RWJBarnabas Health terminates 118 employees for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandate
RWJBarnabas Health has terminated 118 employees who did not adhere to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, calling it an ethical and professional responsibility to protect patients and ensure a COVID-19 free environment.
Of the staff at the
supervisory level and above, 99.7% were fully vaccinated, or had received medical and
religious exemptions or a deferral.
Staff members and physicians
who are not at the supervisory level and above had a vaccination deadline of
Oct. 15. Most complied by the deadline, although 118 employees did not.
A company statement reads,
“Sixty-two of those staff members were per-diem employees who worked occasional
shifts across our organization. While we take the loss of any team member
seriously, we had anticipated some of our staff would not be in compliance and
took steps to proactively recruit for positions deemed at-risk for
vacancy. Given the overall number of staff who have been separated from
the organization is distributed across our numerous facilities, job types and
work shifts, patient care will not be affected, nor will there be any impact on
the normal operations of our services.”
There is no mention of how many, if any, employees
were let go from the hospital in New Brunswick.