Science tells us that any of us can be carriers and spreaders of Covid, regardless of whether we are vaccinated or not. Vaccination is immensely successful in preventing people from dying or being hospitalized – but vaccinated and unvaccinated people are equally dangerous to others in terms of spreading the virus.
So why are we mandating vaccines?
If you have made the corporate decision to mandate vaccination for all of your employees, telling them that they will be fired if they don’t comply (fear-based motivation), are you prepared to lose your best employees for a cause that is based on questionable scientific evidence? In the last three months 16 million Americans have quit their jobs – the most in the 22 years that the US government has been tracking this data. And there are nearly 11 million job vacancies.
At Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, New York, 165 employees remain unvaccinated. Only 73% of their employees are vaccinated. As a result, so many unvaccinated employees have been fired, that Lewis County General Hospital’s CEO, CEO Gerald Cayer, has said that as a result, the hospital’s maternity ward and newborn nursery will pause deliveries. “The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies”.
Other employers will seize the opportunity to hire any unvaccinated, but otherwise brilliant, high-performing employees, and then build protocols around the values and beliefs of those employees in order to reap the rewards that high performers generate – without any risk to others.
How would you approach the situation faced by Lewis County General Hospital? How will you approach this decision that has become so polarized?