The Mayo Clinic fired close to 700 employees who failed to comply, with the world renowned medical center’s mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy.
Why did Mayo Clinic fire 700 workers?
The employees, who represent approximately 1% of Mayo Clinic’s 73,000 person workforce across all locations.
Its major campuses are located in Minnesota, Arizona and here in Florida.
Employees were required to be vaccinated by Jan. 3, unless granted an exemption for medical or religious reasons.
Those who were fired this week will still be allowed to re-apply for positions within Mayo Clinic’s hospital system, if they become vaccinated in the future.
Mayo Clinic officials released a statement in part saying, the vaccine mandate was based on science and data pointing toward vaccines keeping people out of hospitals and saving lives.
The Mayo Clinic first announced it would mandate vaccines for its staff back in July of 2021 before enforcing a Jan.
3 deadline to comply with the mandate.
They also faced backlash over its policy, with 38 lawmakers signing a letter to the hospital last month asking it to drop the requirement.