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Suspended UI health worker denied COVID vaccine exemption awaits fate – WISH-TV |  Indianapolis News |  Indiana weather


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tiffney Huddleston waits to hear her fate.

She was suspended from her job in the medico-surgical unit of a hospital at IU Health for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Huddleston said she wasn’t sure why she wasn’t fired with 125 employees last week but, before the deadline, she tried to fight the hospital group’s mandate to vaccinate all workers against the coronavirus.

“I asked for the exemption, like many times, for medical and religious reasons, and I was denied each time,” said Huddleston.

When that didn’t work, she said, she suggested the company provide weekly tests to staff who didn’t feel comfortable getting the shot. It was also an option President Joe Biden gave to companies when he announced a vaccine requirement for companies with 100 or more employees.

“The hospital I work in has COVID in the parking lot right next to me, as a testing place, so it’s not as if it would be a problem for one of the employees to cross the street to find himself. get tested, and I find it hard to believe they would refuse to do that rather than lose their jobs, ”Huddleston said.

IU Health has approximately 36,000 employees.

The next two hospital groups whose vaccination deadlines are rapidly approaching are Eskenazi and Ascension. Eskenazi employees had until midnight Monday and the Ascension deadline is November 12.

News 8 contacted Eskenazi to find out what he expected on Tuesday. The hospital wouldn’t share much about its process until it had a better idea of ​​how many employees were affected.