A North Carolina hospital system said it has terminated about 175 workers in what has been one of the largest mass-firings in the country over COVID-19 vaccine mandate compliance.
Novant Health Spokesperson Megan Rivers said Monday that around 200 of the 375 employees who were suspended last week over the vaccine rules had come into compliance by its Friday deadline.
More than 99 percent of the health system’s employees are now compliant with the vaccine mandate, including those who have submitted an approved religious or medical vaccine exemption, the company said.
“I am thrilled that the vast majority of team members gave Novant Health’s patients and visitors, as well as our team members, better protection against COVID-19 by complying with our vaccination mandate,” President and CEO Carl Armato said in a statement, CNN reported.
The Winston-Salem-based system employs more than 35,000 workers in its 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities.