94 Yale New Haven Health employees to be fired for non-compliance with COVID vaccine mandate

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Yale New Haven Health will fire 94 employees for not complying with a COVID vaccine mandate.

Monday was the deadline for vaccinations across the health system.

According to the health system, 99 percent of employees are fully vaccinated or in the process of getting vaccinated.

“A lot of people have gotten vaccinated late. They’ve gotten the first shot, so, they have to get the second shot. If some of those folks ultimately decide not to for any reason, they would at that point be subject to termination at that time,” said Dr. Ohm Deshpande with Yale New Haven Health.

He said if those remaining employees decide to get vaccinated, “they’ll be welcomed back with open arms.”

“These are valued employees. The only reason they’re leaving is because of this vaccine issue,” Deshpande said.

The highest numbers of unvaccinated staff are in the areas of environmental services, food and nutrition, and nursing.

Deshpande said there are more than 1,000 vacancies at Yale New Haven Health.

“If these folks do get vaccinated and come back, is there is some risk that their job will be filled? There is some risk. But, there’s also a pretty good chance that we will absolutely be able to accommodate them and bring them back,” he said.

Deshpande said that ending up with 94 employees out of 29,000 is a huge success, adding that when they started vaccinating in December 2020, only around 70% of the workers thought they’d be getting vaccinated.

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