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Ascension St. Vincent's eases off on vaccine mandate

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Licensed practical nurse Ronald "Rhon" McGee was one of the first staffers at the Ascension Living St. Catherine Laboure Place nursing home in Jacksonville to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ascension St. Vincent's has rescinded the suspensions of staff, including those at its three Jacksonville-area hospitals who were sent home because of failure to comply with the hospital's Nov. 12 vaccine mandate.

The move stemmed from conflicting state and federal rules about employee vaccine mandates, according to a Nov. 19 internal memo obtained by Action News Jax. The contents of the memo were confirmed by Ascension spokesman Kyle Sieg.

Legislation signed by Gov. Ron Desantis on Thursday bans private Florida employers from mandating that all employees get vaccinated, instead requiring various exemption options. The legislation includes fines of $50,000 for larger companies that don’t allow employees to opt out and $10,000 for smaller firms.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.