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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Thinks Vaccine Mandates Are a Factor Behind Wisconsin Hospital Worker Shortages

Monday, December 20th, 2021 -- 9:01 AM

(WRN) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos believes workplace vaccine mandates are one factor behind a shortage of healthcare workers in the state.

“And I think that’s why we’ve had some of these shortages. It's really a staffing shortage, because they’ve made choices that might not be the best for the long-term health care system."

"If Democrats want to somehow have the government become responsible for all of our choices I think that is bad for our society. I’m not a medical expert, I’m not going to pretend that I am."

"But I think all of us know what we understand, which is that it’s a personal choice, it’s got to be personal responsibility. As opposed to ‘we’re going to tell you what to do,’ and you wonder why people push back.”

The Republican leader made his comments during a year-end interview with WKOW’s “Capitol City Sunday.” In response, the Wisconsin Hospital Association said its members, on average, reported losing less than two percent of staff following announcement of vaccine mandates.

The hospital association cited “pandemic fatigue among health care workers. The latest surge of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has put stress on many hospitals, particularly in rural areas.

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