Hundreds fired from Mayo Clinic after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID: Reports

Despite reports of short-staffed hospitals becoming overwhelmed with patients amid an ongoing pandemic, many health care networks are moving to fire the employees they do have left for failing to comply with vaccine mandates.

The latest to give unvaccinated employees the boot was the Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned medical research facility based in Minnesota that just fired roughly 700 employees for refusing to roll up their sleeves amid rising cases of COVID-19, according to the Washington Examiner.

A spokesperson for the nonprofit organization told the Examiner: “While Mayo Clinic is saddened to lose valuable employees, we need to take all steps necessary to keep our patients, workforce, visitors, and communities safe.”

Health care workers fired

CBS affiliate WCCO in Minnesota reported that the roughly 700 unvaccinated employees fired on Tuesday represent approximately 1% of the Mayo Clinic’s more than 73,000 employees overall, the remainder of whom are all at least partially vaccinated.

Employees who were fired have been encouraged to re-apply for their old positions if they decide to get the shots.

News Nation Now reports that the Mayo Clinic had set Monday, Jan. 3, as the deadline by which all employees needed to have obtained at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to remain employed by the organization.

The health care group also claims to have granted the vast majority of requested exemptions on medical and religious grounds.

“Your choice”

Nevertheless, some people aren’t happy about the firings.

Local NBC affiliate KTTC reports that numerous protesters, including some of the fired employees, made their voices heard outside the Mayo Clinic’s headquarters in Rochester, Minnesota, on Monday.

“I used to work here. As of today, I no longer work here. And I worked through the furloughs and all of that. Thanks a lot for a smack in the face,” one of the fired employees said.

Another of the protesters, who was reportedly still employed by the clinic, said, “As a nurse, my medical exemption was denied my first round. And my appeal was approved. So, I was very close to being in those shoes today.”

“Medical freedom. Your choice,” she added. Another demonstrator told KTTC: “How dare my employer stick their nose in my medical business.”

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