No, FEMA does not replace laid-off healthcare workers with unvaccinated employees
Have you heard that healthcare workers fired for refusing the COVID vaccine have been replaced with unvaccinated federal workers? This is not true.
Popular online publications have claimed that FEMA workers are being used to fill in the gaps left by healthcare workers who have refused to comply with vaccine requirements – and that these FEMA workers themselves are not. not required to be vaccinated.
This statement is false on both points. Here are the facts:
CLAIM: Federal Emergency Management Agency workers are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but are used to replace health workers who refuse to comply with vaccination mandates.
THE FACTS: Claims are spreading across social media platforms, gaining thousands of likes and shares, but both claims are bogus.
FEMA workers are considered federal employees and must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden.
In addition, the agency does not send its workers to replace unvaccinated health workers.
“FEMA employees should be vaccinated as determined by the president,” FEMA director of public affairs Jaclyn Rothenberg told the AP, adding, “Social media posts that claim workers from FEMA’s replacement for unvaccinated healthcare workers is unequivocally wrong.
FEMA coordinates disaster preparedness and response within the federal government. Although the agency has supported states and health systems throughout the pandemic, it has mainly done so by providing resources and coordination assistance, such as setting up mobile vaccination units. and reimbursement to states for certain vaccination efforts, Rothenberg said.
In other cases, the agency has coordinated with the office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services to distribute supplies such as ventilators and antibody treatments. , and has worked with other federal agencies that deploy medical personnel requested by states, according to Rothenberg.
“In partnership with health and social services, veterans and the Department of Defense, we have deployed medical personnel at the request of the state to alleviate some of the stress caused by COVID on the health system of the ‘State,’ Rothenberg wrote in an email. “These deployed medical personnel comply with the requirements for vaccination and other preventive measures established by the receiving institution.”
Some states have raised the possibility of addressing potential personnel shortages by bringing in medically trained National Guard members. The Guard is also mandated to receive the vaccine under an order from the Pentagon.