Wisconsin’s largest children’s hospital suffered huge challenges treating the eighteen victims injured in the tragic Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Nov. 21 due to staffing shortages brought on by the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Children’s Wisconsin Milwaukee Hospital received eighteen children intentionally plowed down by an SUV during during a heavily attended parade Sunday afternoon. An eight-year-old boy died from injuries Tuesday. Several of the children are still in critical or serious condition.

The hospital was still treating seven victims as of Monday morning.


Five adults were killed Sunday when suspected driver Darrell E. Brooks, Jr. accelerated his Ford Escape along the parade route striking at least 68 people on the roadway and sidewalk. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. If contvited Brooks would face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

As reported by The Federalist, Children’s Wisconsin was not prepared for such an influx of patients. Their biggest issue was staffing shortages in large part due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Sources at Children’s Wisconsin indicate that when victims first started to be transported to the hospital, it did not have enough nurses or support staff to adequately handle the sudden rush.

“It was a nightmare,” said one nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to speak on the record. “We just don’t have enough people and [supervisors] were frantically calling in everyone they could, but it wasn’t enough. We are taking care of everyone the best we can, but it’s hard.”

A high-ranking official at Children’s, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the hospital currently has hundreds of open positions and attributes much of the staffing shortage to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Children’s Wisconsin website lists 239 open positions at its Milwaukee hospital and more than 450 across all of its campuses.

Children’s Wisconsin instituted a vaccine mandate on July 29.

“Children’s Wisconsin will require all team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, whether or not they provide direct patient care, and whether they work at a Children’s location or remotely. This includes all employees, physicians, other providers, learners, contractors and volunteers. The deadline for staff to be vaccinated is Nov. 15, 2021.”

The hospital reported they were at 90% vaccination two weeks prior to the November 15 deadline. Termination of non-compliant employees was scheduled for November 16.

“While we don’t want to lose a single team member, we recognize some small number may make the decision to not get vaccinated,” Chief medical officer Dr. Mike Gutzeit said at the time the mandate was issued.

Religious exemption requests were due Sept. 15. According to The MacIver Institute, 70% of them were denied.

Children’s Wisconsin has not disclosed the number of terminated employees or their positions in relation to the vaccine mandate.

It is clear that staffing shortages are having a huge impact on the hospital. Children’s closed its clinic in Delafield through the end of December due to staff shortages according to the MacIver Institute.

“This is because of the mandate,” one source said. “People either quit because their exemptions were denied or didn’t even bother to apply. They just started looking for other jobs.

The Federalist reported:

A nurse who was working last Sunday night said the staffing shortage was so severe that even Children’s President and CEO Dr. Peggy Troy was working the Emergency Department floor.

“I know it was partly ceremonial to say ‘We’re all in this together,’ but it was also because we just needed all the help we could get,” the nurse explained. “Dr. Troy was there until at least 2 a.m.”

The shortages continue, the nurse said, and are so severe that she and other nurses who volunteered to work an additional 12 hours over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend were offered $4,500 bonuses. The hospital official confirmed that administrators were giving out $1,000 bonuses to get nurses and other employees to work last Sunday night into Monday morning.

“[Administrators] have been touting the fact that we have 90 percent compliance with the mandate,” one source said, “but that means that we have lost 10 percent of our workers.”

The healthcare worker mandate has been perplexing. If the government was really so concerned with hospitals overflowing with COVID patients, why on earth would they implement a mandate that would create predictable shortages in much needed staffing?

What happened in Wisconsin should be a wake up call to everyone…

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