Cincinnati Facing a Nursing Shortage Due to Vaccine Mandate

Photo by Cedric Fauntleroy on A healthcare hero putting her life on the line, whether or not vaccinated

A hospital bed is worthless unless there are support staff to service that bed’s occupant. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients need nurses, PCTs (patient care technicians), respiratory therapists, physicians, pharmacists, and housekeeping. In this circumstance, nurses and respiratory therapists are more important than physicians.


Pushback against area hospital systems’ mandates for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 continues with the latest coming from more than 100 nurses who say they’d quit before complying. 

A number of UC Medical Center nurses, responding to a union survey, indicated they would leave their jobs if the hospital system’s vaccine mandate is finalized. 

The Ohio Nurses Association survey was conducted immediately after UC Health and other area hospital systems announced they would mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for their employees. The survey, done Aug. 5-12, was made public Wednesday. Results show that 136 of 456 nurses who responded – balked at the mandate. The medical center has more than 1,500 nurses.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: To avoid the hospital, you need to stay as healthy as possible, which includes regular exercise and weight management. At least change your weight category from obese to overweight. I can help.

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