Houston Methodist Hospital requires staff to receive COVID-19 boosters by March 1

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As the omicron variant continues to spike, Houston Methodist Hospital is asking staff to give a booster shot.

Staff members received a message from the hospital’s CEO stating that managers were required to have a booster shot on January 31 and all other staff members had to get the shot until March 1.

The video above is from an earlier story.

“It’s been seven months since our deadline for the first two injections and most of us have gotten a boost, but we need to make sure we all are. Like I said. said when we did this for the first time, as paramedics, we” made a sacred vow to do everything we could to keep our patients safe and healthy. – this includes booster injections now,” wrote CEO, Dr. Marc Boom. “We have bravely fought against COVID-19 for almost two years. And while we can’t predict every variation like the omicron, we need to be nimble and do what we can to protect our patients. Vaccines are safe, and we know that boosters are the best protection available against this variant. “

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The City of Houston and Harris County have seen the impact the increase in omicrons has had on some hospitals, particularly on staffing and service availability.

On Tuesday, Harris County commissioners approved more than $43 million in spending on two emergency COVID measures. The first is hiring up to 664 temporary nurses to address shortages at local hospitals across the county. This is the second time that trustees have had to replenish the sick and exhausted health care workforce on the front lines of the pandemic in nearly two years.

Houston Methodist Hospital said it is preparing to take on about 100 temporary workers.

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