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Staff at Piedmont Columbus Regional face termination in the event that they refuse to be vaccinated.

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COLUMBUS, Georgia (WTVM) – Employees at Columbus Hospital face dismissal if they fail to get vaccinated. Today an employee is ready to comment on this topic.

The employee of the Piedmont Columbus region, who does not want to be shown in front of the camera for fear of losing her job, comes to tears when she thinks about getting vaccinated despite her current situation.

“But now that I’m going to be a mother, I don’t want to do anything that could endanger him,” said the employee anonymously.

This employee says she is pregnant and is not comfortable with the vaccination.

“There are not enough long-term studies that show the effects this will have on a fetus,” said the Piedmont Columbus region employee.

Piedmont Columbus Regional sent an email urging all of their employees to get or get vaccinated by October 1st and if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will lose their jobs.

News Leader 9 reached out to Piedmont Columbus Regional and no one spoke on camera, but they posted this statement as well as an email to all employees.

It reads in part:

“Piedmont is expanding the COVID vaccination policy and making vaccination a prerequisite for the entire workforce in Piedmont, for the health and well-being of others and the patients we serve.”

However, the Piedmont employee interviewed says that this is not fair.

“This is not a choice that is an ultimatum. In my situation ….. I have to work, I’m having a child, ”said the woman.

According to her, some people have applied for exemption and have already been denied.

“They make it extremely difficult for anyone who applies for a postponement or leave of absence,” explained the Piedmont employee.

Some people in the community say the hospital should leave that decision up to the staff

“I don’t think they should fire a person who isn’t vaccinated,” said a Columbus resident.

While others say they believe hospital staff should be vaccinated and fired when they don’t.

“It is very important that the doctors, nurses and hospital staff are vaccinated,” said another resident.

The employee Newsleader 9 spoke to says she thinks a better solution would be to offer weekly rapid tests instead of requiring a vaccination.

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