San Diego Hospitals Aren’t Requiring Workers to be Vaccinated for COVID-19

“More than 80% of our of workforce is vaccinated and that number continues to climb each week,” says Sharp Healthcare. Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa shown. Courtesy of

Some hospitals in other parts of the country face pushback from employees over mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, but San Diego-area medical centers have largely avoided the issue, with hospital representatives telling City News Service they aren’t requiring workers to get the vaccine.

The uproar from some hospital employees gained national attention this week when the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas suspended 178 workers for failing to meet a Monday deadline to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The hospital’s mandatory vaccine policy has prompted more than 100 employees to file a lawsuit, challenging the ability to mandate vaccines that are only authorized for emergency use and are technically considered “experimental.”

The suspended employees were given until June 21 to be vaccinated, or face being fired.

Officials from various San Diego-area medical centers told CNS they have not instituted any mandatory vaccine policies.