NJ health provider fires 6 employees for refusing COVID vaccine

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syringe with COVID-19 vaccine

A doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on July 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — A New Jersey health provider announced that they dismissed six health care workers for not complying with a mandate to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

RWJBarnabas Health — which operates out of West Orange — said that 99.7% of their 2,979 staff members at the supervisors level and above either were fully vaccinated or received medical and religious exemptions or got a referral.

They also announced that six staffers did not follow the mandate and were “no longer employees,” citing company policy, a spokesperson said.

A seventh staffer retired.

Over 5.5 million people who either live, work or study in New Jersey have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

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