Vaccine mandates kick in as hospitals struggle with staffing 

Leaders say workforce challenges driven by other factors 

DOUGLAS BROWN, president of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals, put it bluntly: “We’re going through the worst staffing crisis in our history.”  Yet, UMass fired more than 200 employees earlier this month, many of them working in clinical care. The reason: those employees did not comply with the health system’s mandate to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  “The thought(...)

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