The Mayo Clinic revealed that it has fired 700 employees who failed to comply with the non-profit medical center’s mandate for all staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Workers had been required to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday with 700 employees, roughly 1% of its 73,000 total workers, failing to meet the requirement and would be “released from employment.”
“This is a time when Mayo Clinic must stand firmly behind the evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines to help protect the health and safety of our patients, workforce, visitors and communities.
Based on science and data, it’s clear that vaccination keeps people out of the hospital and saves lives,” the clinic said.
The clinic said that the majority of medical or religious exemption requests made by employees in response to the mandate were granted.
Additionally, it added that fired employees could return to the medical center at a later time if they choose to comply with the mandate.
“If individuals released from employment choose to get vaccinated at a later date, the opportunity exists for them to apply and return to Mayo Clinic for future job openings,” Mayo Clinic said.