An unnamed employee at Delta Health leaked a video that appears to show a lawyer representing the hospital offering employees a way around getting the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, according to Denver7 News.
The Delta Health employee said the lawyer's statement was an attempt to provide a loophole for people who don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
"I was appalled actually. I just have no faith in the healthcare system that I work for," the employee told Denver 7 News.
The lawyer for Delta Health is heard on the recording telling employees, "If you are willing to sign this affidavit, which states, 'I hereby swear and affirm that I have sincerely held a religious belief or religious conviction that prevents me from getting the COVID vaccine,' that is good enough for me."
"She basically said, 'No one's going to get fired. Just sign this form saying you have a religious exemption, and we'll honor it. No questions asked,'" the Delta Health employee told Denver7 news.
According to a lawyer with law firm Polsinelli, there is nothing illegal in the lawyer’s comments.
"An employer can say, 'Yes, I do want information about your beliefs. I want information about how you practice it and why it may be different from what we’re asking you to do.' Or, an employer can say, I'm going to give more benefits to my employees than the law requires, so I’m not going to ask for that additional information. I will just accept this affidavit,'" said Gillian Bidgood.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partial statement commented, “We’re asking all healthcare facilities and their workers to follow the intent of this mandate to help save lives and protect patients.”
"This is an HR policy and these issues will be handled at the HR level. Like any HR policy, there is a process for disciplinary actions for noncompliance. At this time we have not terminated any employee for noncompliance with the vaccine mandate. Delta Health’s goal is to continue to be a resource for compassionate, quality healthcare that our community can trust," a Delta Health official told Denver7 News.
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