Dozens protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the Spartanburg Regional

An impending deadline for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on a hospital system in Upstate is approaching. The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that it will require its staff to be fully vaccinated by early 2022. “If anyone chooses to get it, it’s their choice,” said Christy McCall, a Spartanburg Regional employee. “It should be my choice not to get it.” Dozens of people stood along the street opposite the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on Friday, protesting against the vaccine mandate. “This is my body,” said Carisa Shenton, a Spartanburg Regional staffer. the.” Some employees were among the people protesting the mandate. Several say they feel compelled to choose between their livelihood and getting the vaccine. Others came out to support health professionals and push for the right to be able to choose whether they want the vaccine. “It’s okay if someone will choose to do something for themselves, no one says you can not do it,” Upstate resident Katie Hall said, “We just ask everyone that we all have that freedom.” Spartanburg Regional announced that it will comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, citing The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ vaccine policy. Under the CMS policy, the Spartanburg Regional says it does not allow COVID-19 testing as an alternative to vaccination. The health system will implement the policy in two phases. In Phase 1, all Spartanburg Regional Providers and Partners must have had at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a single-dose vaccine. In Phase 2, all Spartanburg Regional Providers and Partners must be fully vaccinated by January 4th. “It’s a slap in the face to us, to a great extent,” McCall said. “Now we are not even recognized as heroes anymore. We are told that we have to choose between our family and to support our family instead of getting a vaccine.” The hospital system has more than 9,500 employees and providers. “I want to see it ultimately up to the individual choice as long as they maintain the respect of people who choose to get it,” McCall said. Spartanburg Regional says employees can apply for a dispensation under the Americans with the Disability Act or religious beliefs, observances or practices established under Section VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The hospital system says 100% of teleworkers are exempt from the mandate. This week, OSHA suspended its enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate. A federal appeals court upheld a stay on the policy.

An impending deadline for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on a hospital system in Upstate is approaching.

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced that it will require its staff to be fully vaccinated by early 2022.

“If anyone chooses to get it, it’s their choice,” said Christy McCall, a Spartanburg Regional employee. “It should be my choice not to get it.”

Dozens of people stood along the street opposite the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on Friday, protesting against the vaccine mandate.

“This is my body,” said Carisa Shenton, a Spartanburg Regional employee. “I’m right, and if I do not want the vaccine right now, then I should choose to get it when I want it, if I ever want it.”

Some employees were among the people protesting against the mandate. Several say they feel compelled to choose between their livelihood and getting the vaccine.

Others came out to support health professionals and push for the right to be able to choose whether they would get the vaccine.

“It’s okay if someone will choose to do something for themselves, no one says you can not do it,” said Upstate resident Katie Hall. “We just ask everyone that we all have that freedom.”

Spartanburg Regional announced that it will comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, citing The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ vaccine policy.

According to the CMS policy, the Spartanburg Regional says it does not allow COVID-19 testing as an alternative to vaccination.

The health service will implement the policy in two phases.

In Phase 1, all Spartanburg Regional Providers and Partners must have had at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a single-dose vaccine.

In Phase 2, all Spartanburg Regional Providers and Partners must be fully vaccinated by January 4th.

“It’s a blow to our face, to a great extent,” McCall said. “Now we are not even recognized as heroes anymore. We are told that we have to choose between our family and to support our family instead of getting a vaccine.”

The hospital system has more than 9,500 employees and providers.

“I want to see it ultimately up to the individual choice as long as they retain the respect of people who choose to get it,” McCall said.

Spartanburg Regional states that employees may apply for an exemption under the Americans with Disabilities Act or religious beliefs, observations, or practices established under Section VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The hospital system says that 100% of remote staff are exempt from the mandate.

This week, OSHA suspended its enforcement of the federal vaccine mandate. A federal appeals court upheld a stay on the policy.

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