WellSpan will now require vaccines for its employees

August 18 – WellSpan is a huge medical operation out of York and the organization has many facilities throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.

There are literally thousands of people in this area employed by WellSpan.

WellSpan announced this week that effective September 12, they are implementing a vaccine mandate for staff and if staff does not get vaccinated, they will have to undergo regular testing, which will likely be once every two weeks.

So far, court systems around the US and government agencies like OSHA and the EEOC have said yes, this is legal. Like it or not, an employer is allowed to do this.

For people that don’t want to get vaccinated or get tested, your job can be terminated.

It’s even possible you could be ineligible for unemployment benefits if you separate from employment in that scenario.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen talked about the vaccine mandate and WellSpan this morning during the Big Talk on First News.

Jansen asked, “Who has to pay for the testing?”

Barkdoll said, “That is not in their news release, but I would imagine the medical facility would absorb that cost. They certainly would have the infrastructure and the kits to do those tests, so I would think that that’s something they would do internally.”

Jansen said, “I would hope so. Although the sticks that are being brought out by these very, I almost want to call them fanatical, vaccinators that nothing is moral except their point of view that everyone has to be vaccinated. I’m not an anti-vaxxer. I have the vaccine myself. The astounding thing to me is the lack of understanding of human nature. This is WellSpan. You think they’d be better at the whole human nature thing than maybe other organizations. You are going to end up short changing your staff, which means your care will be compromised. At least they’re letting them stay. They’re not firing them like other organizations have done. Health organizations, which just astounds me that they would fire people, but you’re still going to be compromising care if a lot of people decide, no I’m not going to have my life controlled by testing and I’m going to quit.”

Barkdoll pointed out, “And we’ve seen that play out, that exact scenario. We know of at least one local nursing facility. For them it was an all or nothing proposition – get vaccinated or you’re fire. I understand a lot of people left. They’re now struggling to fill those positions, which ultimately, it harms the patients, the residents in those facilities. So it’s kind of a lose, lose all around.”