RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey on Monday fired the 118 employees – 62 of them who were part-time workers – after they refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the October 15 deadline.
The healthcare provider, which employs more than 35,000 people, reported that 99.7 per cent of their employees have been vaccinated.
RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey (pictured: headquarters) has fired 118 employees who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the October 15 deadline
‘All staff and physicians’ were required to receive the vaccine or get an exemption approved
‘Regrettably, and despite all best efforts, 118 staff members have not complied with the mandate and are no longer employees of RWJBarnabas Health, per our vaccine mandate policy,’ a spokeswoman told NJ.com.
‘At RWJBarnabas Health, we have an ethical and professional responsibility to protect our patients and ensure a safe, COVID-19 free environment,’ a statement said.
Earlier this year, the company fired six of their supervisory-level employees after they failed to meet their June 30 deadline before it expanded its mandate to ‘all staff and physicians.’
RWJBarnabas Health has 11 hospitals, among other treatment facilities, and is the second-largest healthcare provider in the state. They have reported that the departure of their 118 employees and the six superior-level staff they fired in June for the same reason will not affect their ability to care for patients
The company stated that care would not be affected by the departures and that they have been taking mitigation steps by recruiting positions at risk for vacancy.
‘Given the overall number of staff who have been separated from the organization is distributed across our numerous facilities, job types and work shifts, patient care will not be affected nor will there be any impact on the normal operations of our services,’ the statement said.
RWJBarnabas is the second-largest of New Jersey’s healthcare providers with 11 hospitals, a medical school, and four urgent cares, among other facilities and treatment centers. It offers many healthcare benefits, including cancer treatments, transplant services, pediatrics, and more.
The United States has almost 60 per cent of the population fully vaccinated. New Jersey has 65 per cent of its citizens vaccinated
The US and New Jersey are experiencing a decline from summer COVID-19 cases with more than 122,000 new cases reported in the US yesterday, with 903 being from New Jersey
New Jersey has also implemented weekly testing protocol or vaccinations for all state workers and school employees on Monday.
All pre-K through 12th-grade teachers and staff and state employees are now required to be fully vaccinated or participate in one to two weekly COVID-19 tests, according to ABC 6.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the mandate on August 23.
‘We’re continuing to do all we can to ensure a safe start to the school year,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Strong masking and vaccination protocols, in tandem with other safety measures, are our best consolidated tool for keeping our schools open for full-time, in-person instruction.’
The current transmission rate in the state is just under four per cent as they’re seeing a decline in cases
New Jersey reported 903 new positive cases in the state yesterday. Murphy also reported 1,027,492 total positive PCR tests, 208 new positive antigen tests, and 154,559 total positive antigen tests.
The current transmission rate in the state is just under four percent with 65 percent of its total population vaccinated.
The state’s vaccination rate is ahead of the national average of 60 percent.