North Carolina hospital system fires 175 unvaccinated workers
A North Carolina-based hospital system has fired roughly 175 unvaccinated employees for failing to comply with its vaccine mandate.
Why it matters: It's one of the largest-ever cases of mass terminations spurred by a vaccine requirement. Over 99% of its 35,000 employees have adhered to the mandate, according to Novant director of media and influencer relations Megan Rivers.
How it happened: Novant Health announced its vaccine policy for employees in July. The organization operates 15 hospitals and 800 clinics.
- Last week, Novant suspended 375 workers without pay for not following the mandate.
- They were given five days to get at least a first shot, which nearly 200 did by Friday, and will have until Oct. 15 to get fully vaccinated.
Our thought bubble, via Axios Charlotte's Michael Graff: The fact that they got to 99% is a testament to how suspensions really do make change.
- Slowly, a lot of the employees’ pushback stopped when the employers showed they were serious about suspending people and taking away their paychecks.
What they're saying: "Less than 1% opted not to comply. We're proud of the 35,000+ team members who chose to participate in the vaccine mandate program with patient safety at forefront," Rivers tweeted.
The big picture: The courts have upheld private employers' right to issue vaccine mandates.