Governor of Maine Activates National Guard to Staff Hospitals After Firing Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers
Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) on Wednesday activated the National Guard to staff hospitals after firing unvaccinated healthcare workers.
Recall, Governor Janet Mills in August announced that healthcare workers in Maine must be fully vaccinated by October 29.
The Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit on behalf of approximately 2,000 healthcare workers in August.
On October 29 the US Supreme Court in a 6-3 vote rejected the health care workers’ request.
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Three conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said they would have ruled in favor of the Christian group seeking relief from the Covid vaccine mandate.
Hospitals in Maine are now understaffed due to Mills’s Covid vaccine mandate.
Bangor Daily News reported:
Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she is activating the Maine National Guard to augment short health care staffing and requesting federal help for two beleaguered hospitals amid a record COVID-19 surge.
It was an extraordinary response coming as Maine hospitals struggle with a surge of patients that have pushed many to capacity or just below it. Maine called upon the National Guard last year to help stand up temporary hospitals in the event hospitals were overwhelmed, but those measures were never put in place. The number of open beds statewide is the lowest that it has been during the coronavirus pandemic.
In hospitals, Guard members will be administering monoclonal antibodies, a therapy aimed at treating more serious cases of COVID-19, to free up critical care space. These Guard members will be deployed to hospitals starting next week through the end of January.