A North Carolina-based hospital system has announced that it has fired about 175 unvaccinated employees for failing to comply with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Novant Health said last week that some 375 unvaccinated workers had been suspended and given five days to come into compliance with the mandate. Of the 375, spokesperson Megan Rivers said nearly 200 workers were vaccinated.
“We stand by our decision to make the vaccine mandatory as we have a responsibility to protect our patients, visitors and team members regardless of where they are in our health system,” said the chain, which runs 15 hospitals and 800 clinics. “We couldn’t be prouder of our team members who made the choice to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and remain part of our team at Novant Health.”
Hospitals have been ground zero for the mandate battle. “The mass termination of unvaccinated hospital system employees is among the largest of its kind to date,” The Washington Post reported. But ChristianaCare, a Delaware health system, also announced this week that 150 employees were fired for not complying with its vaccine mandate.