125 employees of Indiana University Health have been terminated after choosing not to comply with the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
IU Health said Thursday the 125 employees left after a two-week unpaid suspension period meant to encourage workers to get the shot ended September 14.
IU Health, Indiana’s largest hospital network, did not elaborate on what positions were affected, but that 61 of the 125 former employees had worked full-time.
IU Health announced in June that it would require all of its 35,000 employees to get the COVID injection by Sept. 1.
A spokesperson for IU Health released a statement confirming the news:
“Indiana University Health has put the safety and well-being of patients and team members first by requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1. After a two-week unpaid suspension period ending Sept. 14, a total of 125 employees, the equivalent of 61 full time employees, chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have left the organization.”
The media is beginning to report on the shortages of hospital staff workers coinciding with the implementation of vaccine mandates across the country.