Northwell Health — the state’s largest hospitals and medical community — has fired 1,400 workers for refusing to obtain the coronavirus vaccine, it was revealed Monday.
Northwell Health has over 76,000 workers and is now filling the positions left vacant by employees who refused to adjust to the state mandate for well being employees to get vaccinated, a spokesman mentioned.
Service for sufferers has not been affected, the rep mentioned.
In New York City, Northwell Health operates Lenox Hill hospital in Manhattan, Long Island Jewish and LIJ Forest Hills in Queens, and Staten Island University hospital.
“Northwell Health is proud to announce that our workforce – the largest in New York State – is 100 percent vaccinated. This allows us to continue to provide exceptional care at all of our facilities, without interruption and remain open and fully operational,” the hospital community mentioned in an announcement.
“Northwell has taken a rapid, aggressive approach to move successfully toward full vaccination compliance while maintaining continuity of care and ensuring that our high standard of patient safety is not compromised in any way. We thank the vast majority of our employees who did the right thing and got vaccinated.”
A Northwell Health spokesman confirmed that 1,400 employees have been let go.
“Northwell believes that having a totally vaccinated workforce is a crucial measure in our obligation to guard the well being and security of our workers, our sufferers and the communities we serve.
“Northwell regrets dropping any worker beneath such circumstances, however as well being care professionals and members of the most important well being care supplier within the state, we perceive our distinctive accountability to guard the well being of our sufferers and one another. We owe it to our workers, our sufferers and the communities we serve to be one hundred pc vaccinated towards COVID-19.
A spokesman mentioned, “We are backfilling through recruitment. But nothing has caused any impact on patient care.”
Other hospitals have additionally suspended or fired employees who’ve refused to adjust to the state vaccine mandate for well being care employees, put in place to curb COVID-19 in affected person settings. The mandate has been topic to a number of lawsuits.