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National Walkout protest planned at Ascension Genesys Hospital

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Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township

Ascension Genesys employees concerned about patient care following vaccine mandate suspensions

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) - One nurse from Ascension Genesys Hospital said that a group of employees plans to participate in a Nationwide Walkout in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

She said that the plan is for anyone who opposes the mandates to call off work Wednesday, citing personal reasons.

“Everybody is calling off to say they do not agree with the mandate of the vaccination,” the nurse said.

She said there are dozens of employees at Ascension Genesys who plan to participate in a Nationwide Walkout that’s been circulating social media.

“Not just nurses,” said an anonymous source. “It’s building and grounds, CNAs, cafeteria, security. It’s everybody there.”

Even though the post says “walk out,” she said that’s not what’s going to happen.

“If you were to just get up and walk out, it would be patient abandonment and that’s not anybody’s goal,” she said. “We do not want to hurt patients, we just want to have our voices heard.”

Ascension Genesys released a statement about the planned National Walkout:

“We respect the right of our associates to peacefully voice their opinions about the Covid-19 vaccine.”

The statement did not include how they plan to address staffing or patient care if a large number of employees participates in the planned walkout.

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