Ochsner responds after group of employees file lawsuit to block vaccine mandate

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- A group of employees has filed a lawsuit against Ochsner Health in an attempt to block the vaccine mandate for their employees.

Ochsner released this statement in response to the lawsuit:

“As of Wednesday, October 6, more than 86% of Ochsner Health employees are fully vaccinated and 90% have received their first dose. We’ve seen this number continue to grow since we announced our employee vaccination requirement on August 24 following full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, when 69% of our employees were vaccinated. We’re proud to see members of our team roll up their sleeves each day to protect themselves and our patients.

Just as other health systems and large employers have experienced, employee vaccination requirements paired with ongoing vaccine education and outreach have been very successful. As we approach our October 29 deadline, we’re doubling down on our outreach efforts including open forums, in-unit rounding, educational resources and round-the-clock vaccination opportunities to our team. We continue to receive and review medical and religious exemption requests from employees and have continued to communicate that process to our team members. 

Requiring the vaccine for our employees, providers and vendors is an important step towards protecting our patients, employees and community. As one of the region’s largest employers and healthcare providers, we lead by example. We have taken care of approximately 30% of Louisiana’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients – representing nearly 20,000 lives. This policy will reduce severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

While we confidently support and believe in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination, we understand there are individuals who have concerns and questions. We remain committed to being a resource for our team, patients and community.

— Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health

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