Mayo Clinic fires 700 unvaccinated employees, including in Arizona

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Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 12:47 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Mayo Clinic says they have fired approximately 700 employees who chose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO.

In a statement to Arizona’s Family, the Mayo Clinic said that employees were required to comply with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program by the Jan. 3 deadline. The health care provider didn’t specify the number of employees impacted nationwide, but WCCO reported that about 1% — or 700 staff members — were let go on Tuesday. Mayo Clinic reportedly has a workforce of about 73,000.

The Mayo Clinic sent the following statement to Arizona’s Family on the firings.

“Because employees are making a new decision to become vaccinated this week, we don’t have a final answer to your question. Overall, we don’t plan to break the numbers down for each of our sites. While it’s clear we don’t want to lose a single team member, we anticipate the number in Arizona not in compliance with our vaccine policy will be less than 1 percent of employees.”

Other Valley health care companies including ValleyWise, Banner, and Dignity Health required nearly all of its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 late last year.