Wilbarger General Hospital talks federal vaccine mandate

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT
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VERNON, Texas (KAUZ) - President Joe Biden is mandating large companies of a hundred employees or more to require their staff to get vaccinated.

Tom Siemers, the CEO of Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon, said he’s prohibited from requiring his employees to get vaccinated due to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s mandate because Wilbarger General is a district hospital.

“If we lose more people that are skilled that can take care of these patients, whether they’re clinical or administrative, it’s a real problem for hospitals because there’s no way to back fill those loses,” said Siemers.

The hospital recently received six additional staff members to care for patients, allowing them to now better serve the community.

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