Hello, comms pros and messaging maestros.
We hope you enjoy this week’s stories—along with practical tips and takeaways—for the week of June 7-11, 2021.
1. A harbinger of looming vaccine battles.
Houston Methodist’s vaccine mandate showdown is playing out in the public eye.
USA Today reports:
Scores of workers at a Houston hospital system have been suspended and face being fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, a controversial company mandate that has drawn protests and an outcry from those facing termination.
Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom said the 178 workers represent less than 1% of almost 25,000 employees.
“We are nearly 100% compliant with our COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” Boom said in an email to staff Tuesday. “Houston Methodist is officially the first hospital system in the country to achieve this goal for the benefit of its patients.”
Boom said that 27 of the 178 suspended workers have received one dose of vaccine and that he is hopeful they will get the second dose. All are suspended for two weeks and are set to be fired if they fail to be fully vaccinated.