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Mayo Clinic fires 700 for refusing COVID vaccines


Hundreds of Mayo Clinic employees are out of work in the new year after they refused to follow the medical center’s vaccine mandate.

In a statement to News4JAX, Mayo Clinic said nearly 99% of employees across all Mayo Clinic locations complied with Mayo’s required COVID-19 vaccination program by the Jan. 3 deadline, but about 700 people in the 73,000-person workforce were fired for noncompliance. The Florida Times-Union, a WJCT news partner, reported that none of the firings came in Florida.

Compliance with the program required receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and not being overdue for a second dose, for Moderna and Pfizer. Only medical or religious exemptions were allowed, and the majority of medical and religious exemption requests were approved, Mayo Clinic said.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner News4Jax.