A North Carolina health care system said it suspended hundreds of its employees after the firm implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, adding that workers who refuse to get vaccinated after five days will be fired.
“Beginning this week, approximately 375 team members- across 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities- have been confirmed to be non-compliant and are not able to report to work,” stated a press release from Novant Health, which is based in North Carolina but operates in other states.
“They will have an opportunity to comply over a five day, unpaid suspension period,” the release said.
“If a team member remains non-compliant after this suspension period, he or she will have their employment with Novant Health terminated.”
The firm then claimed that about 98.5 percent of its workforce are compliant with the policy, meaning they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers who started a two-dose vaccine series have until Oct. 15 to get the second shot, Novant said. Read more…