Employees fired for refusing to take the vaccine are not eligible for unemployment insurance
Granthshala News has learned that New York’s largest private healthcare provider has fired some 1,400 employees who refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
A spokesman for Northwell Health confirmed Monday that it “had to drop out” of 1,400 staff members, but noted that most of its members opted to get vaccinated. With the expulsion, Northwell employees are now 100% vaccinated.
“Northwell regrets the loss of any staff in such circumstances, but as health care professionals and members of the state’s largest health care provider, we understand our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other.” are,” the spokesperson said. “We owe it to our employees, our patients and the communities we serve to be 100% immunized against COVID-19.”
The spokesman said that Vaccinated staff will allow Northwell to “provide exceptional care without interruption at all of our facilities and to remain open and fully operational.”
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“Northwell believes that having a fully immunized workforce is an important step in our duty to protect the health and safety of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve.”
New York began intensifying the heat last month to get a vaccine for government workers and health care workers. Hospitals and nursing homes in New York have begun furloughing workers for failing to meet state-mandated deadlines as Gov.
“For those who haven’t taken this decision yet, please do the right thing,” Hochul said in a press briefing. “Many of your employers are just too eager to hand you over and say you’re part of the family, we need your help to continue.”
Employees who refuse shots face suspension and dismissal. Workers terminated because of refusal to receive the vaccine without a doctor-approved request for medical accommodation are not eligible for unemployment insurance.