St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mandating COVID Vaccines for Employees

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will require employees without an exemption to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 24, or else they will be fired. The hospital offers employees to receive their vaccination without penalty until September 9. If an employee isn’t fully vaccinated by then, they will be placed on unpaid administrative leave until they either start or finish their vaccination process. Medical or religious exemptions are offered.

Dr. James Downing, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital President and CEO, issued the email. He stated that hundreds of millions of people around the world have received the COVID-19 vaccine safely.

“The benefits far outweigh the risks of not getting vaccinated. COVID-19 can cause serious illness and death even in young, healthy people. Many individuals have long-lasting symptoms after infection,” claimed Downing.

According to CDC data, the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death is minimal for anyone under 29 compared to individuals aged 30 or above.

Downing cited the Delta variant and other mutations of the original COVID-19 strain as the reason for requiring staff vaccinations.

For any employees hesitant to receive the vaccine, Downing offered to refer them to their team of researchers and clinicians for assurance. He also included a link to the employee-only portal for further information on the vaccine, as well as an email for additional questions.

In closing, Downing asked the employees not to share the email with anyone outside of the hospital.

Nowhere in the email did Downing address how the hospital would respond to employees who experience adverse or potentially life-threatening reactions to the vaccine.

The Tennessee Star inquired with the hospital about their protocols for employees who experience the reportedly rare cases of heart inflammation or other adverse reactions that may become fatal. In response to our questions, hospital spokespersons shared Downing’s email to employees and the following statement with The Star:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC announced all St. Jude and Memphis-area ALSAC employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Thursday, September 9, 2021.

As our mission states and as our St. Jude core values echo, we must ensure that advancing treatment for children with catastrophic diseases is at the center of everything we do. This means providing our patients and their families with the safest treatment environment possible.

We reached this decision after much research, analysis and discussion. It is the right thing to keep our campus safe. Our duty to our patients frames everything we do. This is the logical next step to ensure we stay one step ahead of the virus[.]

We join other hospitals and institutions nationwide that are requiring vaccination to effectively fight COVID-19.

ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital share a campus and are jointly implementing this policy for the safety and well-being of our patient families and staff.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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9 Thoughts to “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mandating COVID Vaccines for Employees”

  1. William Delzell

    Why not? Don’t you want your children to have staff members who have sufficiently immunized themselves so that they won’t contaminate your child patients? If you really love your children, you will want their caregivers to be in good health and to be conscientious in taking care of themselves so that they can care for you and your children more effectively. Besides, we want our care-givers to be good role models to set a good example for us to follow. This is your chance to prove you are REALLY for family values!

    1. 83ragtop50

      Good role models make their own decisions. They do not allow themselves to be railroaded by employers or the government. Last I looked America was supposed to still have individual rights in spite of the Dimocrat’s relentless efforts to turn America into a socialist/communist entity.

  2. 83ragtop50

    Take the vaccine then sue them into next week if one has any adverse affects. And I mean any. This is an absolute attack on individual liberty encouraged by an overbearing government.

  3. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Poor children will go without care. I would quit and plan to if this ever arises in my career.

  4. Horatio Bunce

    “The benefits far outweigh the risks of not getting vaccinated.”

    Oh sure, just ask Joe Torre and the New York Yankees, or the NC State baseball team, or the Food Fighters or the UK Health Minister or the runaway TX Democrats flying without masks in violation of the “federal mandate”….all vaccinated, all infected anyway.

    St.Jude was one of the businesses promoting Common Core in the Race to the Trough application to get Obama’s education bribe. They shouldn’t be trusted. Or maybe you like critical racist theory/Bill Gates education. Come to think of it, Gates money is behind all these.

  5. Ms Independent

    This is disturbing.

  6. Steve Allen

    The following comment originated from am article I read this morning.
    If the (true) object of being vaccinated is to prevent getting the virus, why not just test to see if an individual has the antibodies already, thereby proving that they will not become infected and have no need to be vaccinated. Why the big push to force everyone to “get the jab”? Money, power, or is it something else.

    1. Ron W

      Something else! It seems to be a dangerous control cult.

      “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.” –Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

  7. LM

    It is unfortunate that St. Jude had taken this turn.