On Tuesday, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic fired 700 of their unvaccinated staff, despite already facing a substantial employee shortage.
In December, the Minnesota Nurses Association expressed its concern over staffing shortages. The association held a press conference on December 20 to inform the hospital CEOs of this critical situation, and the union president, Mary Turner, described it as a “crisis of staffing and retention in Minnesota hospitals.”
Despite these warnings, Mayo Clinic proceeded to fire 700 health care workers, worsening the severity of the staffing shortage crisis.
“While Mayo Clinic is saddened to lose valuable employees, we need to take all steps necessary to keep our patients, workforce, visitors, and communities safe,” the Mayo Clinic said in a statement on Tuesday. “If individuals released from employment choose to get vaccinated at a later date, the opportunity exists for them to apply and return to Mayo Clinic for future job openings.”
The Mayo Clinic, despite its prestigious reputation, has chosen to ignore the science that suggests natural immunity is more protective against COVID than being vaccinated, which does not prevent individuals from getting the virus. Instead, the clinic opts to selectively cite certain ‘scientific’ findings on COVID, but not others that do not line up with their agenda.
“Based on science and data, it’s clear that vaccination keeps people out of the hospital and saves lives,” said the Mayo Clinic. “That’s true for everyone in our communities—and it’s especially true for the many patients with serious or complex diseases who seek care at Mayo Clinic each day.”
Hospital staff shortages are beginning to cause issues throughout the country. In neighboring Wisconsin, hospitals had a difficult time caring for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade due to a lack of sufficient personnel.