One of New Jersey’s largest healthcare providers has fired more than 100 employees who refused to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after already firing six supervisory-level employees for the same in June.
RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey on Monday laid off its 118 employees — 62 of whom were part-time workers — after refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the Oct. 15 deadline.
The healthcare provider, which employs more than 35,000 people, reports that 99.7 percent of their employees have been vaccinated.
RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey (photo: headquarters) has fired 118 employees who refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the October 15 deadline
‘All employees and doctors’ had to get the vaccine or get an exemption
“Unfortunately, and despite all efforts, 118 staff members have not adhered to the mandate and are no longer employees of RWJBarnabas Health, per our vaccine mandate policy,” a spokeswoman said. 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 its supervisory-level employees after failing to meet their June 30 deadline, before extending its mandate to “all employees and doctors.”
RWJBarnabas Health includes 11 hospitals and is the second largest healthcare provider in the state. They have reported that the departure of their 118 employees and the six senior staff they laid off in June for the same reason will not affect their ability to care for patients.
The company stated that concerns would not be affected by the departure and that they have taken mitigating measures by taking positions at risk of vacancy.
“Given that the total number of employees separated from the organization is distributed among our numerous facilities, types of jobs and work crews, patient care will not be affected nor will the normal operation of our services be affected,” the statement said. . said.
RWJBarnabas is the second largest healthcare provider in New Jersey with 11 hospitals, a medical school, and four emergency care facilities, among other facilities and treatment centers. It offers many health care benefits, including cancer treatments, transplant services, pediatrics, and more.
In the United States, nearly 60 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. In New Jersey, 65 percent of residents are vaccinated
The US and New Jersey are experiencing a decrease in COVID-19 cases over the summer with more than 122,000 new cases reported in the US yesterday, including 903 from New Jersey
New Jersey also implemented a weekly protocol of testing or vaccinations for all state and school employees on Monday.
All pre-K through 12th grade teachers and staff and state employees must now be fully vaccinated or participate in one to two weekly COVID-19 testing, according to ABC 6.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the mandate on Aug. 23.
“We will continue to do everything we can to start the school year safely,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Strong masking and vaccination protocols, along with other safety measures, are our best consolidated tool for keeping our schools open for full-time, in-person instruction.”
The current transfer rate in the state is just under four percent as they see a drop 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 and 65 percent of the total population is vaccinated.
The state’s vaccination rate is above the national average of 60 percent.