ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The debate on vaccinations has led to a protest outside Mercy Hospital South.
The demonstrators walked along the public sidewalk on Kennerly Road to protest on hospital policies that require employees to get influenza conditions.
However, it is unclear whether any hospital staff were involved in the protest. The demonstrators said they are followers of employees requesting an exemption from the flu bed because of valid religious or medical reasons.
Nelia Abuchon, the woman who organized the protest, said she is a friend of a nurse at Mercy South Hospital who was revealed this week after her exemption was founded for religious reasons denied.
The protest organizer said that her friend has been a nurse at this hospital for five years and had a religious exemption earlier when this plant was known as St. Anthony’s Medical Center. But since Mercy bought the hospital about a year ago, it seems to be harder to get that exception.
“Mercy has a policy that says they accept religious and medical exceptions, yet it seems they do not accept them, they deny them,” said Abuchon. “At Mercy South, this nurse knows no other doctor or nurse who actually granted their religious or medical exceptions and frankly, here we are focused on religious exceptions because this nurse chose instead of being forced to receive the shot. She finished yesterday. “
Mercy Hospital South released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon in response to the protests:
” The point of our influenza vaccination policy is simple: protection against the influenza virus saves lives, especially our most vulnerable patients.
“Employees whose exemptions were not approved will be notified this week and, according to our policy, may not continue to be employed without vaccination.”
Mercy’s statement goes On saying that there were more than 44,000 employees throughout the system, it received about 1
70 exemptions this year. The majority of these requests were approved.
The protests said that in addition to religious and medical exceptions, this is also a choice problem. One demonstrator even had a sign saying “My body, my choice.” There were some representatives who participated in the demonstration of the Missouri Coalition for Vaccine Choice and the Missouri Coalition for Medical Freedom.