A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that roughly 175 unvaccinated employees were fired for failing to comply with the organization’s mandatory coronavirus vaccination policy, the latest in a series of healthcare dismissals over coronavirus immunization.
MSN News is reporting that Novant Health said last week that 375 unvaccinated workers — across 15 hospitals and 800 clinics — had been suspended for not getting immunized. Unvaccinated employees were given five days to comply.
According to WJZY, Officials said the terminated workers had the opportunity to comply over a five-day, unpaid suspension period. Novant Health and Atrium Health announced in July that the health systems would require all workers to get the vaccine.
Novant employees were given until Sept. 15 to get the shot. Workers who have started a two-dose vaccine series will have until Oct. 15 to get their second dose and remain in compliance, the health system said.
Novant workers who have been granted a medical or religious exemption are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, wear N95 masks and eye protection while at work. Over 99% out of nearly 35,000 Novant Health employees are in compliance with the health company’s policy, Rivers tweeted Monday.