A Houston-area nurse is the latest health-care worker to claim she lost her job over refusing to get a Covid vaccine—an issue that could grow more common across industries as offices reopen and employers start mandating vaccinations.
Former Houston Methodist nurse Michelle Fuentes told KRIV-TV she was fired and escorted out of the hospital after refusing to meet the hospital's deadline to get vaccinated.
Fuentes said she was waiting for a "little bit more research to be done" on the vaccines and had turned in her two-week’s notice after refusing to get one, but was terminated before her planned resignation date.
Jennifer Bridges, another nurse at Houston Methodist, which is the first hospital in the country to require all employees to be vaccinated, told KHOU-TV she plans to file a lawsuit against the hospital challenging the mandate.
Some smaller health-care and nursing facilities have already had vaccine requirements in place.
Last month, Desiree Pelletier had a similar story, telling WPMT-TV she was being fired from her job at a Pennsylvania behavioral health center for refusing the vaccine.
In January, workers at a Rock County, Wisconsin-owned nursing home who refused a vaccine were laid off after being told vaccinations were "a requirement for all staff," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.