NJ Hospital System Fires 6 Workers for Refusing Coronavirus Vaccine

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, syringes containing the COVID-19 vaccine are displayed in Pompano Beach, Fla. The nation’s biggest immunization rollout in history is facing pushback from an unlikely source: health care workers who witnessed COVID-19′s devastation firsthand but are refusing shots in surprising numbers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, …
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File

A hospital system in New Jersey fired half a dozen of its workers for refusing to get vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus.

RWJBarnabas Health, the Garden State’s largest healthcare system, terminated the employment of six people described as “senior employees,” attributing it to “an ethical and professional responsibility to protect our patients and ensure a safe, COVID-19-free environment.”

In May, the healthcare system announced it would require all team members at the supervisory level and beyond to be vaccinated “with the anticipation that it will eventually be required for all staff.”

Team members at the supervisory level had until June 30 to receive their shots.

“As healthcare workers and as team members committed to providing a culture of safety, we have an obligation to do all we can to protect our patients and the communities we serve,” Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer for RWJBarnabas Health, said in a statement at the time.

“As a healthcare leader in the state, we must set the precedent to always provide the safest environment and protect the residents of New Jersey,” he added.

According to CBS News, a spokesperson confirmed that “the vast majority” of the management team has been vaccinated — 99.7 percent. The healthcare system expects to announce its plans for mandating vaccinations for “all staff and physicians” in the coming days.

“RWJBarnabas employs more than 35,000 people, including 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns. It operates 15 hospitals and a slew of medical centers across New Jersey, ” CBS News stated.

In a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey released this week, a majority of Americans, 71.4 percent, expressed the belief that getting a vaccine should be a “personal choice” rather than mandatory.

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