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Mayo Clinic Fires 700 Employees Amid Staffing Crisis Due to Vaccine Mandates

Staffing issues have plagued hospitals around the nation as the omicron variant leads the way in the latest COVID surge


The Mayo Clinic confirmed it fired 700 employees on Tuesday for not complying with its policy to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday.

“While Mayo Clinic is saddened to lose valuable employees, we need to take all steps necessary to keep our patients, workforce, visitors and communities safe. If individuals released from employment choose to get vaccinated at a later date, the opportunity exists for them to apply and return to Mayo Clinic for future job openings,” the clinic said in a statement to the Star Tribune.

The employees had until Monday to get vaccinated. The 700 people fired represents nearly 1% of the entity’s 73,000 employees. 

A spokesperson for the clinic told the Tribune, “while it’s sad to lose valuable employees, it’s essential to keep patients, the workforce, visitors and communities safe.”

Just before Christmas, a group of nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association held a press conference pleading with hospital CEOs in the state to address a growing staffing crisis. 

“To our patients, I want to say this: Nurses will be here when you need us. To our hospital CEOs and elected officials, please hear us: Nurses need more than words; we need action to address the crisis of staffing and retention in Minnesota hospitals,” Mary Turner, union president, and ICU nurse, said at the press conference.

Staffing issues have plagued hospitals around the nation as the omicron variant leads the way in the latest COVID surge. 

In Rhode Island, the state’s health department updated its guidance to allow COVID-positive health care workers to continue working if they have mild symptoms or are considered asymptomatic. The change applies to healthcare workers whose hospitals face a staffing crisis. 

State-run Eleanor Slater Hospital declared a staffing crisis amid the latest COVID surge. The hospital put employees with “mild symptoms” back to work. 

According to Health Department spokesman Joseph Wendelken, Rhode Island’s Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center began “using asymptomatic staff” on Monday and is no longer facing a “crisis,”. 

Multiple states have called in the National Guard to help support hospital staff during the Omicron surge. In New York, tens of thousands of health care workers were fired in 2021 for not complying with vaccine mandates, leading to the staffing crisis.

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6 responses to “Mayo Clinic Fires 700 Employees Amid Staffing Crisis Due to Vaccine Mandates”

  1. EricClough says:

    Where will the National Guard of various medical qualifications be coming from? Other medical jobs. Duh. So they’ll staff one facility while short-staffing another. These governors have their heads up their asses.

  2. itchy says:

    Fascinating to see medical centers enacting such unscientific policies.
    Being vaccinated has absolutely no correlation with being infected with covid or not. How is this keeping people safe when it’s a higher likelihood of being infected with covid (as can be seen by numerous studies and countries all over the planet, except the United States which continues to be one of the only nations in earth not showing the vaccinated rates of infection everywhere else is, perhaps it’s due to our definitions of “unvaccinated”, which are never explained in our data, and considering we seem to count everyone who didn’t get jabbed 3x and be tested within an extremely narrow window of time from that third jab, as unvaccinated, I’d guess that is the explanation for the data discrepancy from the rest of the world.

  3. SeanGrady says:

    Alert:Then, they will complain of being overwhelmed by the virus and the unvaccinated…when in reality it was just their own STUPIDITY. ***This already happens in the Twin City area hospitals…drives me absolutely nuts to think most people still believe this fake news. Headlines read: “Emergency rooms not able to handle the amount of COVID cases!” That’s because you fired people for not vaxinating…harumpf…IDIOTS! geez.

  4. RoadGlide16 says:

    Mayo has been on this downhill course for several years now. It’s not a bad place to get medical care, but it’s also no longer the pre-eminent medical destination it used to be either.

    Rochester is a “blue island” surrounded by a “red sea”. They employ people from a wide area surrounding Rochester and I’d guess most of the 700 were conservatives who commuted from red sea outside the city.

  5. Maiafay says:

    Manufactured crisis. They get what they deserve.

  6. pandusa says:

    Yep, shall be utter chaos. You don’t learn the intricacies of a job overnight. Like I said “lack of long-term planning skills shall be their downfall”. Alert:Then, they will complain of being overwhelmed by the virus and the unvaccinated…when in reality it was just their own STUPIDITY. But I know…you knew that.