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According to reports, health care company Advocate Aurora Health has fired more than 400 employees because they have not been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Chicago’s Granthshala 32, citing information from the Chicago Sun-Times, reported that nearly half of the affected employees were part-time.


As the Sun-Times reports, the move follows a vaccination mandate for health care workers in Illinois, issued in August by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, a Democrat.

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Fox32 reported that employees at 26 sites in Illinois and Wisconsin represented less than 1% of Advocate Aurora’s work force of 75,000 employees.

“With approximately 99% of our team members complying with or in the process of complying with our vaccine policy, we are protecting the health and safety of our patients, communities and each other,” the company said in a statement.

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Advocate Aurora announced in August that its employees would be required to be fully vaccinated, Fox32 reported. The company said it would make some limited exceptions for religious or medical reasons, the report said.

The company will not provide details of what specific jobs the affected workers have, The Sun-Times reported.