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Pink Slips Continue For Unvaccinated Workers

Kentucky health systems fire staff who refuse vaccination

BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW – Some Kentucky health systems have fired employees who did not comply with their workplace’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

By the end of the day Sept. 15, the requirement deadline, Morehead-based St. Claire HealthCare had fired 23 employees for noncompliance, hospital spokesperson Amy Riddle confirmed to Becker’s.

St. Claire announced its vaccine policy on Aug. 4. At that time, more than 70 percent of the health system’s workforce was already vaccinated, the organization said in a news release.

The last day for staff to initiate their vaccination or face involuntary separation of employment was Sept. 15. Twenty-three employees, or less than 1 percent of the health system’s workforce, did not comply.

Ms. Riddle told the Herald-Leader workers who refused vaccination included full-time and part-time workers, as well staff members who worked on an as-needed basis.

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Med Center Health in Bowling Green has also fired workers who did not comply with the health system’s vaccination requirement … READ MORE. 

Statement from Med Center Health, Bowling Green, KY

September 3, 2021

Med Center Health stands by our decision requiring staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We remain focused on the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community.

Since our vaccine requirements were announced in late July, approximately 1,000 Med Center Health staff members have chosen to be vaccinated raising our number of vaccinated staff to over 3,500. Med Center Health has now reached 100% compliance with our COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

180 staff members were terminated due to our vaccine requirement; however, at the same time, we have welcomed 178 new, vaccinated team members who have or will be joining us within the next week.

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We are very proud of our employees and physicians who are setting such a strong example for our community by choosing to be vaccinated. We encourage the community to follow the example of our healthcare team and get vaccinated for COVID-19.

We will continue to do our very best to care for the communities we serve. SOURCE. 

 

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