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New York’s Largest Health Care System Fires 1400 Employees for Defying COVID Vaccine Mandate

New York State’s largest health care system, Northwell Health, fired at least 1400 employees this week after the workers failed to comply with the government’s COVID vaccine mandate.

“Northwell regrets losing any employee under such circumstances, but as health care professionals and members of the largest health care providers in the state, we understand our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other,” spokeswoman Barbara Osborn said in a statement. “We owe it to our staff, our patients and the communities we serve to be 100 percent vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The majority of terminations took place in 11 hospitals on Long Island.

“Officials at Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital in Oceanside said letters of separation were being sent to 14 staffers who have not provided proof of vaccination. Another 100 staffers have requested religious or medical exemptions. The hospital has 3,657 full- and part-time staff and is currently at 99% compliance,” reports Newsday.

“Mount Sinai South Nassau supports the New York State and federal mandates that health care workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones, the community and the patients we serve,” the hospital said in a statement. “We have repeatedly counseled unvaccinated staff who have concerns about the vaccine, providing information in Town Hall settings, unit meetings and during one-on-one discussions with our clinical experts.”

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