Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida closed its maternity unit ‘until further notice’ due to staffing shortages after firing unvaxxed healthcare workers.
Recall, Holy Cross imposed a vaccine mandate for all 2,500 employees.
The healthcare workers had until September 21 to get jabbed or lose their job.
“If they have not been vaccinated or have received an approved exemption they will no longer be able to work at Holy Cross Health by September 21st,” said Dr. Jose Lopez, Holy Cross chief medical over the summer.
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Holy Cross closed its Labor and Delivery unit and told pregnant women to go find another place to give birth.
A Covid surge has reportedly caused a staffing shortage among the fully vaccinated workers at Holy Cross.
It looks like the vaccine mandates are working at Holy Cross Health!
The Daily Mail reported:
A Florida hospital has been forced to close its maternity unit and tell expectant moms to give birth elsewhere after the state’s record-breaking COVID surge caused staff shortages.
Holy Cross Health Hospital in Fort Lauderdale announced on Sunday afternoon that it is shutting down its Labor and Delivery delivery unit ‘until further notice’ due to ‘critical staffing levels.’
That means pregnant women who’d planned to give birth there and are almost at their due dates must now go through the stress of finding a new hospital.
However, the hospital said in a statement that its neonatal intensive care and post-partum units will remain open.
‘People are out sick due to the surge in Covid cases,’ Holy Cross spokesperson Christine Walker added in an interview with NBC Miami. She spoke after Florida recorded 85,000 COVID cases on Saturday and Sunday, and almost 50,000 new infections on Monday.
The hospital did not mention a re-opening date for its Labor and Delivery Unit. Its emergency service division was also shut down on December 29 for similar reasons.