‘I Know A Lot Of People Who Have Quit’: Friday Deadline For Boston Hospital Employees To Get COVID Vaccine

Friday was the deadline for workers at three Boston hospitals to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

‘I Know A Lot Of People Who Have Quit’: Friday Deadline For Boston Hospital Employees To Get COVID Vaccine

BOSTON (CBS) – Friday was deadline day at three major hospitals in Boston. “I know a lot of people who have quit their jobs because they didn’t want to get the vaccination,” said nursing student Ariana Tanner. She works at Massachusetts General Hospital where employees were told to show proof they’ve had shots against COVID-19 by Friday, October 15th.

“I know a lot of employees are not getting vaccinated,” said Oyuky Vilchis, who works at the information desk. Mass General Brigham, which oversees both Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, sent a message to employees Thursday. “Non-compliant workforce…will be placed on unpaid leave and lose Epic and network access at the end of their shift on Wednesday.” They then have until November 5th to either show documentation or be fired for good.

“I’ve been on the front lines, and so we have felt exposed,” said Mass General cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Passeri. “It’s a lot better now that we’ve had the vaccine. Last year it was very difficult to be taking care of patients with COVID.”

That’s why 97% of employees have reported being vaccinated at Mass General, Brigham, their affiliates, with the same percentage at Boston Medical Center. That leaves more than 2,100 unvaccinated employees combined.

While BMC says it will have no impact on patient care, the tension can be heard in the voices of healthcare workers across the city. “It’s hard,” one medical assistant confided. “What do you do? You know you’ve got to take care of the people who are most vulnerable, which are patients, but you also have to take care of people who want to make a living. I wouldn’t want to be in the position of making the decisions that they’re having to make,” she said.

Other major hospitals in Massachusetts also have vaccination mandates in place, but their employees still have a few weeks to comply before those deadlines at the end of the month and beginning of November.

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Carlos Correa On Alex Cora’s Emotions With Daughter: ‘I Know What They’ve Been Through’

In an interesting moment before Friday night's Game 1, it was notable when Carlos Correa was asked what was going through his mind when watching Alex Cora get emotional while hugging his daughter following the Red Sox' ALDS-clinching win over the Rays.

Carlos Correa On Alex Cora’s Emotions With Daughter: ‘I Know What They’ve Been Through’

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Alex Cora was certainly guilty of participating in a sign-stealing scheme executed by the 2017 Houston Astros en route to their World Series championship. Then the bench coach of the Astros, Cora has admitted as much numerous times since MLB handed out punishment last April.

Yet, the punishment was certainly distributed disproportionately. Despite MLB determining the operation was “player-driven and player-executed,” there were no players punished. Only Cora, then-manager A.J. Hinch, and then-GM Jeff Luhnow, were suspended after the investigation. The only player to suffer any consequences was Carlos Beltran, who had been named the Mets’ manager but ended up losing that opportunity.

The players on that team — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, George Springer, Yuli Gurriel, and others — suffered no consequences for their actions, and didn’t even have to hear much jeering in the mostly empty-ballpark season of 2020.

So, in an interesting moment before Friday night’s Game 1, it was notable when Fox’s Ken Rosenthal asked Correa what was going through his mind when watching Cora get emotional while hugging his daughter following the Red Sox’ ALDS-clinching win over the Rays.

“It was a very emotional moment,” Correa said of his former bench coach in Houston and former manger in the World Baseball Classic. “I know what they’ve been through — obviously we’ve lived it, and I know what his daughter has been through. So for him to hug his daughter and embrace her and then have that special moment where he’s back in Major League Baseball and she’s back with him winning playoff series, it’s very special for that man. And I’m very happy for him and for his daughter, and you know what he’s done this year with with the Boston Red Sox.”

Correa played in 58 of the Astros’ 60 games last season, before playing in all 13 playoff games last fall, before playing in 148 games in 2021 and five playoff games (and counting) thus far in the postseason. He lost none of his salary during that time, of course.

REMINDER: Rob Manfred’s Ruling On Astros’ Cheating Scheme Had One Insane Conclusion

So while he and his teammates certainly heard some mean heckles in places like New York and Los Angeles, they didn’t quite live the same experience of Cora, who was banished from the sport for a full season.

Carlos Correa and Alex Cora during the 2017 World Series. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, it’s clear that despite Cora largely serving as a scapegoat for the “player-driven and player-executed” sign-stealing scheme, Correa still feels fondly about his former coach and fellow Puerto Rican.

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