As Omicron Surges, Understaffed Hospitals Ease Mandates, Rehire Unvaxxed Employees, by Natalia Mittelstadt

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Traveling nurses, relief workers and National Guard mobilization are among the stopgaps to which states are resorting to cope with shortages of healthcare workers…  activating the National Guard to assist hospitals that are short-staffed due to vaccine mandates and the Omicron variant.

By Natalia Mittelstadt, Just the News, January 2, 2022

After unvaccinated healthcare workers were fired for refusing to comply with vaccine mandates, some are being asked to return to work due to staffing shortages amid increasing COVID-19 cases.

In Canada, for example, Alberta Health Services announced on Dec. 23 it will allow unvaccinated healthcare workers to resume their jobs starting Jan. 10 if they submit to frequent testing. AHS cited expected increased demands on the health system due to the spread of the Omicron variant for the policy change. As of the date of the announcement, 1,400 healthcare workers who were not fully vaccinated had been placed on unpaid leave.

AHS said that unvaccinated workers will be responsible for paying for and coordinating their COVID tests, which they must complete no more than 48 hours prior to their shifts. …

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