A Texas hospital system is the first in the nation to issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff, according to CBS News.
Houston Methodist hospital system, which includes a medical center and six community hospitals, has alerted its staff that they have until June 7 to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Managerial staff were required to meet an earlier deadline of April 15.
Should staff refuse, they risk getting fired.
The hospital center previously stated that the vaccine was optional for staff, but offered $500 bonuses to those who opted to do so. They later moved to a non-voluntary policy.
At least two of the complex’s 1,200 workers who hold managerial positions opted to leave over the mandate. As of Friday, 89 percent of employees had complied, however.