The layoffs represent less than 2 percent of workers employed at the network’s 23 hospitals and more than 800 outpatient clinics.
Elsewhere, an estimated 5,000 employees, or 12 percent, of New York City’s public hospital system hadn’t been vaccinated when the state mandate went into effect last week. Stephanie Guzman, a spokesperson for Health + Hospitals, said the agency was up to 93 percent compliance as of Monday, and that the remaining 3,000 holdouts were being put on unpaid leave.
Source: Northwell Health Lays Off 1,400 Employees Who Defied COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate – Gothamist
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was booed by Republican activists Saturday after he suggested they should consider taking the coronavirus vaccine, making him the latest prominent Republican to face a backlash from the party’s grassroots over the vaccine.
Speaking at a county Republican event in Summerville, South Carolina, Graham said he had received the vaccine and encouraged audience members to take the vaccine as well.
“If you haven’t had the vaccine you ought to think about getting it because if you’re my age—” Graham said, before he was interrupted by boos and shouts of “No!” from the audience.
Source: Republicans Shout Down Rep. Lindsey Graham for Pushing Vaccine
New York’s requirement that virtually everyone who works in the city’s public schools be vaccinated against the coronavirus compelled thousands of Department of Education employees to get at least one dose of a vaccine in the past week, leading to extremely high vaccination rates among educators, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
About 95 percent of all full-time school employees have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the mayor said, including 99 percent of principals, 96 percent of teachers and 94 percent of non-education staff.
Roughly 43,000 doses total have been administered since the mandate was announced in late August, including more than 18,000 shots that were given to staff members since Sept. 24.