CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards announces dismissal of employees failing to get COVID-19 vaccination
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards announced the dismissal of 64 employees in the health care system for failing to vaccinate for COVID-19.
CoxHealth asked its employees to get the first COVID-19 vaccination shot by October 15. This decision applied to all physicians, vendors, students, and employees who are on CoxHealth’s campuses. The final number of employees deciding against the vaccine was .51%. The system employs 12,500.
In a tweet on Twitter Tuesday, Edwards noted hospitals have required employee vaccinations for decades. He added patients should not be exposed to a deadly illness.
Hospitals have required employee vaccination for decades. A patient should expect not to be exposed to a deadly disease while in the hospital.— Steve Edwards (@SDECoxHealth) November 23, 2021
At our final deadline, 64 out of 12,500 employees, 0.51%, chose not to comply with our policy and were discharged.
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