No less than 1,400 employees of the Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider, have been sacked for refusing to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination. a spokesman, Joe Kemp, told Reuters.
New York’s vaccination mandate for healthcare workers went into effect two week ago.
As with other healthcare companies that have recently terminated workers for not complying with vaccine mandates, the fired employees represent a small percentage of Northwell’s workforce of more than 76,000, all of whom are now inoculated.
Northwell announced its vaccine mandate in August, weeks before the state requirement. The company’s mandate extended to both clinical and non-clinical workers.
“Our goal was not to terminate employees. Our goal was to get people vaccinated.”
Kemp said the terminations will have no impact on patient care at Northwell’s 23 hospitals and other facilities.
“Northwell regrets losing any employee under such circumstances. We owe it to our staff, our patients and the communities we serve to be 100 percent vaccinated against COVID-19,” the company said in a statement.”