A large New York health care system said on Monday it fired 1,400 workers because they refused to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Northwell Health eliminated about 2 percent of its workforce, which is spread across New York City, Westchester and Long Island.
The workforce in the 23-hospital system is now 100 percent vaccinated, the system told the news outlet in a statement.
The health care system said, “Northwell believes that having a fully immunized workforce is an important step in our duty to protect the health and safety of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve. ” “This allows us to continue to provide exceptional care at all of our facilities, without interruption, and to remain open and fully operational.”
“Northwell regrets the loss of any staff in such circumstances, but as health care professionals and members of the state’s largest health care provider, we recognize our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other.” We understand this. We owe it to our employees, our patients and the communities we vaccinate 100 percent against COVID-19,” it added.
A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether any religious or medical exemptions were granted.
Health care workers in New York were ordered to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by a Democrat, Gov. A legal challenge was partially rejected late last month except for those seeking religious exemptions. Additionally, President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to issue a new nationwide requirement for employers who have 100 or more employees to mandate a vaccine or weekly COVID-19 testing.
Thousands of unpaid health care workers were placed on unpaid leave last week because of Hochul’s mandate. The situation caused some disruption. For example, Strong Memorial Hospital said it is holding off some elective procedures for two weeks.
The Epoch Times previously reported that Northwell workers were being denied benefits such as employer contributions to retirement plans because of their refusal to vaccinate.
John Trincchino, a registered nurse, told The New York Times that he was fired last week at Staten Island University Hospital, which is part of Northwell.
Trincino said he did not agree with the vaccine mandate because he had recovered from COVID-19. Studies show that people who recover from a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus enjoy the same amount of protection against subsequent infections as those who are vaccinated.
“All of this is going to lead to worse care for patients, and I just hate it,” he said.
Northwell activists protested the mandate on the day it came into force, arguing that it infringes on people’s liberties. [delete]
Karen Rosez, a patient care technician at Northwell Hospital in Riverhead, New York, told The Epoch Times that she knew that refusing to get a vaccine could mean she lost her job, but added that They will not be “intimidated or pressured” [by] for any reason. “
“This is not an anti-vaccine statement. It is a freedom of choice statement,” she said.
Petr Swab and Dave Pon contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times