medical workers who haven’t been vaccinated.

Recently, Flowers Hospital started routine COVID testing for any unvaccinated hospital and clinic staff members to ensure the safety of others.

“It’s our health care workers,” Protestor at Flowers Hospital, Rickey Helms said. “These are our heroes from a few months ago where everybody, there were signs outside Flowers Hospital that said heroes work here and now they are going to suspend them.”

So what does happen to unvaccinated workers who won’t comply with testing?

In a new statement today, Flowers Hospital says “employees who do not comply with this routine testing are placed on unpaid leave.”

But employees could soon face a federal mandate to be vaccinated. The White House plans to require vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including hospitals.

Flowers Hospital says they’re still waiting for more guidance, but they plan to comply with the order, however, the hospital mandate faces political opposition.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has said the state will fight back against federal vaccination mandates, leaving the issue of mandates and their enforcement unresolved for the foreseeable future.

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