La. hospital to charge employees extra fee for unvaccinated spouse

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Frontline hospital employees at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York look on as the Nassau County Police Departments Pipes & Drums and a parade of emergency vehicles hold a parade to honor the front line hospital employees May 13, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Frontline hospital employees at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York look on as the Nassau County Police Departments Pipes & Drums and a parade of emergency vehicles hold a parade to honor the front line hospital employees May 13, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Frontline hospital employees at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, New York look on as the Nassau County Police Departments Pipes & Drums and a parade of emergency vehicles hold a parade to honor the front line hospital employees May 13, 2020. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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Louisiana’s largest health system, Ochsner Health, will start charging employees $200 each month if their spouse is unvaccinated. The Louisiana health care system said it’s prepared to launch the “spousal COVID vaccine fee” in 2022.

The fee would affect employees whose spouses are on the hospital’s plans, reportedly charging an additional $200 each month or $100 each pay period. The announcement has received backlash and comes as healthcare workers across the country are choosing to abstain from the jab, causing widespread medical staffing shortages.

“We were celebrated last year,” said a nurse in Indiana, referring to their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. “But a few nurses did end up leaving due to [the hospital] not accepting their medical issues or having a reaction or adverse effect to the first dose of the COVID vaccine.”

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